North Queensland Stadium will play host to Friday's Round 1 NRL game between Nth Qld Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos. The game kicks off at 8:05 pm with Nth Qld Cowboys heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Nth Qld Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Friday March 13, 2020 at 8:05 pm
Where: North Queensland Stadium
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Nth Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos Odds
Nth Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos Preview
Other than the NRL botching by choosing the Broncos as the Cowboys’ first-ever opponent at the new stadium in Townsville, who would have drawn a capacity crowd at literally any point of the season, this looks like being the match of the round. This really has become one of the NRL’s biggest and best fought rivalries, and it really is incredible that some many classics have been contested off the back of 2015’s decider.
The Cows enter this season off the back of a lovely win in the NRL nines and with high hopes, given their positive offseason signing drive that netted the likes of Valentine Holmes and Esan Marsters. Enforcer Josh McGuire, who typically keeps his best footy for games against his old club is injured, but also suspended.
Alex Glenn has been tossed the captain’s armband for the Broncos this season and for mine, that alone is an extremely positive start to the campaign at Red Hill. Glenn looks unlikely to line up in Townsville, likewise Jordan Kahu, Sea O’Sullivan and Matt Lodge. That is enough big names for me to think the Cowboys have a big enough advantage.
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Nth Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos Teams
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Ben Hampton 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Michael Morgan 8. John Asiata 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Reece Robson 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Shane Wright 17. Francis Molo 18. Corey Jensen 19. Connelly Lemuelu 20. Tom Opacic 21. Jake Clifford
Broncos: 1. Jack Bird 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Darius Boyd 5. Jesse Arthars 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Thomas Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Jamayne Isaako 15. Andrew McCullough 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Jamil Hopoate 18. Xavier Coates 19. Herbie Farnworth 20. Tom Dearden 21. Ethan Bullemor