The Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs will host the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium this Thursday night (7-50pm) in what will be a vital fixture.

The Bulldogs head into the fixture after an impressive win over the Raiders in Round nine and while the Cowboys have had an up and down start to the season with a heavy injury toll, hooker Michael Lichaa believes they remain a quality side whether their captain plays or not.

“They’ve got some good players and they’re a good team. They touched us up last year and we’re taking this as a pretty big clash. They have Jason Taumalolo, who’s probably the best forward in the world, so they’ve got some strike power,” said Lichaa. 

The Bulldogs will have a point to prove on Thursday night after going down on two occasions during the 2016 season to the Cowboys.

“They touched us up [last year]. They beat us twice, so we’ve really got to go out there and just play our best, that’s all we can do. We can’t be worrying about who is playing for them or not, because they’re a quality side. We really need to step up this week and just build on our last game against Canberra because I thought we played really well,” added Lichaa.

The Cowboys will be no easy beat for the Bulldogs and it's sure to be another classic encounter when the two sides clash.

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