Watch North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans NRL live and match preview
The desperate Cowboys will be hunting their first win of the season when they clash with the formidable Titans.
Disappointing is a word that easily describes the Cowboys' opening two weeks of the season. It's the opposite for opponents the Titans who have had two encouraging performances.
The Cowboys hardly need more incentive to avoid three straight losses to begin their 2021 campaign. Yet breaking news that captain Michael Morgan may need to retire due to a chronic shoulder injury is sure to give them a shot in the arm. But will it be enough to halt the upstart Titans?
Cowboys vs Titans kick-off
The Cowboys will host their Queensland rivals Gold Coast from 5:15pm local time (6:15pm AEDT) on Sunday 28 March.
How to watch North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans
This match is not on free-to-air TV. Cowboys vs Titans is exclusive to Fox League, so fans will need a subscription to Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ or Foxtel Now. It isn't a bad idea for Cowboys or Titans fans to consider signing up for a service.
As seen in the chart below the Cowboys only have 33% and Gold Coast 25% of fixtures on Channel 9. That leaves the Queensland clubs in the bottom six for free-to-air market share. You can compare Foxtel and Kayo here to figure out what best suits you.
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Stream North Queensland vs Gold Coast on Kayo Sports
Kayo is a sports streaming service that boasts every single regular season NRL game live and ad-free. You can catch two weeks of NRL and much more for no cost using Kayo's 14-day free trial for new users.
Kayo Sports is also bursting with special viewing features aimed directly at sports fans. For example if you miss the start of North Queensland vs Gold Coast you can jump in at any point and choose to watch from the start instead of live.
There's also a No Spoilers feature to ensure the result remains a surprise. Interactive Stats, alternate camera angles and Kayo Minis are also among the options. See the full list of Kayo features here.
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If you're an NRL Live Pass customer you're also shifting to Kayo. If you sign up by 31 May you can get a $20 monthly discount on subscriptions for 12 months. We also have a full viewing guide for the NRL season that breaks down all your streaming options.
Cowboys vs Titans preview
Cowboys coach Todd Payten told the media this week that the entire club was feeling the pressure and some players were harbouring self-doubts after their upset defeat to the Dragons. He still wants his players to "relax and go after the game". Easier said than done when the pressure rises with every loss.
The Titans are now clearly the number one team in Queensland. They thrashed the Broncos last round and are very capable of doing the same to a Cowboys outfit lacking composure and missing star forward Jason Taumalolo and captain Morgan.
The Titans are building nicely as their big-name marquee recruits David Fifita and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui settle in. They will need a big game from number seven Jamal Fogarty in the absence of his halves partner Ash Taylor (broken hand).
We're expecting the Titans to win this comfortably. The Cowboys' confidence levels are shot and questions have to be asked about Payten's team selections.
We'd suggest shifting Valentine Holmes from wing to his preferred position at fullback and move Scott Drinkwater to the halves, axing Jake Clifford. Yep, we like fantasy football here at Finder!
North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans team lists
North Queensland Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Murray Taulagi 3. Esan Marsters 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Valentine Holmes 21. Ben Hampton 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Lachlan Burr 18. Justin O'Neill 19. Shane Wright.
Gold Coast Titans team: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Phillip Sami 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark 18. Beau Fermor 21. Sam Stone.
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