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The Cowboys Chronicles: Round 6 V Panthers Preview

  • The Cowboys Chronicles: Round 6 V Panthers Preview

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Matt Moylan of the Panthers is tackled by Ethan Lowe and Michael Morgan of the Cowboys during the round five NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the North Queensland Cowboys at Pepper Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

In my first article I wrote about the reasons why the Cowboys have the best chance since 92 to be the first team to go back to back.  In their bid lead up games to Origin and banking competition points will be key.

The Cowboys have a tough run up to Origin playing some big teams Rabbitohs, Storm, Broncos and Eels. In addition the Eagles and Dragons will be no easy beats.

But as the old adage goes 'one week at a time' and this week it will be the Panthers, on the road.  Although the men from up north have proven they can travel.  They aren't travelling to a stadium (ANZ, Suncorp etc). Travel to a suburban ground is different.

So what will factor and where will the game be won and lost?.

Penrith are firming  at two from three games their captain Moylan is back and has game time under his belt.  On his day there is no better No 1. in the game. With Dugan the number one pick for NSW this year both Coote and Moylan will be keen to impress in case the spot becomes available in the next six to seven weeks. Wallace out of dummy half (playing a Cameron Smith type role) is working well for the Panthers and Jamie Soward is one of the toughest competitors in the comp.  In addition with the NSW pivots spots up for grabs there's no reason why Soward can't stake his claim. 


However even when you consider the Moylan, Wallace and Soward factors you can't go past the Cowboys.  For the Cowboys it will surely be up the middle that  they try and win this. Tamou and Scott have too much size and too much experience.  If they can get a roll on as I predict, Morgan and JT will have enough time to do what they do best and the familiar script should play out as it does.

On the road the Cowboys probably wont blaze away but they should't need to get out of second gear 24-8 Cowboys.

The North Queensland Cowboys Vs Penrith Panthers, Saturday April 9.  Check your local television guides for coverage.

The teams:

Panthers

1 Matt Moylan (c)
2 Josh Mansour
3 Waqa Blake
4 Peta Hiku
5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
6 Te Maire Martin
7 Jamie Soward
8 Sam McKendry
9 Peter Wallace
10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
11 Bryce Cartwright
12 Isaah Yeo
13 Trent Merrin

Interchange
14 Tyrone Peachey
15 Leilani Latu
16 Suaia Matagi
17 James Fisher-Harris 
20 Elijah Taylor
21 Jeremy Latimore

Coach: Anthony Griffin

Cowboys

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Kyle Feldt
3 Justin O'Neill
4 Javid Bowen
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Michael Morgan
7 Johnathan Thurston (c)
8 Matthew Scott (c)
9 Jake Granville
10 James Tamou
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Ethan Lowe
13 Jason Taumalolo

Interchange
14 Rory Kostjasyn
15 John Asiata
16 Scott Bolton
17 Ben Hannant

Coach: Paul Green
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