Both the Cowboys and the One New Zealand Warriors are set to have key changes to their 17 when meet in tonight's third-round clash as they both look to pick up their second win of the season following last-up defeats.
North Queensland will be hurting from last week's derby loss to the Broncos, which also saw them lose Scott Drinkwater (three games) and Peta Hiku (two matches) to suspension.
The One New Zealand Warriors were left to rue poor execution in the final quarter of their 12-20 loss to the Roosters on Saturday after they had battled on valiantly in the face of losing Jackson Ford (head knock), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (head knock) and Josh Curran (hip).
The One New Zealand Warriors were one of the six clubs who tasted victory against the Cowboys last year when they beat them in a 'home' game in Redcliffe in round five but they haven't won in either of their two visits to Queensland Country Bank Stadium so far.
The two clubs have been well matched in recent years, with each winning three times in their six meetings over the past four seasons, which included splitting the head-to-head record in 2022.
Match: Cowboys v Warriors
Round 3 -
Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Tom ChesterFullback for Warriors is number 1 Taine Tuaupiki
Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle FeldtWinger for Warriors is number 2 Edward Kosi
Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine HolmesCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Gehamat ShibasakiCentre for Warriors is number 18 Viliami Vailea
Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray TaulagiWinger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom DeardenFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Te Maire Martin
Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLeanProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece RobsonHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Reuben CotterProp for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Coen Hess2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Mitchell Barnett
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore
Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason TaumaloloLock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake GranvilleInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Dylan Walker
Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Griffin NeameInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
Interchange for Cowboys is number 18 Heilum LukiInterchange for Warriors is number 22 Jazz Tevaga
Replacement for Cowboys is number 19 Brendan ElliotReplacement for Warriors is number 20 Freddy Lussick
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Nick Morel
- Touch Judge: Darian Furner
- Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger
Cowboys: A couple of forced changes due to suspension with Tom Chester coming in at fullback for his second NRL game in place of Scott Drinkwater while Gehamat Shibasaki replaces Peta Hiku in the centres. Taniela Sadrugu, Riley Price and Mitchell Dunn were omitted on Friday when the squad was trimmed to 19. Heilum Luki is 18th man. Taniela Sadrugu, Riley Price and Mitchell Dunn were omitted on Friday when the squad was trimmed to 19.
One New Zealand Warriors: Josh Curran (hip pointer) dropped out on Friday, his place taken by Jazz Tevaga in his first game of the season having recovered from a hernia. The absence of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (concussion) sees Taine Tuaupiki make his NRL debut at fullback after two strong showings in NSW Cup. Back-rower Jackson Ford will also miss the game after copping a head knock last week so Bunty Afoa moves into the starting side and Bayley Sironen joins the bench. Skipper Tohu Harris plays his 200th NRL game.
Across the opening two rounds the One New Zealand Warriors average six line breaks per game, the most in the NRL.
Tohu Harris has the fourth highest points per game average in NRL Fantasy this year (69.5).
The One New Zealand Warriors have won only twice in 15 matches in Townsville (2014 and 2018) since 2002.
Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi has scored 12 tries in his past 12 games at QCB Stadium.
Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt has scored 13 tries in 11 games against the Warriors.
- Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.