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Wests Tigers kept their slim finals hopes alive by disposing of Canterbury and they are confronted this weekend by another team they will be expected to beat in the Cowboys.

Todd Payten's men have lost all form and confidence, falling to eight losses on the trot, and all that remains for them in 2021 is to try and salvage some pride in the final month.

The Tigers sit two wins outside the top eight but have a reasonable run home with games against the Sharks, Panthers and Bulldogs to come after this weekend.

If they are to be any hope of ending a nine-year finals drought, Michael Maguire's side will need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results fall their way.

The rundown

Team news

Cowboys: Mitchell Dunn starts at lock with Coen Hess going to the bench. 

Daejarn Asi will partner Jake Granville in the centres with Connelly Lemuelu dropped due to mixed form. 

Reuben Cotter (foot) is still another week or two away while speedster Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is expected to miss three more games as he recovers from appendix surgery.

Connelly Lemuelu is the 18th man with Shane Wright dropping out of the game-day squad an hour before kick-off. Peter Hola and Laitia Moceidreke were the two players left out 24 hours before the match.

The Cowboys are aiming for two wins in a season against the Wests Tigers for the first time since 2003.

Wests Tigers: James Tamou is out of the Wests Tigers team with Thomas Mikaele moving to prop and Alex Twal to lock.

Jake Simpkin and Tukimihia Simpkins join the bench. James Roberts is the 18th man with Zac Cini dropping out of the side on game day.

Tamou and Jock Madden were the two players omitted on the eve of the match.

Wests Tigers will play at Queensland Country Bank Stadium for the first time.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Daejarn Asi
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Jake Granville
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Michael Chee Kam
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Ben Hampton
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Tom Dearden
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 13 Thomas Mikaele
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Ben Condon
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Heilum Luki
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 16 Mitchell Dunn
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 13 Coen Hess
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Tom Gilbert
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Kelma Tuilagi
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Jeremiah Nanai
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jake Simpkin
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tukimihia Simpkins

Reserves

  • Reserve for Cowboys is number 19 Connelly Lemuelu
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 17 Zac Cini

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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Key match-up

Scott Drinkwater v Adam Doueihi: Two powerful five-eighths who love to take on the line and have the potential to create a try-scoring opportunity out of nothing. Doueihi has made nine line breaks in 18 games while Drinkwater has chalked up 33 tackle breaks. Both men have 16 try assists for the season to sit inside the top 10 in that category. 

Stat attack

Since these two sides met in the 2005 grand final and Benji Marshall etched his name in grand final folklore with that flick pass, the Cowboys have been to the finals on eight occasions and won their maiden premiership in 2016. The Tigers, meanwhile, have been part of the September action only twice (2010 and 2011) since that memorable night, and have finished ninth on the ladder five times.

 

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