We take a look at today’s NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys which kicks off tonight at Allianz Stadium. The Roosters go in as the overwhelming favourites although the Cowboys are used to being the underdog and they seem to strive on it but can they cause another massive upset?
When: Saturday, September 23, 7.45pm (AEST)
Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
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The Cowboys are now just one win away from another Grand Final without Jonathan Thurston and Matt Scott.
Another fairytale could happen as the team is playing a very aggressive style of football and Michael Morgan is playing at a different level and has the momentum to carry it through.
He’ll be more effective in attack than Mitchell Pearce and will run at the line more.
Watching the Cowboys players in the sheds after the game last week, you can tell they’re all relaxed and are taking each game as it comes.
Thurston and Scott are at every game and helping out in the coaches box and sitting in the sheds after the game.
They’ve built up an incredible culture at the Cowboys.
The Roosters have had the week off and for the forwards it will mean the world of difference.
The Cowboys have had to get there the hard way and you would think that it would eventually take its toll.
What a battle it will be in the forwards.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has called out Jason Taumalolo and said run at me.
This game will be won or lost in the forwards but with the Roosters having that week off, I think they’ll win the battle.
Roosters should win.
They’ve had the rest and have a full team line-up.
Sydney Roosters at $1.36
North Queensland at $3.25
Tip: Sydney Roosters at $1.36
Line tip: North Queensland +9.5
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Roosters: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Mitchell Aubusson 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Isaac Liu 14. Ryan Matterson 15. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 16. Zane Tetevano 17. Connor Watson 18. Kane Evans 19. Victor Radley 20. Joseph Manu 22. Mitchell Cornish
Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Michael Morgan 8. John Asiata 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Ben Hampton 15. Coen Hess 16. Corey Jensen 17. Shaun Fensom 18. Ray Thompson 19. Javid Bowen 20. Braden Uele 21. Matt Scott