Salter Oval will play host to Sunday's Round 21 NRL game between Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys. The game kicks off at 2:00 pm with North Queensland Cowboys heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Canterbury Bulldogs vs. North Queensland Cowboys game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Sunday August 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Where: Salter Oval
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Canterbury’s late-season joyride has garnered four wins in its last six matches. The Bulldogs probably didn’t go on with the job as expected in a 24-10 defeat of the lowly Knights last Sunday, but it was nevertheless the seventh time in nine games under Mick Potter they’ve topped 20 points after failing to do so in 10 games under Trent Barret.
Matt Burton and Josh Addo-Carr are on fire, with young three-quarters Jacob Kiraz and Aaron Schoupp following their lead. Kyle Flanagan has quietly put together a fine renaissance in a confident team.
Second-placed North Queensland responded to a controversial escape against Wests Tigers with an authoritative 34-8 thrashing of St George Illawarra in Sydney in Round 20.
After four straight games conceding exactly 26 points (winning three of those), it was a return to the defensive commitment that has underpinned their rise. Back-rower Jeremiah Nanai starred yet again with two tries and a bust to set up another, while Jason Taumalolo and Scott Drinkwater were also outstanding.
The Bulldogs are unchanged, while the Cowboys have the luxury of bringing Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow onto the wing for Kyle Feldt (hamstring) with Jake Granville promoted to the bench.
The Cowboys have won eight of their last 11 against the Bulldogs, but the blue-and-whites grabbed a 6-4 win in a dour Round 1 encounter in Townsville five months ago. Both teams seem a long way removed from that match – very much for the better.
The Bulldogs have pulled the inconsistent Eels’ pants down since turning their season around, but they haven’t quite had the class to foot it with the NRL’s other big guns. Todd Payten will have done his homework on how to limit Burton’s and Addo-Carr’s impact, while the forward pack mismatch here will proved decisive.
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