How to watch North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons NRL live and match preview
Can the Cowboys overcome the massive loss of star forward Jason Taumalolo and defeat the Dragons in Townsville?
Neither the Cowboys or Dragons were able to muster up a win during the opening round. Both sides found themselves staring at a case of deja vu with the make-up of their spines being questioned.
In good news for the Dragons, playmaker Corey Norman is back in the side after a one-match suspension. Fans were hoping to see how Jason Taumalolo responded to coach Todd Payten's public criticism of him, but he has since broken his hand in training and is now out.
When is Cowboys vs Dragons?
This match kicks off at 6:35 pm locally (7:35pm AEDT) on Saturday 20 March at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
How to watch Cowboys vs Dragons
North Queensland vs St George is part of the Fox Sports exclusive Super Saturday. It is not on Channel 9.
Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are your only options. Live Pass customers are also currently being transitioned to Kayo Sports, albeit for a huge discount. We also have a full viewing guide for the NRL season.
Stream Cowboys vs Dragons on Kayo Sports
As rugby league fans ourselves we definitely feel the frustration of supporters who can't watch their preferred team on free-to-air. Kayo Sports is your best alternative here.
Just a third of Cowboys games and 10 out of 24 Dragons fixtures are on free to air this year. You can at least watch two full rounds of NRL free using Kayo's 14-day trial.
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Cowboys vs Dragons prediction?
Coach Anthony Griffin will need Norman to be at his scheming best straight away if the Dragons are to be any chance of winning. The Cowboys have beaten the Dragons in six of their past seven games in Townsville.
We expect that strong record to continue for the home side, although it will be much tougher without their best player in Taumalolo. Given the controversy surrounding Payten's public criticism of Taumalolo last week and his current absence, we're expecting the forward pack to lift.
North Queensland prop Francis Molo this week inked a three-year deal with the Dragons and will want to impress his future club. Cowboys by six points.
Cowboys vs Dragons team lists
North Queensland Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Esan Marsters 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 17. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh McGuire 16. Corey Jensen 18. Lachlan Burr 19. Shane Wright 21. Ben Hampton
St George Illawarra Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Jack Bird 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jackson Ford
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