Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
36 hours ago
16-04-2011 07:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium
The Canberra Raiders have now officially hit the skids. Their spine should read - Dugan, Campese, Orford, and Tongue but rather reads.... well... I won't bad mouth these players by naming names but needless to say the boys from our nation's capital are finding out how hard the grind of the NRL really is. Without the leadership and class of these missing stars, it's a near impossible feat to travel to Townsville and beat the in-form Cowboys on a Saturday night.
So, with the open exchanges between two willing forward packs set to be a highlight, the Raiders should fade soon after and this is when Jonathan Thurston and Matt Bowen will continue their resurgence and start the scoreboard ticking over. Look forward to seeing young firebrand Tariq Sims slam himself into the Raiders front rowers but apart from this muscle mashing, it shouldn't be a contest. The Cowboys are fairdinkum and play as such.
|North Queensland Cowboys Canberra Raiders|
|2010||NRL - Round 25||Canberra Stadium||Canberra Raiders||48-4|
|2010||NRL - Round 14||Dairy Farmers Stadium||North Queensland Cowboys||16-8|
|2009||Round 4||Canberra Stadium||Canberra Raiders||23-18|
|2008||Round 25||Dairy Farmers Stadium||North Queensland Cowboys||22-10|
|2007||Round 21||Dairy Farmers Stadium||North Queensland Cowboys||28-22|