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New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys Predictions & Tips - Cowboys to win high-scoring game

  • New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys predictions for Sunday's NRL Round 8 match
  • The match is being played at Central Coast Stadium (05.00am BST)
  • The Cowboys have won their last 3 games
  • North Queensland are tipped to win a high-scoring contest
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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The Warriors and Cowboys clash on Sunday (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 30 Apr 2021
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New Zealand Warriors v North Queensland Cowboys Predictions

Both sides come into this match with three wins and four losses, but the Cowboys are clearly the side in form. The Warriors have lost three of their last four, while the Cowboys have posted three straight wins. They are tipped to make it four in a row in a high-scoring game.

  • North Queensland Cowboys have won their last 3 matches.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have scored an average 30 points a game over their last 3 matches.
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.


There have been 41 games between these two sides with honours almost split evenly. The Warriors have 21 wins and the Cowboys 20. 

They have only met once at Central Coast Stadium, back in Round 5 last year when the Warriors won 37-26.

The Cowboys have won 13 of their 20 games against the Warriors on Australian soil.

New Zealand Warriors Form

The Warriors have been inconsistent with their form thus far in 2021. They opened the season with a sensational 19-6 win over the much hyped Gold Coast Titans. 

New Zealand then had a narrow loss to the Newcastle Knights before producing an unbelievable comeback to down the Canberra Raiders 34-31. 

The Warriors then lost to the Sydney Roosters by 20 points, and went down to Manly by a point in Round 5.

They bounced back with a 20-14 win over the red-hot St George Illawarra Dragons, but were belted by the Melbourne Storm 42-20 last weekend.

New Zealand Warriors Team News

Three Warriors players will return from injury this weekend – David Fusitu’a, Adam Pompey and the brilliant Tohu Harris. 

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returns to fullback, with Reece Walsh moving to five-eighth. Fusitu’a starts on the wing and Pompey returns at centre, covering for the injured Marcelo Montoya. 

Tohu Harris will return at lock, pushing Jazz Tevaga to the bench. Ben Murdoch-Masila will start in the second row. 

Bayley Sironen moves to the bench and Jack Murchie is out of the 17 along with Tom Ale.

Euan Aitken and Peta Hiku are set to return around Round 11 and Chanel Harris-Tavita a week or two after. Addin Fonua-Blake is out until Round 20, while Paul Turner won't be seen again this season.

New Zealand Warriors Team List

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Rocco Berry 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Reece Walsh 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Kane Evans 11. Josh Curran 12. Ben Murdoch-Masila 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Jack Murchie 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Tom Ale 22. Taniela Otukolo

North Queensland Cowboys Form

The Cowboys had an atrocious start to the season, losing four straight games. Three of them were by considerable margins as they lost to Penrith Panthers 24-0, St George Illawarra Dragons 25-18, Gold Coast Titans 44-8 and the Cronulla Sharks 48-10.

Since then, the Cowboys have reeled off three wins in a row. They have beaten the Wests Tigers 34-30, Canterbury Bulldogs 30-18 and Canberra Raiders 26-24.

Defensively, the Cowboys are still very poor but their attack has improved immeasurably.

North Queensland Cowboys Team News

Big news this week is the return of powerhouse Jason Taumalolo in a huge boost to the Cowboys pack. 

Taumalolo will return at lock for this weekend’s game, pushing Lachlan Burr to the bench.

Mitchell Dunn is out serving a suspension until next weekend. 

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is expected to be back in a fortnight while Reuben Cotter is set to be sidelined until Round 20.

North Queensland Cowboys Team List

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 14. Jake Granville 15. Lachlan Burr 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen 18. Peter Hola 19. Javid Bowen 20. Tom Gilbert 21. Jake Clifford

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This match looks set to be a tight contest. The Warriors have a knack of turning up and winning games they aren’t expected to, but the Cowboys attack is looking very sharp at the moment and is hard to overlook. The Cowboys are tipped to win a high scoring game.

Best Bet: Over 44.5 Points Total Points @-109.89 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Cowboys Win Match Result @135.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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