The North Queensland Cowboys, who play their home games at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, had a hugely disappointing 2018 campaign. After entering the season on the back of a Grand Final appearance the year prior, they struggled throughout, ending the year in 13th place and well out of finals contention.
The Cowboys head into 2019, the 25th season in the club’s history, without superstar Johnathon Thurston for the first time since 2004. Fortunately, they will have an injury-free Michael Morgan as well as plenty of other talent, and you can enjoy all the Cowboys action live at home on your TV, or when streaming matches to a mobile device.
N. QLD Cowboys TV Preview
After two Grand Final appearances (including one Premiership) in three years, the Cowboys’ drop-off last year came as a surprise to many. Despite the loss of Johnathon Thurston, however, they will be confident in their ability to make a return to finals action, and they will be desperate to do so with a couple of early games against long-time rivals. In round 2 they face the Broncos, against whom they share a fierce rivalry having been the only two teams in Queensland from 1999 to 2006, and it was only made fiercer when the two met in one of the most memorable Grand Finals in history in 2015 – the Cowboys got over the line in the first ever Grand Final Golden Point.
The very next week is the always anticipated NRL premiership contest between the Cowboys and the Sharks. This rivalry began to manifest itself just a few years ago as a result of the shared success of the two – they each won their maiden Premierships in successive years (2015 and 2016). It will be a big start to the season for North Queensland, but their finals pursuit will be littered with big games throughout. If they can avoid repeating their poor start of last year – where they lost five or their first six games – the Cowboys will be confident in their ability to return to the top eight, and you won’t miss a key moment when watching the Cowboys live online.
NRL Cowboys LIVE TV (Sydney time)
Fri 3 May: Cowboys v Titans at 6.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun 12 May: Rabbitohs v Cowboys at 4.05pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 18 May: Cowboys v Eels at 5.30pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 25 May: Raiders v Cowboys at 3.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun 2 June: Titans v Cowboys at 4.05pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 8 June: Cowboys v Sea Eagles at 7.35pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri 14 June: Cowboys v Wests Tigers at 7.55pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri 28 June: Dragons v Cowboys at 6.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Per agreement the N. Qld Cowboys on Free to Air is not available in all locations before the finals, and does not offer full Cowboys TV replays.
N. QLD Cowboys on Live TV
If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV.
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So if you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox League you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers Rugby fans an opportunity to watch the NRL Cowboys live online with compatible internet connected devices.
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North Queensland Rivalries and Derbies
The Cowboys rivalry with the Brisbane Broncos is one steeped in history. Kicking off in 1995, it is a rivalry based on geography, with the two clubs Queensland’s only representation in the NRL for close to a decade. It stepped up a notch in 2015 when the Cowboys won their first Premiership, defeating their intra-state rivals in one of the most memorable NRL Grand Finals in history. Typically, the Broncos have had the wood over their rivals, winning 32 of the 50 match-ups – more recently, however, it’s been a little closer, the two sides splitting their last 16 games eight apiece.
The Cowboys had little in the way of a rivalry with the Cronulla Sharks up until a few years ago. It started with a elimination final that went in the Sharks favour in 2013, before the Cowboys got their revenge a couple of years later during their Premiership run. 2016 saw the Sharks, who would earn their own maiden Premiership that year, end North Queensland’s hopes of consecutive Grand Final wins in the prelim, before the Cowboys knocked the Sharks out the next year in an elimination final.
Like with the Sharks, North Queensland’s rivalry against the Melbourne Storm is one born out of mutual competitiveness rather than geography. The Storm and North QLD Cowboys have been two of the dominant teams over the past half a decade, and as a result have put on many memorable contests in recent years. The rivalry culminated in a 2017 Grand Final meeting, though unfortunately for the Cowboys, that match was one of the less memorable between the two, the Storm winning 34-6 in a one-sided affair.