Written by Christopher Tearse
Friday, July 24, 6.00 PM, Round 11, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, North Queensland Cowboys take on Manly Sea Eagles NRL Match Preview
The Cowboys aimed up against the Panthers and competed for the whole game, unfortunately, only days later they lost their head coach Paul Green which makes their response this round somewhat unpredictable, the Sea Eagles, on the other hand, are looking to stay within the grasp of the top eight, Manly need to make it two in a row to stay in contention for a top-eight position and with AddinFonua-Blake back in the side, it should only help.
The North Queensland Cowboys
1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Connelly Lemuelu 4. Esan Marsters 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh Mcguire 9. Reece Robson 10. Francis Molo 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo
Reserves: 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Reuben Cotter 18. Murray Taulagi 19. Ben Hampton 20. Jordan McLean 21. Emry Pere
Coach: Josh Hannay
The Manly Sea Eagles
1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Reserves: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Corey Waddell 19. Tevita Funa 20. Abbas Miski 21. Haumole Olakau’atu
Coach: Des Hasler
The last time these two teams met the Cowboys at home lost to the Sea Eagles 20-22. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 28 matches played between the Cowboys and the Sea Eagles favour the Sea Eagles winning 15, all other statistics indicate the Cowboys score more points on an average but also concede more.
Manly Sea Eagles for the win.
If we had to pick a line?
Sea Eagles -3.5