The North Queensland Cowboys V Brisbane Broncos match is one of the more anticipated match-ups on the NRL calendar. The Broncos will be looking to hold their top eight position while the Cowboys are playing to avoid the dreaded Wooden Spoon title. Johnathan Thurston always digs deep for this match up and I think the Cowboys can get the job done at home.

HOOKERS

Jake Granville’s ($5,700) output in recent weeks has been below his average so it’s difficult to choose him over the Broncos’ candidate in Andrew McCullough ($7,00). Macca will be my hooker for this contest.

FORWARDS

David Fifita ($5,500) has been brought into the starting side for the injured Pangai Junior while Joe Ofahengaue ($6,800) is McGuire’s replacement at lock. Both these players should be able to produce an output superior to their worth. Matthew Lodge ($7,300) has easily been the better choice of the mid-rangers and should be a great option for this low scoring contest. Coen Hess ($7,600) is my choice of the Cowboys’ candidates as I can’t see Jason Taumalolo ($9,400) justifying his price during this clash.

HALVES

Johnathan Thurston ($7,300) loves playing against the Brisbane Broncos and should step up during the final time he faces his rivals. Anthony Milford ($6,700) typically scores well against the Broncos and needs to be considered if you’re predicting a high scoring affair.

OUTSIDE BACKS

Gehamat Shibasaki ($3,500) is the bottom dollar cheapie available. He’s been brought into the side for Jordan Kahu and will just need an average output to justify his price. Darius Boyd ($5,600) has returned to fullback and should be a good choice, while James Roberts ($6,800) may benefit from the weak defence of the Cowboys’ left edge.