NRL Previews - Cowboys v Raiders (Round 6)

16-04-2011 07:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium

Referees: Gavin Badger and Steve Lyons
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and David Munro
Video Referee: Bernard Sutton

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.

My Tip: Cowboys 36-18

The Teams

  North Queensland Cowboys               Canberra Raiders 
J. Tamou
G. Cooper

M. Bani
D. Hogan
S. Gallant
B. Tate
1. Matt BowenFullback1. Blake Ferguson
2. Ashley GrahamWing2. Reece Robinson
3. Antonio WintersteinCentre3. Jarrod Croker
4. Willie TongaCentre4. Joel Thompson
5. Kalifa Fai-Fai LoaWing5. Daniel Vidot
6. Ray ThompsonFive Eighth6. Josh McCrone
7. Johnathan ThurstonHalfback7. Sam Williams
8. Matthew ScottProp8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
9. Aaron PayneHooker9. Glen Buttriss
10. Ashton SimsProp10. David Shillington
11. Scott BoltonSecond Row11. Trevor Thurling
12. Glenn HallSecond Row12. Bronson Harrison
13. Dallas JohnsonLock13. Shaun Fensom
14. James SegeyaroInterchange14. Travis Waddell
15. Leeson Ah MauInterchange15. Josh Miller
16. Tariq SimsInterchange16. Danny Galea
17. Ricky ThorbyInterchange17. Brett White
No Suspensions

J. Picker
A. Tongue
M. Orford
T. Campese
J. Dugan
D. Tilse

Head to Head

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

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