North Queensland Cowboys host an in form Cronulla Sharks side at 09.35 BST this Sunday, watch a free live rugby league stream of North Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks from NRL Round 16.
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James Tamou is back in the North Queensland Cowboys starting lineup after serving a two-match suspension for drink driving and will be looking to make up for his mistake and win over the fans and his teammates with a good performance. And a good performance is exactly what Cowboys need if they have any finals aspirations with a tricky tie against The Green Machine looming in Round 17. Cowboys managed to break a losing streak with a 16-22 victory over St George/Illawarra Dragons in Round 14 and after a bye in Round 15 need to carry that momentum forward over the next few games.
Paul Gallen suffered a foot injury in State of Origin Game 2 and will be a big miss for Cronulla Sharks, but fullback Michael Gordon could return to the side along with Andrew Fifita and Luke Lewis. Sharks are the form side heading into this NRL Round 16 clash with five wins from their last six matches, the last of which was a 32-14 victory over bottom of the table Parramatta Eels in Round 14.
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Since 2006 these sides have traded wins on a yearly basis with North Queensland Cowboys winning the last encounter 22-36 last September, but the form-book suggests that trend may not continue past this weekend.
North Queensland Cowboys Team:
Clint Greenshields, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston (capt), Robert Lui, Matthew Scott (capt), Ray Thompson, James Tamou, Tariq Sims, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Reserves: Rory Kostjasyn, Gavin Cooper, Ashton Sims, Scott Bolton, Ricky Thorby, Jason Taumalolo, Ethan Lowe
Cronulla Sharks Team:
Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Ben Pomeroy, Jonathan Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Sam Tagataese, Luke Lewis, Wade Graham, Paul Gallen (capt). Reserves: Chris Heighington, Jayson Bukuya, Isaac De Gois, Anthony Tupou, Ben Ross, Bryce Gibbs
Bet365 Match Odds:
8/15 North Queensland Cowboys
6/4 Cronulla Sharks