After disappointing opening matches, the North Queensland Cowboys and St George Illawarra Dragons will be desperate to emerge victorious in Round 2 on Saturday night.
North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the last four meetings between the teams have been split at two wins apiece…
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Cowboys vs Dragons Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 20
⏰ Time: 7.35pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Queensland County Bank Stadium
Cowboys vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)
- 6/9/20: Cowboys 23-22 Dragons
- 28/6/19: Dragons 22-14 Cowboys
- 16/3/19: Cowboys 24-12 Dragons
- 21/7/18: Cowboys 10-24 Dragons
- 15/4/17: Dragons 28-22 Dragons
Cowboys vs Dragons Preview and Prediction
The Cowboys and Dragons were both poor in their respective openers – who gets a much-needed and confidence-boosting victory in Round 2 on Saturday night?
It’s hard to have any faith in either side, but for me the value and more upside lies with the Dragons, who at least were able to push the Sharks last week.
For a moment it appeared as if the Dragons were going to produce a big comeback, but the video referee denied them a try that would have propelled them into the lead, and from there they fell away rather meekly.
Matt Dufty was again sensational at fullback, contributing with a superb individual try, but he will need more support from his teammates if the Dragons are going to challenge for the top eight in 2021.
At least the Dragons scored 18 points last week – the Cowboys didn’t even manage to get on the scoreboard in a woeful 24-0 loss to the Panthers, with Todd Payten giving his team a spray after the match.
It was an awful attacking performance from the Cowboys – they only completed at 59 per cent, made just one line break and only had 40 per cent of possession.
A return home to Townsville doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll improve, with the Cowboys losing seven of their 10 matches at this venue last season.
I see no justification in the Cowboys being favourites here, so I’ll be jumping on the Dragons in a close one considering seven of the last 10 meetings between these teams have been decided by eight points or less.
Cowboys vs Dragons Teams
Despite his team’s poor opener, Todd Payten has decided to name the same 17 players that went down to the Panthers.
Corey Norman returns from suspension for the Dragons in their only change, pushing Adam Clune to the reserves.
Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Esan Marsters 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Reuben Cotter 18. Lachlan Burr 19. Shane Wright 20. Murray Taulagi 21. Ben Hampton
Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 18. Adam Clune 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jackson Ford 21. Jordan Pereira
Cowboys vs Dragons Stats
- These teams have split their last four meetings at two wins apiece
- Seven of the last 10 games between these teams have been decided by eight points or less
- The Cowboys lost seven of their 10 games at home last season
- Kyle Feldt has scored at least one try in nine of North Queensland’s last 10 games as favourite
- Mikaele Ravalawa has scored at least one try in his last four away games and crossed last week
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