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North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions & Tips - Bulldogs battles to continue in the NRL

  • North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs predictions for Sunday’s NRL game
  • The Round 6 clash is being played at 7.05am BST at Queensland Country Bank Stadium
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost by 16+ points in their last 6 games
  • I am backing the Cowboys to win in Townsville with Murray Taulagi to score
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Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi has scored 3 tries in his last 3 games (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 13 Apr 2021
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North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions


The Cowboys got back to winning ways last week with Murray Taulagi in great form. With Jason Taumalolo back in the starting side, expect the Bulldogs to lose again and stay at the bottom of the NRL ladder.

  • North Queensland Cowboys’ Murray Taulagi has scored 3 tries in his last 3 games.
  • North Queensland Cowboys’ Murray Taulagi scored 2 tries in his last  game.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have won their last 2 games against Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost 19 of their last 21 games.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost by 16+ points in their last 6 games.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs have lost by 24+ points in their last 4 games.

Head to Head


Canterbury Bulldogs have a 23-17 advantage against North Queensland Cowboys in 40 games. 

North Queensland have won seven of the last nine clashes including 24-16 in Sydney last season.

North Queensland Cowboys Form


North Queensland lost their opening four games of the season. The Cowboys lost 24-0 at Penrith before returning home in a 25-18 loss to the Dragons.

Todd Payten’s side hosted the Gold Coast Titans and were smashed 44-8 in Townsville. The Cowboys’ woes continued with a 48-10 loss against Cronulla in Sydney.

North Queensland got back to winning ways by beating Wests Tigers 34-30 in Leichardt last week. They led 28-6 at half time and 34-20 with 10 minutes to go before conceding two late tries.

North Queensland Cowboys Injuries & Team News


Jason Taumalolo (hand) makes his return at lock which has prompted a pack reshuffle. Todd Payten has named Coen Hess at prop, Francis Molo moving to the bench and Reuben Cotter out of the side.

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (ankle) is out with Justin O'Neill (head knock) returning in the centres. 

Connelly Lemuelu (shoulder) is in doubt but has been named in the starting side. Mitch Dunn (foot) has been named in the 21-man squad and could be a late inclusion.

Michael Morgan (shoulder) has retired and Josh McGuire is likely to have played his last game with the Cowboys, rumoured to be linking up with the Dragons this week.

North Queensland Cowboys Line Up


1. Valentine Holmes
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Justin O'Neill
4. Connelly Lemuelu
5. Murray Taulagi
6. Scott Drinkwater
7. Ben Hampton
8. Coen Hess
9. Reece Robson
10. Jordan McLean
11. Shane Wright
12. Ben Condon
13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

14. Jake Granville
15. Lachlan Burr
16. Francis Molo 
17. Corey Jensen

Reserves

18. Esan Marsters
19. Mitch Dunn
20. Peter Hola
21. Jake Clifford

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


Canterbury sit bottom of the NRL after five straight defeats in 2021. The Bulldogs lost 32-16 at Newcastle in their first game of the season.

Trent Barrett’s side failed to score in their next three games. Canterbury lost 28-0 against Penrith, 24-0 against Brisbane and 38-0 against South Sydney.

The Bulldogs managed to score against Melbourne last week but went down 52-18 in Sydney. Luke Thompson, Jake Averillo and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak crossed for tries but their defence let them down.

Canterbury Bulldogs Injuries & Team News


Canterbury captain Josh Jackson (calf) is ruled out after suffering an injury at training.

Luke Thompson starts at lock with Chris Smith coming onto the bench. 

Lachlan Lewis (concussion) was close to returning this week but will have to wait until next week.

Jeremy Marshall-King (foot) is out until round 10-12, Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot) until round 18-22 and Jayden Okunbor (knee) until round 20.

Nick Meaney (broken ribs) is out indefinitely and Christian Crichton (knee) is out for the season.

Canterbury Bulldogs Predicted Line Up


1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
2. Nick Cotric
3. Will Hopoate
4. Corey Allan
5. Tuipolotu Katoa
6. Jake Averillo
7. Kyle Flanagan
8. Dylan Napa
9. Sione Katoa
10. Jack Hetherington
11. Adam Elliott
12. Corey Waddell
13. Luke Thompson

Interchange

14. Jackson Topine
15. Renouf Atoni
16. Chris Smith
17. Ofahiki Ogden

Reserves

19. Brandon Wakeham
21. Dean Britt
22. Joe Stimson
23. Matt Doorey

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Verdict

North Queensland finally got a win last week and return home with Jason Taumalolo back from injury. Murray Taulagi is in great form and backed to score again.

Canterbury Bulldogs conceded 52 points last week. They are missing influential captain Josh Jackson and are expected to lose again in Townsville.

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