Match Review Round 1 - Saints V NQ Cowboys (AWAY)

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1300SMILES Stadium
Gates Open: 4pm
ISC 20'S Western Mustangs v Northern Pride: 4.10pm
Pre-Match Show: 5.30pm
NRL Kick Off: 6.35pm
 

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TEAM SQUAD:

Euan Aitken, Jack DeBelin, Matt Dufty, Jai Field, Tyson Frizell, James Graham Jacob Host, Ben Hunt, Josh Kerr, Tim Lafai, Jeremy Latimore, Blake Lawrie, Luciano Leilua, Zac Lomax, Cameron McInnes, Corey Norman, Jordan Pereira, Mikaele Ravalawa, Reece Robson, Korbin Sims, Tariq Sims, Lachlan Timm, Paul Vaughan, Gareth Widdop
 

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Be a very tough game against them. A very big tough pack.

We also have problems with our spine - who do we play -and where. We've perhaps lost our main go forward man and one of our best defenders. Big questions need to be asked out wide - who to play centre and wing ?

I feel we will get better but you can't relace JDB - just find someone to try. Not sure Widdop is the answer at FB.

Then again - I'm not sure about Mary.
 

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With JDB I felt we could win this and go on to a good year. Without him I'm not sure about either.

We have back-up - but its not the same.
 

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Gareth Widdop
Jordan Pereira
Euan Aitken
Tim Lafai
Zac Lomax
Corey Norman
Ben Hunt

James Graham
Cameron McInnes
Paul Vaughan
Jacob Host
Tariq Sims
Tyson Frizell

Matt Dufty
Blake Lawrie
Luciano Leilua
Josh Kerr

Out: Sims / DeBelin

Possibles: Latimore / Ravalawa / Timm / Robson / Field / Nichols
 
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Gareth Widdop
Jordan Pereira
Euan Aitken
Tim Lafai
Zac Lomax
Corey Norman
Ben Hunt

James Graham
Cameron McInnes
Paul Vaughan
Jacob Host DeBelin
Tariq Sims
Tyson Frizell

Matt Dufty
Blake Lawrie
Luciano Leilua
Josh Kerr

Out: Sims / DeBelin
 

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Ch9 news, I think they are reporting that de Belin may yet line-up in Rd #1.
 

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Cowboys Stat Attack

The JT effect will be felt in full force by North Queensland if the numbers are anything to go by. Despite the Cowboys being in contention for the wooden spoon until late in the year, Thurston ranked first in the NRL for line engaged runs (142 for the year at almost six per game), try assists (23) and line break assists (24). Michael Morgan produced career-best form when Thurston was absent for their 2017 grand final run, and will need to get back to his best quick smart in his return from injury.

Dragons Stat Attack

St George Illawarra exploded out of the blocks last season, holding top spot on the ladder for the first 11 rounds on the back of some terrific attack. They led the league for tackle breaks in 2018 and ranked fourth for points across the entire season behind Souths and the two grand finalists. The Cowboys will have their work cut out of them to contain the Red V on Saturday.
 

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You'd think at home and with JDB out the Cows would be favourites.

Game one can be a strange one though.
 

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  1. Gareth Widdop
  2. Jordan Pereira
  3. Euan Aitken
  4. Tim Lafai
  5. Mikaele Ravalawa
  6. Corey Norman
  7. Ben Hunt
  8. James Graham
  9. Cameron McInnes
  10. Paul Vaughan
  11. Jacob Host
  12. Tariq Sims
  13. Tyson Frizell
Interchange:
Jeremy Latimore
Matt Dufty
Blake Lawrie
Luciano Leilua

Zac Lomax
Josh Kerr
Reece Robson
Jonus Pearson
 

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North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons

7:35pm Saturday, 1300SMILES Stadium

Cowboys: 1. Jordan Kahu, 2. Javid Bowen, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Tom Opacic, 5. Nene Macdonald, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Michael Morgan (c), 8. Matt Scott, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange/Reserves: 14. John Asiata, 15. Josh McGuire, 16. Mitchell Dunn, 17. Francis Molo, 18. Ben Hampton, 19. Jake Clifford, 20. Gideon Gela-Mosby, 23. Enari Tuala

Dragons: 1. Gareth Widdop (c), 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Timoteo Lafai, 5. Mikaele Ravalawa, 6. Corey Norman, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. James Graham, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Jacob Host, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Tyson Frizell

Interchange/Reserves: 14. Jeremy Latimore, 15. Matthew Dufty, 16. Blake Lawrie, 17. Luciano Leilua, 18. Zac Lomax, 19. Josh Kerr, 20. Reece Robson, 21. Jonus Pearson
 

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So - our $6m half may play hooker, our "Rep" hooker may play lock, our International half is playing FB. Dufty may get a run if needed.

The Super Coach is in fine form again.
 

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So - our $6m half may play hooker, our "Rep" hooker may play lock, our International half is playing FB. Dufty may get a run if needed.

The Super Coach is in fine form again.
I guess it shows how fragile the Dragons line up is if that much change is brought about with one player planning on leaving and one other "stood down".