National Rugby League NRL 2016 Live North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos Stream NRL match will be kick off at 1300 Smiles Stadium, Kirwan, Queensland, Australia, Friday 20 May 2016 online, 19:50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Friday Night Football cannot get any more enticing with defending premiers North Queensland hosting premiership favourites Brisbane in a replay of last year’s Grand Final. The Cowboys and the Broncos have been the standard this year and will stage another classic this Friday.
North Queensland are unchanged. Brisbane welcome back big guns Alex Glenn, Andrew McCullough and Adam Blair with Jai Arrow, Travis Waddell and Herman Ese’ese all making way.
Brisbane have won 30 of the 44 matches played against North Queensland with the Cowboys claiming just 12 matches. The teams met earlier in the year with the Broncos winning 21-20 in a thriller, similar to the scintillating Grand Final staged between the two teams last season. The Cowboys have had the best of it in recent years with four wins in the last seven encounters. North Queensland have won 5 of the last 6 played in Townsville with a total of 41-plus in 4 of the last 5 outings. Anthony Milford has scored in 4 of 8 games v the Cowboys while Michael Morgan has scored in 9 of 12 v Brisbane.
North Queensland are 4th on the ladder with a 7-3 record though their +139 differential ranks 2nd in the NRL. North Queensland’s attack ranks second in attack while they are third defensively. The Cowboys had won five straight – posting 32-plus in four of those wins – before going down to the Storm at Suncorp 15-14 last Sunday. The three Cowboys losses this year have all come by fewer than four points. Brisbane are the premiership leaders with an 8-2 record and the best differential in the NRL at +159. They rank top defensively and second in attack while they are 2-2 away from Suncorp this year. They have won 6 of their last 7 and have scored 26 in each of their last five while conceding single digits in four of those.
Michael Morgan v Anthony Milford. You can just see these two battling it out for rep positions, titles and awards for the next decade. Both are electric players who can set up or score from anywhere. They are both in scintillating form. They can both win a game off their own bat. This is one special individual battle.
North Queensland are 7-3 ATS while they are 6-4 over in totals while Brisbane are 6-4 ATS with the under 6-4. Home teams off a loss are 23-18 ATS in 2016. North Queensland are 26-5 at home since 2014 with an 18-13 ATS record. When favoured by under a converted try they are 3-1 with a 2-2 ATS record. Since Wayne Bennett returned to Red Hill, the Broncos are 10-7 away from Suncorp with a 9-8 ATS record and a 10-7 under number. As a road outsider though they are 5-1 ATS. The under is 111-98 when the road team scores 30 the week prior since 2012. Brisbane have lost 4 of their last 5 on the road off a win and are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 in the situation. The Cowboys have won and covered their last four home matches off a loss.
There is no more exciting matchup in the NRL this season than the Cowboys-Broncos and after going down in golden point when the teams met in Round 4 this year will be hellbent on revenge. The Cowboys have been outstanding at home and are particularly strong off a loss while there is no question the Broncos are a different proposition on the road. In what shapes as a likely Grand Final preview, the Cowboys will again look to pull the upper-hand in this sixth matchup between the two teams in the last 15 months.
North Queensland Cowboys: No changes, with Rory Kostjasyn (neck) to play after failing to finish last week. Matt Scott (ankle) also picked up an issue against the Storm, but pulled up well and trained all week.
Brisbane Broncos: Wayne Bennett has cleared Corey Oates to make a final State of Origin audition. The Queensland hopeful trained strongly on Thursday after missing Tuesday’s session to attend his grandmother’s funeral. The towering winger will chime into a full-strength Broncos team that will welcome back Andrew McCullough (hamstring), Adam Blair (suspension) and Alex Glenn (calf). Corey Parker is unlikely to kick goals yet again due to a foot issue.