Coming disconnected 3 consecutive defeats, the Cowboys volition desperately request a triumph contiguous to support successful interaction with the apical eight.
While their points differential whitethorn beryllium 1 of the worst successful the competition, North Queensland lone beryllium 2 points extracurricular of the apical eight.
Both sides contiguous are missing a fig of stars who are retired with Origin commitments.
The Cowboys volition beryllium without Valentine Holmes, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Francis Molo, portion the Rabbitohs are missing 5 faces in, Cameron Murray, Jai Arrow, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook and Latrell Mitchell.
With South Sydney impacted conscionable that small spot other owed to adjacent week's Origin, could this beryllium the clip for North Queensland to backmost to winning ways?
"When we get punched successful the look oregon erstwhile we punch ourselves successful the face, however we grip that hasn't been bully enough," Cowboys manager Todd Payten said earlier this week.
"I would similar to bounds the opportunities we tin springiness to the absorption - and that's shot control, controlling wherever and however we crook the shot over, and past evidently our subject and ruck infringements.
"I cognize our crippled is bully enough, we've seen it successful weeks gone by. If we play the crippled the close mode we're bully capable to triumph matches."
Souths: 1. Blake Taaffe 2. Alex Johnston 3. Braidon Burns 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Benji Marshall 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jaydn Su'A 13. Hame Sele 14. Liam Knight 15. Jacob Host 16. Patrick Mago 17. Peter Mamouzelos 18. Josh Mansour
Cowboys: 1. Daejarn Asi 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Mitchell Dunn 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Heilum Luki 18. Peter Hola