Wests Tigers will be on the hunt for back-to-back wins for the first time since Round 13 when they face the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday evening in Women in League Round.
Following a 12-point triumph over Canterbury-Bankstown in Round 21, Michael Maguire’s men will need to continue their momentum to stay in touch with the top eight — sitting two wins outside a finals spot with four rounds remaining.
A win would keep Wests Tigers’ finals aspirations alive, however a loss would be a significant blow to their chances of a top eight finish.
Although Maguire was pleased to leave the Gold Coast with two competition points last Sunday, the coach described his side’s performance as “scrappy” and said they’ll need plenty of improvement this time around.
The NRL has been given the green lights by the Queensland Government for the match to remain in Townsville, meaning Wests Tigers will travel north on Saturday morning ahead of the Round 22 fixture.
It will be the first time Wests Tigers have played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium since its conception last year.
The Cowboys will be looking to snap an eight-game losing streak; however their task hasn’t been made easier with three key players ruled out through injury.
Jason Taumalolo has been ruled out of Saturday’s clash after scans confirmed a hand fracture while Murray Taulagi and Lachlan Burr also miss out.
A key matchup on Saturday night will be the battle of the five-eighths — Adam Doueihi and Scott Drinkwater.
The two powerful playmakers love to take on the line and have the potential to create a try-scoring opportunity out of nothing. Doueihi has made nine line-breaks in 18 games while Drinkwater has chalked up 33 tackle breaks. Both men have 16 try assists for the season to sit inside the top 10 in that category.
Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine HolmesFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle FeldtWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Daejarn AsiCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Jake GranvilleCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Michael Chee Kam
Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Ben HamptonWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott DrinkwaterFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Tom DeardenHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Francis MoloProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece RobsonHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLeanProp for Wests Tigers is number 13 Thomas Mikaele
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Ben Condon2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Heilum Luki2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Cowboys is number 16 Mitchell DunnLock for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Twal
Interchange for Cowboys is number 13 Coen HessInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Tom GilbertInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Kelma Tuilagi
Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Jeremiah NanaiInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jake Simpkin
Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin NeameInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tukimihia Simpkins
Reserve for Cowboys is number 19 Connelly LemueluReserve for Wests Tigers is number 17 Zac Cini
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara
Date — Saturday, 14th August, 2021
Time — 5:30pm AEST
Venue — Queensland Country Bank Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB
Live Stream — KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST NEDS ODDS
Head-to-Head — North Queensland Cowboys ($2.40), Wests Tigers ($1.57)
Line — North Queensland Cowboys +4 ($1.90), Wests Tigers -4 ($1.90)
Head-to-Head — Played 40, North Queensland 17, Wests Tigers 22, Draw 1
At Queensland Country Bank Stadium — Yet to play at venue
Last Time They Met — North Queensland 34 def. Wests Tigers 30 (Rd.5, 2021)
Referee — Chris Sutton
Touch Judges — Wyatt Raymond and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
Bunker Review Official — Henry Perenara