Wests Tigers v North Queensland Cowboys
Campbelltown Stadium, Sunday 3pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 19 2011 - Tigers 38 bt Cowboys 18 at Dairy Farmers Stadium
Head-to-head: Tigers 13 Cowboys 11
Referees: Ben Cummins/Brett Suttor
TV: Delay, Channel 9 (4pm)
TAB Sportsbet: Tigers $1.55 Cowboys $2.45
FootyTab: Cowboys +4.5
Greg Prichard writes: The Tigers get Chris Heighington back from injury, which is a big boost. They have won three in a row and four of their last five, but it has mostly been a battle for them and they really need forwards like Heighington on deck to increase the grunt. The Cowboys have won four in a row, but they have an awful record in Sydney games in recent years.
AAP writes: A good test as to where both sides are at as we reach the halfway mark of the season. The Tigers say they have enjoyed winning ugly but they have also enjoyed a favourable draw - three of their four straight wins have come against the three bottom placed teams. The Cowboys are sitting pretty in the top four having finally learned to win away. But they face a stern examination here with big guns Johnathan Thurston, James Tamou, Matt Scott and Brent Tate returning after State of Origin. NSW No.9 Robbie Farah will do likewise for the home side.
Key: The Tigers have found some go forward again thanks to Keith Galloway and Aaron Woods and they will need it up against an imposing Cowboys pack.
TIGERS: Tim Moltzen, Matt Utai, Beau Ryan, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Blake Ayshford, Benji Marshall, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington. Interchange (from): Ben Murdoch-Masila, Curtis Sironen, Matt Bell, Tom Humble, Joel Reddy.
COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston (c), Ray Thompson, Matthew Scott (c), Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Interchange (from): James Segeyaro, Ricky Thorby, Ashton Sims, Jason Taumalolo, Scott Bolton, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Cory Paterson