Cowboys vs Bulldogs Round 1 Tips, Predictions & Preview

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Cowboys vs Bulldogs Tips

One of last season’s bottom two clubs will claim an opening round win as the North Queensland Cowboys entertain Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday night in Townsville.

Cowboys vs Bulldogs Tips, Preview & Predictions

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs free NRL Round 1 expert betting tips, predictions and preview by our NRL tip expertsthe Bulldogs have lost 14 of their last 16 games in Queensland…

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Cowboys vs Bulldogs Tips

Best Cowboys -1.5 line odds $2.00 with Ladbrokes

  • Cowboys have won the last three meetings between the teams
  • All three of those wins were by a 1-12 margin
  • Bulldogs have lost 14 of their last 16 games in Queensland
  • Bulldogs have never beaten Cowboys at their new stadium
  • Kyle Feldt has scored a try in four of his last five games vs Bulldogs
  • Josh Addo-Carr has scored at least one try in his last three games vs Cowboys

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Cowboys vs Bulldogs Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday March 13
Time: 6.15pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Queensland County Bank Stadium


Cowboys vs Bulldogs Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 18/4/21: Cowboys 30-18 Bulldogs
  • 19/3/20: Bulldogs 16-24 Cowboys
  • 29/8/19: Cowboys 15-8 Bulldogs
  • 26/4/19 Bulldogs 24-12 Cowboys
  • 14/4/18: Cowboys 10-27 Bulldogs

Cowboys vs Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

After nightmare seasons in 2021, one of the Cowboys and Bulldogs will start 2022 in positive fashion as the two teams conclude Round 1 action in Townsville on Sunday night.

North Queensland finished the season in disastrous fashion at home and have failed to win a match in Townsville since Round 12 last season

Todd Payton has brought in some experience in the halves, with Chad Townsend set to partner Tom Dearden first up, while Peta Hiku joins the backline.

With the likes of Jason Taumalolo, Valentine Holmes, Coen Hess and Hamison Tabuai-Fidow, there’s enough firepower there for the Cowboys to be dangerous, but they need leadership and guidance that they will hope Townsend brings at halfback.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs spent big in the off-season in a bid to move on from the wooden spoon and begin a charge back towards the finals after five years in the wilderness.

Matt Dufty, Josh Addo-Carr, Brent Naden, Matt Burton, Paul Vaughan, Tevita Pangai Jr, Max King and Braidon Burns all make their Bulldogs debuts in this game.

Trent Barrett is under immense pressure with Phil Gould looking over his shoulder and if the Bulldogs fail to win this game or next week against the Broncos, they are staring down the barrel of going 0-6 as they face last season’s top four in their next four games.

Attack has been a constant issue for the Dogs since they won their last premiership back in 2004, so fans are hoping Burton can deliver – but is Jake Averillo the man to partner him?

VERDICT:

It’s a tough one to call with a new-look Bulldogs side who didn’t impress in the trials, with the problems in their attack still lingering.

It might take a while for all of their new players to settle down and form combinations, which could spell the end of Barrett over the next month or so.

North Queensland won both their trial games and have never lost to the Bulldogs in their new stadium. We’ll back them to cover the -1.5 line at home as our best bet (Best Cowboys -1.5 line odds $2.00 with Ladbrokes.)


Cowboys vs Bulldogs Teams

Cowboys team: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Reuben Cotter 15. Jordan McLean 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Tom Gilbert 18. Jake Granville 19. Scott Drinkwater 20. Griffin Neame 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Ben Condon

Bulldogs team: 1. Matt Duffy 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Braidon Burns 4. Brent Naden 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Jake Averillo 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Jack Hetherington 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Corey Waddell 16. Max King 17. Chris Patolo 19. Brandon Wakeham 20. Aaron Schoupp 21. Joe Stimson 22. Josh Cook 23. Ava Seumanufagai 24. Kyle Flanagan 25. Reece Hoffman


Cowboys vs Bulldogs Stats

  • Cowboys have won the last three meetings between the teams
  • All three of those wins were by a 1-12 margin
  • Bulldogs have lost 14 of their last 16 games in Queensland
  • Bulldogs have never beaten Cowboys at their new stadium
  • Kyle Feldt has scored a try in four of his last five games vs Bulldogs
  • Josh Addo-Carr has scored at least one try in his last three games vs Cowboys

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