The North Queensland Cowboys, who play their home games at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville, enter 2020 on the back of another disappointing season. After a Grand Final appearance in 2017 they have struggled, and last year finished in 14th place – their worst finish since 2010.
The Cowboys head into 2020, the 26th season in the club’s history, hoping to turn things around with a return to finals action. Led by captain Michael Morgan and with boom recruit Valentine Holmes set to start at fullback they appear certain to improve, and you can enjoy all the Cowboys action live at home on your TV, or when streaming matches to a mobile device.
North Queensland Cowboys TV Preview
The North Queensland Cowboys were founded in 1995, and first entered the NRL in 1998. After a difficult start to their NRL life, which saw them fail to finish higher than 11th in their first six seasons, the Cowboys gradually developed into a consistently competitive outfit, and between 2011 and 2017 they appeared in the finals on seven consecutive occasions. This stretch included their inaugural Premiership in 2015, while they also appeared in the Grand Final two years later.
As a result of this success, the Cowboys’ drop-off in 2018 came as a surprise to many. Despite the loss of Johnathon Thurston, there were plenty expecting them to rebound in 2019, but instead they fell even further and endured their worst season in close to a decade. Heading into 2020, however, they have reason to believe they are capable of a return to finals action. Ably led by Michael Morgan, they have added a couple of big names in the last twelve months, and it would be a surprise to see them wallowing in the lower reaches of the NRL ladder for a third consecutive year. It’s a big year for the boys from up north, and you won’t miss a key moment when watching the Cowboys live online.
NRL Cowboys LIVE TV (Sydney time)
|Saturday 22 February||NRL Trial: Cowboys v Broncos||LIVE: 7.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 29 February||NRL Trial: Storm v Cowboys||LIVE: 5.30pm||NRL.com|
|Friday 13 March||Cowboys v Broncos||LIVE: 8.05pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thursday 19 March||Bulldogs v Cowboys||LIVE: 8.05pm||Nine / Foxtel / Kayo|
|Saturday 28 March||Cowboys v Eels||LIVE: 7.35pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Friday 3 April||Knights v Cowboys||LIVE: 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.
Watch NRL Live Online
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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Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these same NRL broadcasts as Fox League, and can stream the Cowboys free and Live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo also have a split-view feature so you can watch up to four Live events at the same time.
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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 34 of the 52 match-ups – more recently, however, it’s been a little closer, with the Cowboys having won 16 of the last 34 games between the two.
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 least memorable between the two, the Storm winning 34-6 in a one-sided affair.