How to watch North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos NRL live and match preview
Both the Cowboys and Broncos are showing signs of life. Who will earn state bragging rights this week?
The Broncos produced the greatest comeback in club history when they overcame a 22-0 deficit to defeat the Titans last week. Beat the Cowboys here and they can restore the fans' faith that they might just become the number one team in Queensland once more.
The Cowboys (3-5 record) are above the Broncos on the ladder but face a critical period. After this match, they tackle the Roosters, Knights and Warriors. North Queensland had won two straight before last week's narrow loss to the Kiwi outfit.
Cowboys vs Broncos kick-off time
This Sunshine State derby will be contested at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville on Saturday 8 May from 7:35pm AEST.
How to watch Cowboys vs Broncos live and free
If you want to tune in to this derby, you will need access to either Foxtel, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. It is not being shown on free-to-air TV. With its pricing structure, special features and free trial, we think Kayo is the pick of the bunch.
Live stream Cowboys vs Broncos on Kayo
Including this match, just two of the Cowboys' next seven fixtures are on free-to-air TV. All up, only 8 of North Queensland's 24 regular season games are on Channel 9, the rest are exclusive to Fox Footy.
The Broncos have eight matches for the remainder of the season that can only be seen on Fox League. So if you are a fan of either team, you need to consider signing up to Kayo Sports to ensure you get access to every game live.
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Cowboys vs Broncos match preview
For the Cowboys, Jake Clifford is back in the number seven jersey this week to replace Ben Hampton (pectoral injury). Javid Bowen was working as an electrician last year before coach Todd Payten handed him an NRL lifeline.
The nephew of Cowboys great Matt Bowen comes into the centres for his first NRL match since 2019, with Justin O'Neill sidelined (knee).
The Broncos are unchanged from last week's impressive comeback. Tyson Gamble looks to have cemented the halfback role. He is an excellent communicator and lifts his team with his passion and energy. His organisational skills allow Anthony Milford to play his natural game as a running five-eighth.
This is a tough one to pick and recent form doesn't provide many answers. Brisbane have won three and North Queensland two of their past five match-ups. Jason Taumalolo returned last week in a massive boost to the Cowboys but Broncos big boppers Payne Haas and Tevita Pangai Jr are smashing it.
We'll opt for the Broncos to get home against the Cowboys by four points.
Cowboys vs Broncos team lists
Cowboys team: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen 18. Peter Hola 19. Mitchell Dunn 20. Tom Gilbert 21. Kane Bradley
Broncos team: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Jesse Arthars 5. Corey Oates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tyson Gamble 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Jordan Riki 12. Tevita Pangai Jr 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Danny Levi 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Rhys Kennedy 18. Dale Copley 19. Brendan Piakura 20. Tesi Niu 21. John Asiata