Wests Tigers will look to keep their finals hopes alive when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville for their Round 22 clash.

Coming into the match off back-to-back defeats, the visitors will be keen to build on a 16-4 victory over the Cowboys when they met earlier in the year, and know that they’ll need to lift to defeat the Cowboys in front of their home fans at 1300 SMILES Stadium.

With finals aspirations on the line for both teams — plus plenty of feeling and history between the two teams throughout the years — it promises to be a fascinating NRL match and one that could attract plenty of interest from fans both sides of the border.

Who will walk away with the two competition points on offer this week?

Read on for a full preview of the Round 22 clash including all the key details, team news, TV and live stream information, match analysis and more.

 

Match Details

Date — Saturday, August 9, 2014

Time — 7:30pm

Venue — 1300 SMILES Stadium, Townsville

 

TV, Radio and Live Stream Details

TV — Live coverage via Fox Sports 1 (check local guides)

Radio — Live coverage via ABC Grandstand (check local guides)

Live Stream — Live via Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Twitter — Click here to follow Wests Tigers on Twitter for team news and commentary

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers have named rookie halfback Luke Brooks to return from injury against the Cowboys, with a replacement not yet known for Bodene Thompson, who will miss the match due to suspension. The Cowboys have named an unchanged lineup to the side that won in Round 21, with John Asiata added to an extended bench.

 

Wests Tigers

 

North Queensland Cowboys

Mitchell Moses

1

Michael Morgan

Keith Lulia

2

Tautau Moga

Tim Simona

3

Matthew Wright

Bodene Thompson

4

Kane Linnett

Pat Richards

5

Antonio Winterstein

Blake Austin

6

Robert Lui

Luke Brooks

7

Johnathan Thurston

Aaron Woods

8

Matthew Scott

Robbie Farah

9

Rory Kostjasyn

Keith Galloway

10

Ashton Sims

Curtis Sironen

11

Tariq Sims

Dene Halatau

12

Jason Taumalolo

Adam Blair

13

Glenn Hall

Ava Seumanufagai

14

Ray Thompson

Martin Taupau

15

Scott Bolton

Sauaso Sue

16

Gavin Cooper

James Gavet

17

Sam Hoare

 

18

John Asiata

 

Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

R17 — Penrith Panthers 26 def. Wests Tigers 10

R18 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 def. Wests Tigers 8

R19 — Wests Tigers 46 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18

R20 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 28 def. Wests Tigers 12

R21 — Melbourne Storm 28 def. Wests Tigers 6

 

North Queensland Cowboys

R16 — North Queensland Cowboys 20 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18

R17 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 27 def. North Queensland Cowboys 24

R19 — North Queensland Cowboys 36 def. Cronulla Sharks 18

R20 — North Queensland Cowboys 20 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12

R21 — North Queensland Cowboys 28 def. Gold Coast Titans 8

 

Match History: Played 30, Won 16, Lost 13, Drawn 1

 

Last Time They Met

Round 6, 2014 — Wests Tigers 16 def. North Queensland Cowboys 4

Despite conceding the first try of the match to Brent Tate, Wests Tigers quickly stormed back with tries either side of half-time to Robbie Farah and Blake Austin to take control of their Round 6 clash against the Cowboys. The Cowboys continued to be repelled by strong goal-line defence by the hosts, with a try in the final 10 minutes to Pat Richards putting the result beyond all doubt as the visitors walked away empty-handed.

 

Number to Know — 158

With a try and several goals last week, Cowboys playmaker Johnathan Thurston has moved to top of the competition’s top points-scoring this year with 158 points. The Australian international also leads the league in try-assists with 21, and will no doubt be at the heart of everything that the hosts conjure up this week. It was a disappointing night for Thurston when he went to Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Round 6 — bombing a try and missing a penalty goal from right in front — and Wests Tigers will certainly be hoping that the skilled half has another night to forget this weekend.

 

Coach’s Comment

“There’s very limited training this week given the short turnaround. It’s more about their heads then their bodies late in the year. The Cowboys are all about their big people and Johnathan Thurston; it all revolves around him. We need to set our plays nice and early and make sure our line is set to contain him...” (Mick Potter, NRL Head Coach)

 

Individual Stats Leaders

 

Wests Tigers

North Queensland Cowboys

Points

Pat Richards (141 points)

Johnathan Thurston (158 points)

Tackles

Adam Blair (560 tackles)

Rory Kostjaysn (502 tackles)

Hit-Ups

Aaron Woods (203 hit-ups)

Jason Taumalolo (183 hit-ups)

Total Metres

Aaron Woods (2159 metres)

Jason Taumalolo (2218 metres)

 

Key Player Stats

  • Johnathan Thurston leads the NRL in points scored (158)
  • Johnathan Thurston ranks third in the NRL for line-break assists (14)
  • Tariq Sims leads the NRL in turnover tackles (12)
  • Robbie Farah leads the NRL in dummy-half runs (101)
  • Pat Richards leads the NRL in intercepts (4)
  • Jason Taumalolo ranks second in the NRL for decoy runs (115)
  • Luke Brooks leads the NRL in missed tackles (89)
  • Johnathan Thurston leads the NRL in try-assists (21)

 

Team Stats

 

Wests Tigers

North Queensland Cowboys

Position

12th (22 points)

7th (24 points)

Points For

362 points (11th)

438 points (4th)

Points Against

453 points (13th)

332 points (5th)

Penalties For

138 penalties (3rd most)

125 penalties (8th most)

Missed Tackles

608 tackles (4th most)

458 tackles (14th most)

Line Breaks

72 linebreaks (12th)

76 linebreaks (10th)

2014 Home Record

Played 10: Won 5, Lost 5

Played 9: Won 8, Lost 1

2014 Away Record

Played 9: Won 4, Lost 5

Played 10: Won 2, Lost 8

2014 Total Record

Played 19: Won 9, Lost 10

Played 19: Won 10, Lost 9