Saturday’s third NRL Round 21 match is between Nth Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm with the game to be played at the 1300SMILES Stadium. The opening kick is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the home team Nth Queensland Cowboys currently holding favouritism. View our NRL live scores, stream, odds and results for the game between Nth Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 30/07/2016
Where: 1300SMILES Stadium
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Javid Bowen 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Ray Thompson 8 Matt Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Atalani Asiata 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant.
Storm: 1 Cameron Munster 2 Suliasi Vunivalu 3 William Chambers 4 Cheyse Blair 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith 10 Felise Kaufusi 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tohu Harris 13 Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14 Kenneth Bromwich 15 Christian Welch 16 Matthew White 17 Young Tonumaipea.
North Queensland coach Paul Green has refused to rule out injured playmaker Johnathan Thurston from Saturday night’s crunch NRL home clash with Melbourne.
Thurston was expected to be sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring injury but it was news to Green on Tuesday.
“According to everyone else, it is two games (he is sidelined)… but he will be back sooner rather than later,” Green said.
The race for top four spots was supposed to have been blown wide open after Thurston suffered the injury in last round’s 36-0 thumping of Canterbury.
The Test half was expected to not only miss the Storm clash but also the next round’s away showdown with the Wests Tigers.
But asked if Thurston could play against Melbourne, Green said: “We will see how he goes.
“We will monitor him – it’s fairly inconclusive.
“There is something going on there but it’s nothing too concerning at the moment.”
Green backed third-placed North Queensland to test No.2 Melbourne whether Thurston played or not.
He liked how Cowboys half Michael Morgan responded after Thurston limped off against the Bulldogs.
“Morgs in particular grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck,” he said.
“It’s about guys like him, Ray (Thompson) and Rory (Kostjasyn) … stepping up and taking some ownership of the team.”