NRL finals 2022 LIVE updates: North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels results, scores, kick-off time, draw, odds, tips, tickets

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Took a bit of dive on Jason Taumalolo’s evolution under Todd Payten this week and the ball-playing make-over that has made North Queensland’s co-captain even more dangerous.

For the full story and a pregame CLICK HERE

Taumalolo’s reinvention has given us beauties like this one below:

Picture perfect: The evolution of Jason Taumalolo’s passing game.Credit:NRL.com

And yet Taumalolo’s still churning out these stupendous numbers like days of yore when he needs to, such as the last start 93-minute against Cronulla:

No Tom Opacic for Parra – he’s succumbed to a hamstring issue picked up last week against Canberra – and is replaced out wide by Bailey Simonsson. As has been customary of late, Marata Niukore starts at lock with Ryan Matterson reverting to the bench.

North Queensland are 1-17 as named, no changes from the team that downed Cronulla in week one.

Bailey Simonsson comes into the Parramatta starting side.

Bailey Simonsson comes into the Parramatta starting side.Credit:Getty

Evening sports fans,

Welcome to our coverage of the first NRL grand final qualifier, Cowboys hosting the Eels in Townsville at a sold-out Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Christian Nicolussi is our man on the ground up north, Dan Walsh here in the chair. Let’s go.

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