Round 1 Key Match-Ups

Paul Gallen v Jason Taumalolo

These two beasts will be looking to start 2018 off with a bang.

Whichever can lay a platform for their halves to operate on will go a long way to helping their team secure the two points.

They'll both be looking to get their side into good field position, always leading from the front.

Arguably the two best metre-eaters in the game.

Chad Townsend v Johnathan Thurston

Chad will be shouldering a bit more responsibility this season, and he will be hoping that all of his hard work with new halves partner Moylan during pre-season will pay off in Round 1.

Townsend and Moylan will undoubtedly turn the Sharks backline in to a points scoring machine in 2018, it's just a question of when it will click.

JT on the other hand plays his 300th NRL match tonight, and he knows his side inside out.

After a long lay off due to injury he will need to hit the ground running if the Cowboys are to get over the Sharks.

It's big test first up for Chad against a hostile crowd but he's handled the pressure before.

Sione Katoa v Antonio Winterstein

The NRL debutant versus the seasoned pro with over 150 games under his belt.

A lot has already been said about Sione's immense potential and he will be out to show what he's made of from the get go when he lines up opposite Winterstein tonight.

One an international representative, one no doubt a future star of the game. Who will be on the end of the points when they come?