The North Queensland Cowboys host the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday night at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. The Cowboys have won just one of their last 10 matches, while the Rabbitohs are looking to consolidate their position in the top eight.
Cowboys Form & Team News
Languishing in 14th position on the ladder, the Cowboys have had a season to forget, with their latest blow coming last week in a demorilising 30-10 loss to the Titans.
Scott Drinkwater (knee) is set to return at fullback, pushing Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to the wing and Justin O’Neil out of the side. John Asiata (knee) also returns to the Cowboys bench in place of Tom Gilbert.
The Cowboys team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Tom Opacic 4. Connelly Leumelu 5. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 6. Ben Hampton 7. Michael Morgan 8. Josh McGuire 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. John Asiata 16. Emry Pere 17. Francis Molo 18. Shane Wright 19. Jake Clifford 20. Corey Jensen 22. Esan Marsters
Rabbitohs Form & Team News
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have struggled for consistency this season, failing to win more than two games in a row. Currently in seventh position on the ladder, the Rabbitohs will be looking to cement their position in the top eight this weekend.
Jayden Su’A returns to the second-row from suspension, pushing Liam Knight to the bench and Jack Johns to 18th man.
The Rabbitohs team list for Saturday can be found below:
1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su'a 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Patrick Mago 17. Keaon Koloamatangi 18. Jack Johns 19. Corey Allan 20. Troy Dargan 21. Kurt Dillon
Cowboys vs Rabbitohs Head To Head
The Cowboys and Rabbitohs have barely been separated in 34 head-to-head matches, with the Cowboys winning 17, Rabbitohs 16 and a draw. The Rabbitohs have won their last four straight games over the Cowboys, though.
Cowboys vs Rabbitohs Betting Odds
The Cowboys are big outsiders despite home advantage. North Queensland are $3.10 to win the game with South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.35. The line has been set at -7.5 points for the Rabbitohs.
Cowboys vs Rabbitohs Match Up
Two of the best locks in the game, Jason Taumololo and Cameron Murray, are the spiritual leaders of their respective packs despite their polar opposite playing styles.
One of the smallest forwards on the field each week, Murray is the defensive rock in the Rabbitohs line with his high tackle efficiency and fast play-the-balls essential to the Souths' success.
On the other hand, Taumololo physically dominates his opposition with the Tongan powerhouse all strength, power and footwork. One of the most naturally gifted athletes in the game, Taumololo leads the competition in post-contact metres (1,151m) and the Cowboys will be relying on him to shut down the Rabbitohs pack.
Cowboys vs Rabbitohs Key Stats
- The Rabbitohs are favourites to win three in a row for the first time this season.
- The Cowboys have only won two of seven matches at home this year.
- The Rabbitohs have won the last four matches between the sides.