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NRL Round 18: Cowboys v Roosters
With Holmes ruled out due to injury from last night, this is one game where Origin has played a big part already. Holmes was playing great before his injury and he will be sorely missed by the misfiring Cowboys.
Luckily for the Cowboys, Coach Payten has rediscovered the talented Daejarn Asi, who was very good for the Cowboys in his last outing. Despite the team sheet reading that Bowen will play fullback for Holmes, there is no way Payten is that dumb. The Hammer and Asi are the two most likely choices due to their superior speed.
But the really big news for this match came through yesterday, with Tedesco being rested following his big Origin performance. With Suaalii ruled out for the season earlier in the week and Taukeiaho missing due to hamstring strain, the Roosters are now missing so much talent from their best 17 earlier in the season, that the Cowboys at home are a massive chance in this one.
Just to recap, the following guys were all in the Roosters top 17 at the beginning of the season: Taukeiaho, Tedesco, Friend, Collins, Keary, B. Morris and Cordner. While guys like Sam Walker have stepped up to fill the void, as we saw against the Doggies last weekend, this Roosters team has lost the hard edge we have seen in previous seasons.
On my ratings and being played in Townsville, this game should go down to the wire.
But because the Cowboys form has been so patchy and the Roosters still have the potential to blow their opponents off the park, I am happy with the action we have here.
Predicted score Cowboys 22 – Roosters 22