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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.

 
 
 
 
 
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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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Daejarn Asi
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Jake Granville
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Michael Chee Kam
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Ben Hampton
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Tom Dearden
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 13 Thomas Mikaele
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Ben Condon
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Heilum Luki
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 16 Mitchell Dunn
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 13 Coen Hess
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Tom Gilbert
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Kelma Tuilagi
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Jeremiah Nanai
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jake Simpkin
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tukimihia Simpkins

Reserves

  • Reserve for Cowboys is number 19 Connelly Lemuelu
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 17 Zac Cini

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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MATCH DETAILS

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)

Odds correct as of 1:00pm, Tuesday, 10rd August. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

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)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Chris Sutton

Touch Judges — Wyatt Raymond and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski 

Bunker Review Official — Henry Perenara

Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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