Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cowboys Need Tariq to Fire Up

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Cowboys Need Tariq to Fire Up

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TONIGHT

Cowboys V Dragons:

At Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7.35pm

Head-to-head: Played 21; Dragons 11, Cowboys 10

Last meeting: Cowboys 22-8, round 9, 2011

Cowboys fans hope boom boy Tariq Sims puts in a little more than last week. Touted as a Blues Origin certainty on the back of just 23 NRL games, Sims waited 24 minutes before his first touch against the Rabbitohs. But the accusation of sporadic form is not just on him, and it's time the Cowboys became serious. The Dragons will be extremely formidable opposition, and this shapes as an absolute cracker.

Eels V Bulldogs:

At ANZ Stadium, 7.35pm

Head-to-head: Played 130; Bulldogs 68, Eels 57, drawn 5

Last meeting: Eels 8-7, round 20, 2011

Having played a record 355 NRL games, Darren Lockyer is qualified in what it takes to find form, and he reckons the 31-point avalanche by Parramatta last weekend might just turn its season around. The Bulldogs tonight will be a tough opponent, but the local derby may be the motivation needed. Don't be surprised if Chris Sandow starts.

TOMORROW

Warriors V Broncos:

At Mt Smart Stadium, 7.30pm (local time)

Head-to-head: Played 29; Broncos 18, Warriors 11

Last meeting: Broncos 40-10, qualifying final, 2011

Defence remains a concern for the Warriors, and leaking 18 points in 11 minutes at their last start and 22 in a win the previous round is a telling stat. Interestingly, their best defensive effort all season has been 18 points, and that is the least number the Broncos have scored in eight outings. The Broncos keep finding ways to win and although a loss is probably on the horizon, it's difficult imagining defeat by the ill-disciplined Warriors.

Titans V Tigers:

At Skilled Park, 7.30pm

Head-to-head: Played 9, Gold Coast 5, Wests Tigers 4

Last meeting: Tigers 39-10, round 25, 2011

The 11 minutes from hell last weekend aside, the Tigers did look something like top-four material against the Eels and may well have found their bite. Even the Titans showed some spirit in the second half against the Broncos, albeit they were 20-nil down. Scott Prince is a massive Titans' loss. …

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