Wests Tigers' NYC side will look to continue their push towards the minor premiership when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville this weekend.

Having secured a vital 24-22 win over the Melbourne Storm last Saturday to stay just two points off the first-placed Newcastle Knights, Wests Tigers will be looking to continue their strong form against an underrated Cowboys side this Saturday night.

The visitors sit well inside the bottom eight of the competition ladder, but have strung back-to-back wins together in recent times and are always tough to beat in Townsville.

It's therefore shaping up as an intriguing clash, and one that could have some serious ramifications on the make-up of the top four come finals time.

Who will leave 1300 SMILES Stadium with the two points on offer?

Read on for a full preview including all the key details, match analysis and more.

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Match Details

Date — Saturday, August 9, 2014

Time — 5:15pm AEST

Venue — 1300 SMILES Stadium, Townsville

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Team News

Wests Tigers

1. Mason Farrell 2. John Tohi 3. Watson Heleta 4. Delouise Hoeter 5. John Ogden 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Eli Levido 8. Dallas Graham 9. Manaia Cherrington 10. Jordan Grant 11. Salesi Funaki 12. Lamar Liolevave 13. Tyler Cassel (Interchange: 14. Hala Masila 15. Andrew Kazzi 17. Jeremy Marshall-King 18. Hayden Johnson 24. Daniel Rakvin)

 

North Queensland Cowboys

1. Yamba Bowie 2. Samsen O’Neill 3. Lenny Magey 4. Akeripa Tia-Kilifi 5. Conor Carey 6. Ty Carruci 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Viliame Kikau 9. Josh Chudleigh 10. Patrick Kafusi 11. Coen Hess 12. Corey Jensen 13. Jack Kelleher (Interchange: 14. Delayne Ashby 15. Andrew Niemoeller 16. David Munro 17. Ben Mathiou).

 

Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

R17 — Wests Tigers 30 def. Penrith Panthers 18

R18 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 def. Wests Tigers 32

R19 — Wests Tigers 42 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10

R20 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 28 def. Wests Tigers 26

R21 — Wests Tigers 24 def. Melbourne Storm 22

 

North Queensland Cowboys

R16 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 def. North Queensland Cowboys 18

R17 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 30 def. North Queensland Cowboys 20

R19 — Cronulla Sharks 24 def. North Queensland Cowboys 22

R20 — North Queensland Cowboys 46 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20

R21 — North Queensland Cowboys 31 def. Gold Coast Titans 30

 

Coach’s Comment

“It’s difficult with young guys traveling on the day. It’s that preparation factor before that concerns me, but we’ve got a mature group so I think we can handle that well. The Cowboys haven’t being going terrific this year, but they have got back-to-back wins so it will be a tough trip this weekend…” (NYC Head Coach, Andrew Webster)

 

Team Stats

 

Wests Tigers

North Queensland Cowboys

Position

30 points (4th)

18 points (12th)

Points For

562 points (5th)

457 points (14th)

Points Against

452 points (6th)

671 points (14th)

2014 Home Record

Played 10: Won 8, Lost 2

Played 9: Won 3, Lost 6

2014 Away Record

Played 9: Won 5, Lost 4

Played 10: Won 4, Lost 6

2014 Total Record

Played 19: Won 13, Lost 6

Played 19: Won 7, Lost 12