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Round 11 of the NRL season continues this Saturday afternoon as the Canberra Raiders host the North Queensland Cowboys at GIO Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 3pm AEST.
An understrength Raiders outfit showed the NRL last weekend that they are a legitimate contender for the premiership this year, despite a narrow loss to the Rabbits.
Young forwards Hudson Young and Corey Horsburgh, alongside their more experienced teammates, really took it to the South Sydney pack, unsettling the Burgess brothers along the way. In the end, only some Cody Walker magic proved the difference.
There is only one change for the Raiders with Joe Tapine returning from injury. Sebastian Kris is the unlucky one to drop out of the 17.
The Cowboys returned to the winner’s circle last weekend with a 17-10 win over a struggling Parramatta Eels.
Whilst a question mark has to apply over just how good that win was, the Cowboys are a different team with Jason Taumalolo on board. Matt Scott and Jordan McLean were also standouts, doing their Origin claims no harm.
With Ben Hampton on the sidelines for an extended period, Gideon Gela-Mosby will start on the wing. Josh McGuire has been named as a reserve and will be monitored through the week.
Despite the Cowboys win last weekend, they are not playing at the level of the Raiders.
My only concern is how the Raiders will back physically and mentally from the Rabbits epic last Saturday night.
However, in front of a home crowd, Ricky Stuart will have his side primed to bounce back and I’m predicting a comfortable Canberra win.
Canberra Raiders by 14
When: 3pm AEST
Where: GIO Stadium
TV: Fox League
Online: NRL Live, Foxtel app or Foxtel now
Betting: Canberra Raiders $1.43, North Queensland Cowboys $2.85
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Nick Cotric 5. Michael Oldfield 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Corey Horsburgh
North Queensland Cowboys
1. Jordan Kahu 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Tom Opacic 5. Gideon Gela-Mosby 6. John Asiata 7. Michael Morgan 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo