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North Queensland Cowboys vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions & Tips - Cowboys value to win at home

  • North Queensland Cowboys vs New Zealand Warriors predictions for Friday's NRL Round 12 match
  • The match is being played at Queensland Country Bank Stadium (9.00am BST)
  • North Queensland Cowboys have won their last 4 home matches
  • The Cowboys are tipped to continue their winning run in Townsville
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 27 May 2021
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North Queensland Cowboys vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions


The Cowboys are value as the marginal outsiders given their recent home record. Neither team has performed well recently defensively and over the total points line can land once again.

  • North Queensland Cowboys have won their last 4 home matches.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have won 5 of their last 7 matches.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have seen 48+ points in 4 of their last 5 home matches.
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen 44+ points in their last 2 matches against North Queensland Cowboys.
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 5 of their last 8 matches.
  • New Zealand Warriors have conceded 26+ points in 4 of their last 5 matches. 
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen 52+ points in 4 of their last 5 matches.

Head to Head


These two sides met four weeks ago in Round 8 when the Warriors were 24-20 winners.

The victory made it four wins in the last five head to heads for the Warriors, who now lead the head to head record 22-20 from 42 clashes. 

Across the last 10 meetings, however, it is five wins each.

North Queensland Cowboys Form


North Queensland Cowboys made it four wins in a row at home when defeating Newcastle Knights 36-20 last weekend.

It was a fourth win in six weeks following victories over Canterbury Bulldogs, Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos.

The two defeats in that time have been away trips to the Warriors and Sydney Roosters.

The Cowboys sit in 10th spot with a 5-6 record for the season.

North Queensland Cowboys Team News


Todd Payten is forced into changes with Jason Taumalolo and Lachlan Burr suspended, Connolly Lemuelu suffering a thumb injury and Francis Molo ruled out after a head knock.

Coen Hess returns from concussion to replace Taumalolo at lock, and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has shaken off a leg injury to come in for Lemuelu in the centres.

Peter Hola and Corey Jensen come onto the interchange bench.

North Queensland Cowboys Team List


1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Coen Hess 14. Jake Granville 15. Peter Hola 16. Corey Jensen 17. Heilum Luki 18. Justin O’Neill 19. Ben Condon 20. Daejarn Asi 21. Emry Pere

New Zealand Warriors Form


The Warriors ended a two-game losing run with a hard-fought 30-26 victory over the Wests Tigers, to move up to ninth on the ladder.

New Zealand had gone down 38-32 to Manly Sea Eagles and 34-18 to Parramatta Eels in the previous two games.

After a solid start to the season, the Warriors have won three of their last eight matches.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Kane Evans and Jack Murchie come back into the Warriors side for prop Bunty Afoa and second-rower Ben Murdoch Massila.

Reece Walsh has kept his place at full-back, meaning Roger Tuivasa-Sheck starts on the wing once again.

Rocco Berry (head knock), Josh Curran (elbow) and prop Tom Ale (ankle) all remain out.

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Adam Pompey 4. Euan Aitken 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Jack Murchie 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila 18. Taniela Otukolo 20. Rocco Berry 21. Sean O’Sullivan 22. Jackson Frei

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Verdict

The Cowboys are the value bet after four straight home wins in Townsville. The Warriors have been leaking points and over 49.5 total points is predicted.

Best Bet: Over 49.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Cowboys Win Match Result @110.00 at Unibet - 2 Units

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