Late Mail - Cowboys trial

Sandor Earl has been promoted to the starting side for our trial against the Cowboys on Saturday night, replacing Josh Addo-Carr who will miss the game for personal reasons.

Prop Christian Welch is out with a virus and will be replaced in the run-on 13 by Tui Kamikamica, while second-rower Joe Stimson has also been withdrawn due to back soreness and will be replaced on the extended interchange bench by Kelma Tuilagi.

A crowd of around 8000 is expected to flock to BB Print Stadium tomorrow night for the sold-out pre-season clash.

Head coach Craig Bellamy said the trial was an opportunity to build on last week's game against the Warriors.

"This is our last trial so hopefully we progress a little on what we did last week," he said.

"(During trial games) we put into practice everything we need to perfect before the season proper.

"We have lost a few players late but we had a fair sized squad so we will cover those guys and hopefully they are good for round one."

Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys

Saturday, 2 March

BB Print Stadium Mackay 

Kick-off at 7.30pm (QLD time)

1. Scott Drinkwater

2. Suliasi Vunivalu

3. Marion Seve

4. Curtis Scott

5. Sandor Earl

6. Cameron Munster

7. Brodie Croft

8. Tui Kamikamica

9. Cameron Smith

10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

11. Felise Kaufusi

12. Kenny Bromwich

13. Dale Finucane

14. Brandon Smith

15. Tom Eisenhuth

16. Kelma Tuilagi

17. Jesse Bromwich

18. Tino Fa’Asuamaleaui

20. Ryan Papenhuyzen

22. Billy Walters

23. Justin Olam

24. Cheyse Blair

25. Patrick Kaufusi