Wests Tigers lead Wests Tigers 16-6 at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
The Cowboys came out of the blocks with a try on Tom Dearden, before the Tigers responded with three straight tries on Brent Naden, Fa’amanu Brown and Asu Kepaoa.
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Luke Brooks produced a brilliant cut pass to put Asu Kepaoa in the corner to extend the Tigers lead.
Hooker Fa’amanu Brown dove from the dummy to see the Tigers take the lead.
Brent Naden brought the Tigers back into the competition after diving into the corner to lock in the scores.
The Cowboys embarked on a flyer with Tom Dearden scoring a Reece Robson-inspired long-range try in a dream start for the home side.
North Queensland Cowboys host Wests Tigers in a clash at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. The Cowboys welcome back their Origin stars with Tom Dearden at five-eights, Ben Hampton dropping out.
Valentine Holmes is in the crosses, with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow dropping to the bench, while Murray Taulagi comes on the wing for Brendan Elliott.
Jeremiah Nanai is back in the back row, with Luciano Leilua dropping to the bench and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown starting in the No.16 shirt.
For the Tigers, Brent Naden returns to the wing after serving his four-week suspension.
The Tigers will be short of troops in the coaching department after Covid ruled out Brett Kimmorley, with assistants Ben Gardiner and Nathan Cayless to take charge of the team.
The second-placed Cowboys need to win to cement their second spot, while the Tigers are desperate for a win to try to move away from the wooden spoon position.
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