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North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions & Tips - Dragons value to win in Townsville

  • North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons predictions for Saturday’s NRL Round 2 match
  • The game is being played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium (8.35am GMT)
  • North Queensland Cowboys have lost 12 of their last 14 matches
  • The Dragons are tipped to win in Townsville
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Gary Emmerson 18 Mar 2021
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North Queensland Cowboys vs St George Illawarra Dragons Predictions


The Dragons are value to defeat the Cowboys, who started the season with a shocking performance last week. Under 36.5 has delivered in this match up in seven of the last nine, and with the total set at 41.5 the under is tipped.

  • North Queensland Cowboys have lost 12 of their last 14 matches.
  • North Queensland Cowboys failed to score a point in a 24-0 Round 1 defeat.
  • Seven of the last 9 meetings have had 36 points or less. 
  • St George Illawarra Dragons have lost 5 of their 6 matches.

Head to Head


St George Illawarra Dragons have won four of the last six NRL matches between the sides, but did lose last year's meeting.

North Queensland Cowboys won on Golden Point after a 22-22 draw at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. 

North Queensland Cowboys Form


The Cowboys lost 11 of their final 13 matches of last season, and started the 2021 campaign in woeful fashion last week.

Having prepared for the season with a 34-18 over Brisbane Broncos in a trial match, the Cowboys were all over the place in a 24-0 defeat to Penrith Panthers in Round 1.

It could have been much worse for the Cowboys with only a wayward Panthers side preventing a rout for Todd Payton's North Queensland.

North Queensland Cowboys Team News


Cowboys coach Todd Payten has opted against changes in the hope of a reaction.

Tom Gilbert is still on the sidelines with a fractured leg.

North Queensland Cowboys Team List


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 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh Mcguire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Reuben Cotter 18. Lachlan Burr 19. Shane Wright 20. Murray Taulagi 21. Ben Hampton

St George Illawarra Dragons Form


New coach Anthony Griffin tasted defeat in his first game in charge as the Dragons went down 32-18 to Cronulla Sharks in Round 1.

The Dragons trailed 14-0 at half-time and it was defensive problems that ultimately cost them in their season-opener.

St George were also struggled to keep South Sydney Rabbitohs out as they lost the Charity Shield 48-16, and the focus this week will have been on improving the defensive line.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team News


The Dragons have recalled Corey Norman following his one-match ban in Round 1.

Winger Cody Ramsey has been named despite suffering an ankle injury against the Sharks last week.

Adam Clune drops down to an extended bench, while Jayden Sullivan and Jack de Belin are still out.

St George Illawarra Dragons Team List


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 18. Adam Clune 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Jackson Ford 21. Jordan Pereira

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Verdict

Under 41.5 points is the best bet with this fixture having a history of not passing that total. The Dragons are value to win against a Cowboys team which was alarmingly bad last week.

Best Bet: Under 41.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at Unibet - 2 Units
Value Bet: Dragons Win Match Result @125.00 at Unibet - 1 Unit

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