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North Queensland Cowboys v Warriors<br /> Dairy Farmers Stadium<br /> Saturday 7.30pm<br /> <br /> Another huge game for both clubs this weekend, but can the Warriors make it a contest?<br /> While there was certainly no shame in defeat for North Queensland last week in their brutal clash with fellow top-four contenders Manly, the Warriors’ season is on its death bed after their woeful performance at home to Cronulla last Sunday.<br /> Having thrown away 18-0 leads in consecutive losses to Newcastle and Manly, it seems the emotional let-down of so many missed opportunities finally caught up with them in their 45-4 capitulation and, to be honest, it would take a minor miracle for them to turn it all around in time to reach the finals.<br /> This week’s clash looms as a huge test for the Kiwi outfit – in more ways than one. Their first task will be restoring some level of pride after last week’s thrashing, because anything but a newfound commitment in defence will see their season come to a premature end.<br /> But they must also contend with a Cowboys outfit with plenty to play for and a spring in their step given the impressive form they’ve displayed since the representative season concluded.<br /> The Cowboys are coming off the back of consecutive losses themselves, although they’ve performed strongly in falling to the competition favourites Canterbury and a narrow 8-6 loss to Manly last weekend. They will also be keen to use the home ground advantage against a Warriors side that has travelled from Auckland to Perth, back to Auckland and now up to Townsville in the space of a fortnight.<br /> The Warriors have long been a dangerous side – capable of putting any opponent to the sword on their day – but with their defence in disarray they face a tough outing against the attacking brilliance of Johnathan Thurston, Matt Bowen and co.<br /> North Queensland coach Neil Henry has stuck with the same 17 that lost to Manly last week, with Ricky Thorby and Anthony Mitchell added to a 19-man bench.<br /> The Warriors have recalled veteran lock M



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Updated Aug 9, 2012
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North Queensland Cowboys v Warriors
Dairy Farmers Stadium
Saturday 7.30pm

Another huge game for both clubs this weekend, but can the Warriors make it a contest?
While there was certainly no shame in defeat for North Queensland last week in their brutal clash with fellow top-four contenders Manly, the Warriors’ season is on its death bed after their woeful performance at home to Cronulla last Sunday.
Having thrown away 18-0 leads in consecutive losses to Newcastle and Manly, it seems the emotional let-down of so many missed opportunities finally caught up with them in their 45-4 capitulation and, to be honest, it would take a minor miracle for them to turn it all around in time to reach the finals.
This week’s clash looms as a huge test for the Kiwi outfit – in more ways than one. Their first task will be restoring some level of pride after last week’s thrashing, because anything but a newfound commitment in defence will see their season come to a premature end.
But they must also contend with a Cowboys outfit with plenty to play for and a spring in their step given the impressive form they’ve displayed since the representative season concluded.
The Cowboys are coming off the back of consecutive losses themselves, although they’ve performed strongly in falling to the competition favourites Canterbury and a narrow 8-6 loss to Manly last weekend. They will also be keen to use the home ground advantage against a Warriors side that has travelled from Auckland to Perth, back to Auckland and now up to Townsville in the space of a fortnight.
The Warriors have long been a dangerous side – capable of putting any opponent to the sword on their day – but with their defence in disarray they face a tough outing against the attacking brilliance of Johnathan Thurston, Matt Bowen and co.
North Queensland coach Neil Henry has stuck with the same 17 that lost to Manly last week, with Ricky Thorby and Anthony Mitchell added to a 19-man bench.
The Warriors have recalled veteran lock M

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