North Queensland Cowboys target back-to-back victories for the first in nearly a year when they entertain the winless Canterbury Bulldogs to conclude NRL Round 6 action on Sunday.
Cowboys vs Bulldogs Tips, Preview & Predictions
North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Cowboys have won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams…
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Cowboys vs Bulldogs Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday April 18
⏰ Time: 4.05pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Queensland County Bank Stadium
Cowboys vs Bulldogs Head to Head (last five matches)
- 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
- 11/5/17: Bulldogs 14-30 Cowboys
Cowboys vs Bulldogs Preview and Prediction
The Cowboys have an excellent chance to pick up rare back-to-back wins when they host the embattled Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon in Townsville.
Not since March 19 and May 5 – either side of the pandemic break last season – have the Cowboys won in consecutive weeks, but after upsetting the Tigers at Leichhardt last week, they have the opportunity to do just that on Sunday.
North Queensland had conceded 44 and 48 points to the Titans and Sharks heading into that clash, but they produced their best performance of the season to blitz the Tigers in the opening half before fighting off a second-half comeback to prevail 34-30.
It was a much-needed win for the Cowboys and they will be hoping captain Jason Taumalolo will be fit to return from a broken hand in what would be another major boost for this clash.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are enduring another nightmare season and it doesn’t look like getting better anytime soon.
Canterbury have scored the least amount of points across five rounds since Western Suburbs in 1999 – and that’s after scoring three tries in a 52-18 defeat to Melbourne last week.
The Bulldogs have now conceded 174 points in their five games and are the only side in the NRL without a win this season. Despite bringing in some star-studded recruits and a new coach in Trent Barrett over the off-season, the Bulldogs look as flat as ever in attack.
As mentioned, this is a fantastic opportunity for the Cowboys. They are at home, coming off a win and have defeated the Bulldogs in seven of their last nine games – and those were much stronger Canterbury sides than this one.
Cowboys vs Bulldogs Teams
Jason Taumalolo has been named by the Cowboys to return from injury, with Reuben Cotter dropping out of the squad. Justin O’Neill is also set to return in place of the injured Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.
Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson is out with a calf injury, with Matt Doorey the new man joining the squad.
Cowboys team: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ben Hampton 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen 18. Esan Marsters 19. Mitchell Dunn 20. Peter Hola 21. Jake Clifford
Bulldogs team: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Corey Allan 5. Tui Katoa 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Dylan Napa 9. Sione Katoa 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Adam Elliott 12. Corey Waddell 13. Luke Thompson 14. Jackson Topine 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Chris Smith 17. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Brandon Wakeham 20. Dean Britt 21. Joe Stimson 22. Matt Doorey
Cowboys vs Bulldogs Stats
- Cowboys have won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams
- Bulldogs have conceded 174 points in their five games this season
- Bulldogs have scored the fewest amount of points in the first five rounds of any team since 1999
- Bulldogs have lost 13 of their last 14 matches
- Kyle Feldt has scored at least one try in eight of his last nine matches with the Cowboys as favourites in Queensland
- Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored at least one try in two of his last three matches
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