Matt Bowen of the Cowboys scores a try while team mate Brent Tate celebrates during the round six NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at Dairy Farmers Stadium on April 8, 2012 in Townsville, Australia.
Matt Bowen of the Cowboys scores a try while team mate Brent Tate celebrates during the round six NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at Dairy Farmers Stadium on April 8, 2012 in Townsville, Australia. Ian Hitchcock / Getty Images

Bowen wants his first try of season to be against Broncos

NO-ONE who saw last year's derby between the Broncos and Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium would forget the two-try heroics of Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Celebrating his 30th birthday, Bowen's second try from the scrum base in the 79th minute silenced the army of Broncos supporters in the crowd of more than 43,000.

The diminutive north Queenslander has yet to cross the stripe in season 2013, but yesterday said he would love nothing better than to break his duck against the Broncos at Suncorp on Friday night.

"I can't wait for Friday night. I love playing the Broncos," Bowen said.

"I haven't scored a try this season. I don't want to have to do whatever they do at the end of the season."

Bowen said the team's 30-0 victory against Penrith on Saturday night, after consecutive losses to the Storm, Newcastle and the Warriors, had come just in time for the Broncos clash.

"We've played well against them the last couple of years, but that stands for nothing this weekend," he said.

"The Warriors game, even though we lost, you could tell we were headed in the right direction."

Former Bronco and now Cowboys representative centre Brent Tate will play his 200th NRL game in the derby.

But after the team lost the round three clash against the Knights - which was Johnathan Thurston's 200th game and Ashley Graham's 150th - Tate said he was, "Happy to talk about it after the game, but not too much before it".

The Cowboys are sweating on the fitness of Graham who faces a test later in the week after missing the past two matches with a rib injury.

Halfback Robert Lui will definitely be out after dislocating his kneecap against the Panthers, while potential replacement Ray Thompson faces a fitness test after missing the past three weeks with an ankle sprain.

Brisbane also turned around its form last weekend, beating the Titans 32-12 after losses to the Roosters and Storm.

Broncos skipper Sam Thaiday will return for the clash after missing the Titans match due to suspension.



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