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Cowboys v Wests Tigers: Schick Preview

Post by willow » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 12:46 pm

Cowboys v Wests Tigers: Schick Preview

Thu 06 Apr, 2017, 9:00am
By Dylan Morris‌, North Queensland Corrrespondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

Schick Hydro Preview: North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers
1300SMILES Stadium
Saturday, 7.30pm

The Cowboys and Tigers are sitting at opposite ends of the table heading into Round 6, with the Cowboys at four wins from five starts while the Tigers are languishing in last place having only won a single game.

Despite the obvious difference between the teams, this could very well be a close contest, given the Cowboys' injuries and the Tigers' new coach in Ivan Cleary.

Jake Granville will be gone for three to six weeks, and Ben Hampton will replace him. Both men are small and fast, but experience with the team could make all the difference. Lachlan Coote is caught under an uncertain injury cloud, with Kalyn Ponga waiting to replace him. The young star is a good addition but lacks the experience to direct the Cowboys around the park as well as Coote does. This was clear in the Cowboys' Round 5 game against the Rabbitohs where the fullback defused several grubbers and scrambled well in defence.

Meanwhile the Tigers' talking points are away from the field following the appointment of Ivan Cleary. The players will be glad to have the drama around coaching staff finished with, and will be looking to make a good first impression to avoid being caught up in a potential shake-up in the following weeks.

Both teams have it where it counts, the Cowboys have great players in several positions like Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan, Gavin Cooper and Jason Taumalolo. The Tigers have established and up-coming players of their own, who can push the team up the field and score tries when they're there. James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Aaron Woods are not to be underestimated.

Why the Cowboys can win: They will be missing one key player from their attack and defence, and possibly two depending on Coote's condition, but the Cowboys will still be devastating up the middle and have strength and speed on the edge. Taumalolo is the obvious wrecking ball to push them up the field given he hasn't made fewer than 200 metres in a game this season. He's supported by Scott Bolton and Ethan Lowe who are improving in the absence of Matt Scott, with the pair averaging 145.2 metres per game. Pair this power in the middle with Thurston and Morgan passing to the likes of Gideon Gela Mosby and Kyle Feldt and they have a combination for points. After seeing Ben Hampton run down an intercept last week, it will be exciting to see another of the Cowboys' fastest players over 10 metres scooting out of dummy-half.

Why the Tigers can win: Woods, Moses and Tedesco are consistent from week to week, and the players around them will have an extra incentive with Cleary appointed to turn the club's season around. Woods is averaging 160 metres per game, and it will only take one other Tigers forward like Elijah Taylor or Ava Seumanufagai to have a barnstorming performance to really tilt the contest in their favour. The Tigers also have the most offloads in the game compared to the Cowboys' least, and if Tedesco can capitalise on broken play throughout the match they'll have Paul Green's side reeling.

The history: Played 32; Cowboys 15; Wests Tigers 17. The Tigers won the only encounter between the team last year, but the Cowboys have still had it over the Tigers in recent times, winning three of their last five matches.

What are the odds: Sportsbet customers are including the Cowboys as a lock in their weekend multis, and they're taking them to win 13-plus too. Gideon Gela-Mosby is the overwhelming favourite for first try-scorer according to the punters. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

Match officials: Referee: Grant Atkins. Assistant Referee: Chris Sutton. Touch judges: Belinda Sleeman and Nick Morel. Review Officials: Ben Galea and Ashley Klein.

Televised: Channel 9 and Fox League – Live from 7:30pm.

How we see it: Even with a new coach and several injuries in the Cowboys squad, the Tigers will struggle to dominate the middle third of the field against Taumalolo, Bolton and Patrick Kaufusi. There's also the fact that the best player in the world is pulling the strings and players like Ponga and Coen Hess will be coming off the bench to up the energy in the middle of the game. Cowboys by 12.


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Post by jirskyr » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 1:08 pm

Never write off the Tigers v Cowboys, but Moses being consistent each week... well consistent in failing to set up tries, yes.

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Post by Trisdar » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:07 pm

Is this on channel 9

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Post by Sco77y » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:17 pm

jirskyr wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 1:08 pm
Never write off the Tigers v Cowboys, but Moses being consistent each week... well consistent in failing to set up tries, yes.
I expect even less from him now with all of the events over the past couple of days.. Will be an interesting year.

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Post by TYGA » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:23 pm

I'd have Moses mark Tamulolo all game. New strategy.


