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North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm Predictions & Tips - Storm to set new club record

  • North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm tips for Friday's NRL Round 19 match
  • The match is being played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium (10.50am BST)
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 11 matches against North Queensland Cowboys
  • Storm have won their last 14 matches and are tipped to post a big victory again
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Melbourne Storm are set for a record-equalling 15th straight win (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 21 Jul 2021
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North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm Predictions


The form of these two sides are poles apart. There is very little reason to think the Cowboys can bring the Storm's long winning run to an end. 

Melbourne have been far too much attacking talent and they should turn it on again against the NRL's second leakiest defence.

  • North Queensland Cowboys have lost their last 5 matches.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have lost 3 of their last 5 matches by 28+ points.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have conceded 194 points in their last 5 NRL games.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have conceded an average of just over 31 points a game in 2021.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 11 matches against North Queensland Cowboys.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 14 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have scored at least 40 points or more in 11 of their last 14 matches.
  • Melbourne Storm have won their last 3 matches by an average 46.67 points.

Head to Head


The Storm have dominated the Cowboys, winning 31 of 41 previous meetings between the sides. 

Melbourne have won 11 in a row including a 36-20 victory in Round 18 last year.

North Queensland Cowboys Form


The Cowboys suffered a fifth straight loss when they were beaten 34-18 by Sydney Roosters last weekend.

The margin didn't tell the full story, however, with the Roosters running in three tries in the last 11 minutes to seal the game.

North Queensland have also been beaten by Manly Sea Eagles 50-18, Cronulla Sharks 26-24, Newcastle Knights 38-0 and South Sydney Rabbitohs 46-18 in their losing run.

The Cowboys have slipped to 13th on the ladder, but are still only a win outside of the top eight in a congested table.

North Queensland Cowboys Team News


Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow was named at full-back but won't play after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.

Javid Bowen is ruled out with a knee injury. His place goes to Murray Taulagi, while winger Kane Bradley is named for his debut.

Back-rower Heilum Luki returns from a one-match suspension on the interchange, with Coen Hess also named on the bench but needing to pass concussion tests.

Peter Hola drops down to the reserves.

North Queensland Cowboys Team List


1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Murray Taulagi, 4. Connelly Lemeulu, 5. Kane Bradley, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Tom Dearden, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Shane Wright, 12. Mitch Dunn, 13. Jason Taumalolo, 14. Tom Gilbert, 15. Heilum Luki, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Jake Granville, 18. Lachlan Burr, 19. Michael Bell, 20. Peter Hola, 21. Deajarn Asi

Melbourne Storm Form


The Storm stand one win away from a club record-equalling 15 straight victories, which they can match with a win in Townsville.

Storm have been posting win after win and piling on the points with Craig Bellamy's side topping the ladder on points differential from Penrith Panthers.

Melbourne have passed the 40-point mark in 11 of their 14 victories and won their last three matches by an average 46.67 points.

They defeated Wests Tigers 66-16, thumped the Sydney Roosters 46-0 and defeated Newcastle Knights 48-4 last weekend.

Melbourne Storm Team News


Star full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen makes his long-awaited return after being named on the interchange for Storm.

The side is also bolstered by the return of Origin stars Josh Addo-Carr and Christian Welch after both were given a rest last week.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona is also back from suspension to take his place on the bench.

Storm have taken the chance to rest Cameron Munster and Felise Kaufusi with Cooper Johns and Chris Lewis replacing them.

Dale Finucane and George Jennings are ruled out due to concussion protocols and a knee injury respectively. 

Melbourne Storm Team List


1. Nicho Hynes, 2. Dean Ieremia, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cooper Johns, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Chris Lewis, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Tui Kamikamica, 14. Aaron Booth, 15. Aaron Pene, 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 18. Trent Loiero, 19. Jordan Grant, 20. Isaac Lumelume, 21. Marion Seve

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Verdict

Only the Brisbane Broncos have conceded more points than the Cowboys this season. That does not bode well as the free-scoring Melbourne Storm come to town. 

Storm can cover a big -30.5 handicap again and bring up a club-record equalling 15th straight win.

Best Bet: Storm -30.5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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