The Green Machine rolls into Townsville this Saturday as the Raiders face off against the Cowboys.
Canberra is in red-hot form after recording wins in consecutive weeks over the Roosters and the Rabbitohs. The Cowboys are out of the finals picture and are simply playing for pride, even at this stage of the season.
Cowboys Form & Team News
Under interim coach Josh Hannay the Cowboys made significant improvement last week but still went down by a double figure margin to Manly on Friday night. The loss leaves them already three wins away from eighth position with a mountain of work to make up in the points differential.
Connelly Lemuelu returns, pushing Mitch Dunn to the bench. Jordan McLean is back at prop with Francis Molo returning to the interchange.
The North Queensland Cowboys team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh Mcguire 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Francis Molo 18. John Asiata 19. Ben Hampton 20. Esan Marsters 21. Jake Granville
Raiders Form & Team News
The Raiders have endured a horror run with injuries lately but back-to-back wins against the Roosters and Rabbtiohs would have coach Ricky Stuart believing this team has what it takes to break into the top-four.
Viliame Kikau returns in the back row, with Tyrone May dropping back to the interchange. Matt Burton is out. Api Koroisau is named in the reserves as he pushed to comeback from injury.
The Canberra Raiders team list for Saturday can be found below:
1. Jordan Rapana 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Harawira-Naera 18. Sam Williams 19. Harley Smith-Shields 20. Kai O'Donnell 21. Matt Frawley
Cowboys vs Raiders Head To Head
The Raiders hold the advantage over the Cowboys in recent meetings, winning three of the last four matches by an average margin of 14 points.
The Cowboys won the last time these teams met, winning by 6 points at GIO Stadium.
Cowboys vs Raiders Betting Odds
Canberra is the rock-solid $1.35 favourite heading into Saturday with North Queensland the $3.25 outsiders.
The Cowboys get a +8.5 head start on the Raiders.
Cowboys vs Raiders Match Up
Reece Robson and Tom Starling is the key match up on Saturday. The Cowboys hooker has been a bright spot in a disappointing season, establishing himself as a reliable customer with a dangerous running game. Meanwhile, Starling has done a great job since coming into the team for the injured Josh Hodgson, providing spark and defensive resilience.
Cowboys vs Raiders Key Stats
- Fifteen of Canberra's last 18 matches have gone under the total match points line
- North Queensland has lost each of its last six night matches
- Josh Papalii has scored a try in three of his last four appearances in the starting line-up