The opening 20 minutes of the match was a poor affair with both sides having terrible ball control with more passes being dropped than what was being caught.
The Cowboys were the better of the two sides in the opening 20 minutes with the opening points coming through Ethan Lowe who barged his way over.
Soon after, the Raiders began to get their ball control secure with Jack Wighton taking advantage and scoring out wide. The Raiders then extended their lead with a try to Paul Vaughan who barged his way through and reached out at full stretch to plant the ball on the line.
The Raiders took a 12 point lead to the break but that lead didn't last long into the second half with Curtis Rona getting the luck of a perfect camera angle for the Video Referees to award him the try after onfield referee Jared Maxwell ruled a No Try.
From there, points ran on tap for the Raiders with tries coming to Reece Robinson and then in the last 5 minutes, tries came to Jarrod Croker who leapt magnificently to score and then a 100m effort to Anthony Milford.
The Cowboys will welcome back their origin stars for a tough clash against the Melbourne Storm next Saturday night in Townsville whilst it gets harder again for the Raiders with a clash up against the defending premiers, the Sydney Roosters.
Canberra Raiders 42 North Queensland Cowboys 12
Venue: GIO Stadium
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 18 North Queensland Cowboys 6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jarrod Croker
2 points - Terry Campese
1 point - Ethan Lowe
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
LATE MAIL | Just cosmetic changes for each side, the hosts lose Matt McIlwrick off the extended bench meaning Shannon Boyd gets his chance in jersey #18. For the visiting Cowboys, Asiata and Hoare drop off the bench, with just one additional change seeing Jason Taumalolo drop to the bench and Glenn Hall to start in the second row. Kickoff 3:00pm AEST.
Kick Off not too far away at Canberra Stadium in front of a smallish crowd in the nations capital
The Green Machine playing over the loudspeakers in Canberra may lead to some false advertising as they are in a special gold jersey
1: Play underway down at GIO Stadium
1: PENALTY COWBOYS - Takes just 35 seconds for Gerard Sutton to extend his arm against the Raiders, Cowboys find touch on halfway
4: For a second Gerard Sutton ruled a Canberra knock-on but gets a tip and it ends up being a turnover for the Raiders
5: PENALTY RAIDERS -Raiders get their first penalty for a high tackle
5: PENALTY RAIDERS - Curtis Rona penalised for slowing down the play the ball on the 4th tackle, 10m out from his own line
7: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jack Wighton makes an unforced error.
Canberra create a 3 on 2 overlap but just like last week they spill the ball
10: Robert Lui goes high and for a moment, the Cowboys look like they could score but without JT the last tackle option doesn't fire
12: PENALTY RAIDERS - Raiders get their third penalty for Cowboys being offside
15: Some good work from Michael Morgan sees him evade a tackle but then nothing happens
18: PENALTY COWBOYS - A Poor tactic from the Cowboys sees them put a kick in, its lost by the Raiders and then they are penalised for being offside
21: Some bad defence sees Michael Morgan find a little bit of space but nothing comes from it
23: PENALTY RAIDERS - Gerard Sutton not happy with the speed the Cowboys are leaving the ruck and he penalises them for it
28: Canberra starting to hold the ball and make some good metres in attack
30: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Paul Vaughan makes an unforced error.
Well that's another one - the Raiders put down another pass
30: Huge play from Shaun Fensom to charge the kick down and he cleans it up
32: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Paul Vaughan. Kick to come.
Paul Vaughan puts the head down and forces his way through and stretches out like a swimmer for the wall to plant the ball down on the line off a great offload from Dane Tilse
35: Raiders now looking the goods - making good metres in attack
36: PENALTY RAIDERS - Robert Lui penalised for having a hand on the ball
37: PENALTY RAIDERS - Back to back penalties for them, Jason Taumalolo the man penalised for being offside
37: Tariq Sims puts a Raiders player on his head and gets put ON REPORT
37: Cowboys are on the ropes and Canberra decide to let them off with the decision to go for the 2 points
39: Raiders create some space but end up throwing the ball straight to Robert Lui
40: Well after a very monotonous first 20 minutes of the match - the match picked up in the second 20 with the Raiders taking a half time lead
40: Both sides back on the field at GIO Stadium in the nations capital
41: Gerard Sutton calls time on for the second 40 - Raiders with the first set of six
42: VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Cowboys TRY - Jared Maxwell says NO TRY
46: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrad Kennedy. Kick to come.
Well that was from nothing - Terry Campese throws a dummy and goes straight through before passing it to Jarrad Kennedy over in the corner
48: Jarrod Croker takes a magnificent take in the air before being forced back into his own ingoal after great Cowboys defence
50: Josh McCrone goes across field with the kick but it goes out on the full
52: Anthony Milford takes the Cowboys kick but then gets pushed right back into his own ingoal
53: VIDEO REFEREE - Gerard Sutton wants to send this upstairs - NO TRY is the call - checking the restart and a possible grounding
54: NO TRY is the call from the Video Referees
55: PENALTY RAIDERS - Cowboys penalised for being offside after an offload was ruled to be touched
65: Well that was an understandably bad kick there from the Raiders, David Shillington was the man who kicked the ball
67: Mitch Cornish is finally on the field for his NRL debut after the debacle in 2013, and gets a good early kick away
67: PENALTY COWBOYS - Jarrad Kennedy penalised for having his hand on the ball
70: UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Matthew Wright makes an unforced error.
Another mistake from the Cowboys, gives the Raiders another set of six on the Cowboys line
72: A good kick from the Cowboys traps Anthony Milford in goal
79: Looks like we just saw Ricky Stuart smile - one of the weirdest sights in NRL
80: FULL TIME at GIO Stadium - The Canberra Raiders have scored a 42-12 victory over the Nth Qld CowboysLike