The first of the NRL Friday night games have the North Queensland Cowboys making the long trek to Wollongong to take on the Dragons – 6:00 pm kickoff.
Dragons: the Dragons were dismantled by the Sea Eagles in Round 14, going down 34-14 as 4.5 point underdogs. That was their 6th loss in their last seven games.
Cowboys: the Cowboys were defeated by the Tigers in Round 14 in a close one, going down 27-26 as a -1.5 point favourite. That result made it back to back losses for them.
Partly cloudy this morning, with lengthy sunny breaks in the afternoon. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late evening. Max 19 degrees.
Per the Bureau of Meteorology
Random Stat(s) – 2011 and onwards
Five of the last six games between these sides have gone UNDER.
Paul McGregor is undefeated under Henry Peranara as the main referee – seven wins, no losses! With the start included he is five wins, two losses.
Player Changes / Milestones:
IN Jeremy Latimore, Josh Kerr
IN Corey Jensen, Jordan McLean, Peter Hola, Reuben Cotter, Scott Drinkwater
OUT Coen Hess, Josh McGuire, Kurt Baptiste
Dragons: W/L 5-8 (all), 2-3 (home). Line performance 4-9 (all), 1-4 (home).
The Dragons have lost their last three home games with the start.
Cowboys: W/L 6-8 (all), 3-3 (away). Line performance 7-7 (all), 3-3 (away).
The Cowboys have only gone OVER the total once in six away games this season.
Betting / Selections:
The Dragons are between -5.5 to -6.0 point favourites. Game total is 38.5 to 40.5
This is a big hame for both sides, but particularly the Dragons who are currently two wins out of the eight. They need the win to build momentum for later in the season.
The Cowboys pack has been disrupted by injury and suspension, with Josh McGuire and Coen Hess both out, although they do welcome Jordan McLean back into the squad. We are also excited to see how young Scott Drinkwater goes, who looked a real talent in his limited minutes for the Storm.
We lean to the Dragons to win here, but the line is where you would expect it to be, so no strong view in that regard.
Line: Cowboys +6.0 $1.91 (Bet365)
Total: Under 40.5 $1.84 (Unibet)
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