NRL betting (round 10 for May 11): No Thurston to test Cowboys’ mettle

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Updated: May 11, 2017

The big news coming out of last weekend’s NRL Representative Round was the shoulder injury suffered by Johnathan Thurston during the ANZAC Test against New Zealand – that’s a huge blow for a Cowboys outfit that has struggled badly without their leader in the side; overall record: 27-0-20, +9.08 units

 

NRL round 10: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (5-4) v North Queensland Cowboys (5-4)
Where: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
When: Thursday, May 11, 7.50pm (AET)
Line: Bulldogs -3.5, O/U 37.5

Confirmed bet: Bulldogs WIN @ $2.000 (with Ladbrokes Bet Blast)

TIW says: With a place in the top eight on the line the Bulldogs and Cowboys will keen to open round 10 with victory in tonight’s clash at ANZ Stadium. Canterbury-Bankstown and North Queensland have shown contrasting form over the past five rounds, with the boys from Belmore winning four from five, while North Queensland scored just one win over the same period only.

The Bulldogs seem to have picked up some of the Cowboys’ bad luck in recent weeks, with five-eighth Josh Reynolds ruled out for five weeks due to a hamstring injury. After getting over the Raiders in round 9 without captain James Graham, the Bulldogs forwards that got the job done will be full of confidence coming into tonight’s match-up. The Bulldogs have conceded more than 12 points in a game just three times this year but have been held to 16 or fewer in five of nine games this year.

 

The Cowboys will be praying that Johnathan Thurston’s shoulder injury in the Anzac Test match was the dying gasp of their horror run of injuries for 2017, and will be eager to see both Lachlan Coote and Jake Granville get through the game unscathed. North Queensland have won four in a row over the Bulldogs, but it must be noted that the influential Thurston (pictured above) featured in each of those victories.

The Cowboys did the double in 2016, smashing the Bulldogs 36-0 in Townsville in round 20, with Antonio Winterstein scoring a hat-trick and Justin O’Neill a double. The Cowboys backed it up in round 25, with a 24-16 victory at Belmore. Ethan Lowe and Greg Eastwood both crossed for doubles. The Cowboys have conceded 26-plus in five of their past seven outings. The Cowboys have played just once outside of Queensland this year for a six-point loss to the Dragons in Wollongong.

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); best AU price available is quoted, correct at time of publication. Results/comments on this week’s games will follow in the next post.

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