Winning Cowboys side to back up for Knights
North Queensland coach Neil Henry has named an unchanged squad of 18 for the round 25 clash with Newcastle at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.by NRL
North Queensland coach Neil Henry has named an unchanged squad of 18 for the round 25 clash with Newcastle at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
The fifth-placed Cowboys, now safely in the finals on 30 points, will be shooting for three straight victories in what will be their last home encounter of the fixture rounds.
It will also be the tribute match for hooker Aaron Payne, who will retire at the end of the 2012 season after playing more matches than any other Cowboy apart from games record holder Matthew Bowen.
This weekend's game will be Payne's 217th appearance for the club after making his debut in 2002.
Kick off on Saturday night will be at 7.30pm.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7.30pm
Referees: Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor
COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston [c], Michael Morgan, Matthew Scott [c], Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Subs: Anthony Mitchell, Ricky Thorby, Ashton Sims, Scott Bolton, Joel Riethmuller (one to be omitted).
KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Timana Tahu, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus [c], Willie Mason, Chris Houston, Alex McKinnon, Neville Costigan. Subs: Rob Rochow, Zeb Taia, Adam Cuthbertson, Zane Tetevano, Kevin Naiqama (one to be omitted).
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