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Post by hobbo » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:27 pm

Trisdar wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:07 pm
Is this on channel 9
Foxtel

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Post by Geo. » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:28 pm

Wests Tigers got dis one...
Ivan's Laws

1. You are either on the Bus or you are off..
2. The Star of the Team is the Team
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..
happy tiger wrote:
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Sorry FT , you know I'm not the brightest match in the pile

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Post by hobbo » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:31 pm

Geo. wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:28 pm
Wests Tigers got dis one...
Then why you tipped da cows ?
:D

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Post by Geo. » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:42 pm

hobbo2803 wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:31 pm
Geo. wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:28 pm
Wests Tigers got dis one...
Then why you tipped da cows ?
:D
I tipped Wests Tigers with 16.5 start...

Now if you can tell me who will win out of the Warriors and Parra H2H..I shall be forever grateful..
Ivan's Laws

1. You are either on the Bus or you are off..
2. The Star of the Team is the Team
3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..
happy tiger wrote:
Mon 11 Jun, 2018 10:03 pm


Sorry FT , you know I'm not the brightest match in the pile

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Post by hobbo » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:56 pm

Geo. wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:42 pm
hobbo2803 wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:31 pm
Geo. wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:28 pm
Wests Tigers got dis one...
Then why you tipped da cows ?
:D
I tipped Wests Tigers with 16.5 start...

Now if you can tell me who will win out of the Warriors and Parra H2H..I shall be forever grateful..
Parra
Gamble responsibly :lol:

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Post by jirskyr » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 3:03 pm

Sco77y wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:17 pm
jirskyr wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 1:08 pm
Never write off the Tigers v Cowboys, but Moses being consistent each week... well consistent in failing to set up tries, yes.
I expect even less from him now with all of the events over the past couple of days.. Will be an interesting year.
You know if he is a legitimate talent he will rise to the challenge this week. Nothing better as a test of the top players than for them to produce excellence in spite of things happening around them, or even because of the things happening around them.

The best way to show everyone why Tigers are wrong and Eels (and yourself) are right is to knock the Cowboys out of the park with a tremendous display.

There have been comments on here that Broses would do better behind a better pack. Well I'd like them to also explain how we've had something like 90 tackles in the opposition 20 in the last 4 rounds and managed to only score 3 tries? The forwards have to get you to the try line, they can't take all the responsibility for crossing it as well.

Football games are high pressure, it stands to reason if you can handle the pressure on-field, you can handle some pressure off-field as well.

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Post by TCL » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 3:13 pm

jirskyr wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 3:03 pm
Sco77y wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:17 pm
jirskyr wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 1:08 pm
Never write off the Tigers v Cowboys, but Moses being consistent each week... well consistent in failing to set up tries, yes.
I expect even less from him now with all of the events over the past couple of days.. Will be an interesting year.
You know if he is a legitimate talent he will rise to the challenge this week. Nothing better as a test of the top players than for them to produce excellence in spite of things happening around them, or even because of the things happening around them.

The best way to show everyone why Tigers are wrong and Eels (and yourself) are right is to knock the Cowboys out of the park with a tremendous display.

There have been comments on here that Broses would do better behind a better pack. Well I'd like them to also explain how we've had something like 90 tackles in the opposition 20 in the last 4 rounds and managed to only score 3 tries? The forwards have to get you to the try line, they can't take all the responsibility for crossing it as well.

Football games are high pressure, it stands to reason if you can handle the pressure on-field, you can handle some pressure off-field as well.
Very good point Jirskyr!

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 4:37 pm

Who is marking Taumolololo?
JLJ?

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Post by happy tiger » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 5:25 pm

hobbo2803 wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:56 pm
Geo. wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:42 pm
hobbo2803 wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:31 pm
Geo. wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 2:28 pm
Wests Tigers got dis one...
Then why you tipped da cows ?
:D
I tipped Wests Tigers with 16.5 start...

Now if you can tell me who will win out of the Warriors and Parra H2H..I shall be forever grateful..
Parra
Gamble responsibly :lol:
Good thinking Geo , ask Hobbo what his tip is and go exactly the opposite

Warriors with Foran mate

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Post by willow » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 8:35 pm

We won't get within 12 points of the Cowboys.

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Post by happy tiger » Thu 06 Apr, 2017 9:50 pm

willow wrote:
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 8:35 pm
We won't get within 12 points of the Cowboys.
We might not get within 12 tries :cry:

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