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North Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks
The North Queensland Cowboys welcome the Cronulla Sharks to Townsville for this opening round tie from the 2018 NRL season and the great news for fans of Rugby is that you can watch this highly anticipated match up live online via our NRL live streaming partners.
The Cowboys go into this season as one of the favourites for the NRL title and the Sharks go into the season as one of the teams expected to be in and around the top 4 come the end of the season so with the expectation high on both sides of the park, this game will go along way to showing us whether the hype on both teams is accurate or not.
The Cowboys have one of the strongest squads in the league and some of the best players in the world including Johnathan Thurston but after struggling so badly last season with injuries, they will be hoping to keep their star men out on the field this season and away from the physio room.
The Sharks have a good mix of youth and experience and have internationals stars in key positions across the board which makes them a threat against anybody. This is one of the matches we are looking forward to the most in the opening round so make sure you miss none of the action by watching via our live streaming partners or by watching on Sky Sports.
Neither team have any form going into the game as it is the opening round of the season.
The Cowboys name a settled squad although Lachlan Coote is injured. Ben Hampton gets the full back berth.
The Sharks are also a settled squad but they name Sione Katoa on the wing for his debut with big name signing Trent Hodkinson only on the bench.
With both teams naming a settled squad going into this one we expect this to be amongst the better matches of the season as those early season errors and mistakes should be to a minimum. It is incredible to see the sheer quality of both teams and it is no surprise that these 2 outfits are amongst the favourites for the title this season.
One big advantage the Cowboys have is the heat and humidity of their home ground in the North of Queensland and that is especially the case in the early round. With both squads so evenly matched, that could prove to be one of the big difference, but we feel that with both squads so evenly matched across the park we are going to back the Cowboys JT to provide that extra bit of quality that will be the difference.
Score Prediction North Queensland Cowboys by 4