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Preview: Bulldogs v Cowboys

Things look grim for the teams sitting four points outside the top eight like the Bulldogs but their situation could take a dramatic turn if they are successful over the Cowboys tonight.
Preview: Bulldogs v Cowboys
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Things look grim for the teams sitting four points outside the top eight like the Bulldogs but their situation could take a dramatic turn if they are successful over the Cowboys tonight.

It would only take the Knights or the Tigers to drop their Round 22 clash and Canterbury are right back into finals calculations. It's for that reason that caretaker coach Jim Dymock refuses to give up on his team with five rounds still to play.

Dymock has rushed rep centre Josh Morris back into his line-up this week and will be banking on some renewed vigour after a two-week stint in the NSW Cup.

The Cowboys will be no easy-beats, especially after claiming their third victory in the space of four games since captain Johnathan Thurston went down with a knee injury. Coach Neil Henry has named an unchanged line-up following his team's decisive win over the Panthers last Saturday night although powerful winger Kalifa Faifai Loa remains under an injury cloud.

Look to the Cowboys to score a penalty goal or try as First Scoring Play and go for a Cowboys win by 1-12 points.

Best hopes for First Tryscorer rest with Josh Morris, Steve Turner or Jamal Idris for the Bulldogs or Matt Bowen, Ashley Graham or Willie Tonga for the Cowboys.

Canterbury v North Queensland
ANZ Stadium
Friday night 7.35pm


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1 Ben Barba, 2 Steve Turner, 3 Tim Lafai, 4 Jamal Idris, 5 Jonathan Wright, 6 Ben Roberts, 7 Trent Hodkinson, 8 Aiden Tolman, 9 Joel Romelo, 10 Sam Kasiano, 11 Frank Pritchard, 12 Andrew Ryan [c], 13 Dene Halatau. Subs: 14 Greg Eastwood, 15 Chris Armit, 16 Corey Payne, 17 Josh Reynolds.

North Queensland Cowboys
1 Matthew Bowen, 2 Ashley Graham, 3 Brent Tate, 4 Willie Tonga, 5 Kalifa Faifai Loa, 6 Ray Thompson, 7 Ben Jones, 8 Matthew Scott [c], 9 Aaron Payne, 10 Ashton Sims, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Dallas Johnson. Subs: 14 James Segeyaro, 15 Glenn Hall, 16 Cory Paterson, 17 James Tamou.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Bulldogs by 12

OVERALL:
Total Games: 27
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs wins: 18. [Pts: 757]
North Queensland Cowboys wins: 9. [Pts: 562]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: 62 pts: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 22 - [View] Sun Aug 27: Bulldogs 66 d. Cowboys 4 [Crowd: 18818]
North Queensland Cowboys: 36 pts: 2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 12 l. Cowboys 48 [Crowd: 21012]

Biggest Crowd: 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: North Queensland Cowboys 38 d. Bulldogs 32 [Crowd: 24050]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: WWWLWWWLWWWWWWWLLLWWLLLLWWW
North Queensland Cowboys: LLLWLLLWLLLLLLLWWWLLWWWWLLL

Last 10 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 20 l. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22 [Crowd: 11742]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Fri: North Queensland Cowboys 12 l. Bulldogs 22 [Crowd: 18199]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 30 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18 [Crowd: 13461]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: Bulldogs 12 l. North Queensland Cowboys 36 [Crowd: 8549]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 20 d. Bulldogs 18 [Crowd: 24004]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Fri: North Queensland Cowboys 38 d. Bulldogs 32 [Crowd: 24050]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 16 l. North Queensland Cowboys 26 [Crowd: 15412]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sat: Cowboys 14 l. Bulldogs 54 [Crowd: 20486]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sun: Bulldogs 20 d. Cowboys 12 [Crowd: 16231]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 12 l. Cowboys 48 [Crowd: 21012]

Overall record at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs: 127 games, won 69, drawn 2, lost 56.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8 d. Parramatta Eels 7
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sun: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10 l. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 26
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sat: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 4 l. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 38
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 10 - [View] Fri: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10 l. St George Illawarra Dragons 15
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sat: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 36 d. South Sydney Rabbitohs 24

North Queensland Cowboys: 12 games, won 4, drawn 0, lost 8.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Mon: South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 30 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 d. North Queensland Cowboys 24
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d. North Queensland Cowboys 14
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sun: Rabbitohs 12 l. Cowboys 34

Head to Head at ANZ Stadium (Sydney), Homebush Bay, Sydney (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 3
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs wins: 1. [Pts: 60]
North Queensland Cowboys wins: 2. [Pts: 66]
Draws: 0

Last 3 games:
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Fri: Bulldogs 30 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18 [Crowd: 13461]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Qualifying Finals - [View] Sat Sep 11: Cowboys 30 d. Bulldogs 22 [Crowd: 18371]
2000 National Rugby League - Round 7 - [View] Sun Mar 19: Bulldogs 8 l. Cowboys 18 [Crowd: 6572]

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