The Cowboys are riding a five-game winning streak and will relish the opportunity to make a statement against one of the heavyweights of the competition on Saturday night.
With Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden clicking in the halves, Murray Taulagi and Val Holmes on fire out wide, and Reuben Cotter playing out of his skin up front, North Queensland look every bit a premiership contender - a remarkable turnaround for a side that finished 15th in 2021.
The Storm did it tough without Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes against the Panthers but Craig Bellamy's men rarely put two below-par performances back-to-back so Todd Payten's men need to be on high alert.
The 'house full' sign is expected to be posted at Queensland Country Stadium as the Townsville faithful get behind their team's bid to make it six in a row and catapult a number of their stars into the Maroons team for Origin One.
Sportsbet Betting preview: Cowboys v Storm
Cowboys: Coen Hess has come into the starting side an hour before kick-off with Reuben Cotter shifting to the bench. Connelly Lemuelu is 18th man. The Cowboys can stake their claim as a genuine premiership threat if they can extend their winning run to six games in a row with victory over the Storm.
Storm: Craig Bellamy has shuffled his backline on game day with Harry Grant moving to halfback and Nick Meaney to fullback and Tyran Wishart to the bench. Tui Kamikamica will start at prop for the injured Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Brandon Smith goes to hooker. Chris Lewis has joined the bench.
Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott DrinkwaterFullback for Storm is number 2 Nick Meaney
Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle FeldtWinger for Storm is number 5 Xavier Coates
Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine HolmesCentre for Storm is number 3 Marion Seve
Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta HikuCentre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray TaulagiWinger for Storm is number 15 Dean Ieremia
Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom DeardenFive-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Storm is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLeanProp for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece RobsonHooker for Storm is number 10 Brandon Smith
Prop for Cowboys is number 16 Coen HessProp for Storm is number 17 Tui Kamikamica
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason TaumaloloLock for Storm is number 13 Josh King
Interchange for Cowboys is number 10 Reuben CotterInterchange for Storm is number 1 Tyran Wishart
Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Hamiso Tabuai-FidowInterchange for Storm is number 14 Alec MacDonald
Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Heilum LukiInterchange for Storm is number 16 Trent Loiero
Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin NeameInterchange for Storm is number 18 Chris Lewis
Replacement for Cowboys is number 20 Connelly LemueluReplacement for Storm is number 21 Jordan Grant
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee
Tom Dearden v Cameron Munster: The Cowboys No.6 has grown in confidence with each passing week and is loving life in the halves alongside the ice cool Chad Townsend. With the veteran controlling the tempo, Dearden has been free to play what he sees and the results have been stunning for the Cowboys. Munster has been out of this world in a couple of the Storm's big wins, most notably against the Warriors on ANZAC Day where he had three try assists and seven tackle breaks, and round nine against the Dragons when he busted the line three times and had six tackle breaks.
Since these sides met in the 2017 grand final they have clashed on six occasions with the Storm winning all six. The average winning margin across the six games has been eight points.
Match: Cowboys v Storm
Round 11 -
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville