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The North Queensland Cowboys are on the hunt for their first win under new coach Josh Hannay, but standing in their way are the red-hot Canberra Raiders. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:30pm (AEST).
The Cowboys were tenacious, but they were denied by Manly last Friday night, going down 24-12 to slump to 3-8 on the year. It was hardly a disaster, but with caretaker coach Hannay making his designs on the top job public, he’d want to start putting up the points soon.
As for Canberra, they’ve put together two potentially season-defining wins over the last fortnight, knocking off the Roosters and Rabbitohs to go from being dead and buried to potentially a genuine premiership contender again. They may sit fifth currently, but they absolutely cannot afford a slip-up here.
These sides split their two meetings last season, with the Raiders getting up 30-12 in Townsville, before the Cowboys got revenge in the nation’s capital by a score of 22-16. The last six meetings have been split three apiece.
Kick-off: 5:30pm (AEST)
Venue: QCB Stadium, Townsville
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O’Neill, 4. Connelly Lemeulu, 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
Bench/Reserves: 14. Mitchell Dunn, 15. Tom Gilbert, 16. Gavin Cooper, 17. Francis Molo, 18. John Asiata, 19. Ben Hampton, 20. Esan Marsters, 21. Jake Granville
1. Jordan Rapana, 2. Semi Valemei, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Nick Cotric, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. John Bateman, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Hudson Young
Bench/Reserves: 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