Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Broncos and Cowboys set for another close battle

Andrew Hendrie 19 Mar 2019
  • Brisbane Broncos clash with North Queensland Cowboys in Round 2 of the NRL on Friday
  • The last 10 games between the sides have been decided by a margin of 1-12
Broncos face Cowboys on Friday

Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys renew their rivalry when they square off in NRL Round 2 action on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

Broncos vs Cowboys kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Brisbane and North Queensland are set for another tight tussle as the two teams battle for early season bragging rights on Friday nights.

The last 10 games between these teams have been decided by a 1-12 margin, including a series of three straight one-point thrillers, including the 2015 NRL Grand Final, where a Johnathan Thurston field goal landed the Cowboys their maiden premiership.

Thurston of course called time on his legendary career at the end of last season, but Michael Morgan showed last week he is more than capable of slipping into his boots and piloting the Cowboys around the paddock.

North Queensland were on of the stand-out teams in the opening round last week, conquering the Dragons 24-12, highlighted by a blistering performance by their forward pack - especially Jason Taumalolo - which in turn allowed Morgan the space and time he needed to create.

Meanwhile, the Broncos weren’t too bad against the Storm down at AAMI Park last week, but they never really threatened to challenge for the win apart from a brief fightback midway though the second half.

Anthony Seibold now faces a bit of pressure to avoid a two-match losing run to open the season against a Cowboys side that is soaring in confidence after just one game.

The main issue for the Broncos against Melbourne was their lack of structure in the halves - both Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima are instinct players, and while that can be a good thing, playing them both at the same time in the halves is still very much a work in progress.

I think this will be another very close game, but with the way North Queensland won the forward battle last week - and how Morgan performed on the back of that - I’ve got to give the Cowboys the edge. Paul Green’s team arguably has the best forward pack in the game, and if Morgan reproduces his quality from last week, he should be able to guide the Cowboys over the line.

Match Odds


Brisbane Broncos - $1.57
North Queensland Cowboys - $2.36

Stats


  • The two teams have split their last four meetings at two wins apiece
  • Their last 10 games have been decided by a margin of 1-12
  • Their last four games at Suncorp have been decided by four points or less

Teams


Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd 2 Corey Oates 3 James Roberts 4 Jack Bird 5 Jamayne Isaako 6 Anthony Milford 7 Kodi Nikorima 8 Tevita Pangai Jr 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Joe Ofahengaue 11 Alex Glenn 12 David Fifita 13 Matt Gillett. Interchange: Kotoni Staggs 15 Jaydn Su’a 16 Thomas Flegler 17 Shaun Fensom. Reserves: 18 Patrick Carrigan 19 Patrick Mago 20 Richard Kennar 21 Gehamat Shibasaki

Cowboys: 1 Jordan Kahu 2 Nene Macdonald 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Tom Opacic 5 Javid Bowen 6 Te Maire Martin 7 Michael Morgan 8 Matthew Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 Jordan McLean 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Coen Hess 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 John Asiata 15 Josh McGuire 16 Mitchell Dunn 17 Francis Molo. Reserves: 18 Ben Hampton 19 Jake Clifford 20 Corey Jensen 23 Enari Tuala

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