How to watch North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders NRL live and match preview
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has made a stack of changes. Does that spell bad news for the Cowboys?
North Queensland coach Todd Payten has stuck solid with his players, despite a litany of errors in their narrow victory against the Bulldogs last week. The Cowboys will have to be better against the Raiders who will be hurting after losing at home to Parramatta.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has made a heap of changes, with some forced through injuries, but most on form. Expect a fired-up Raiders in Townsville with players clearly on notice. You wouldn't have thought it after the opening fortnight, but a Cowboys win against the Raiders would see the sides on equal points.
Cowboys vs Raiders kick-off time
The Cowboys will host their southern rivals Canberra from 7:35pm AEST on Saturday 24 April at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
How to watch Cowboys vs Raiders live and free
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Cowboys vs Raiders match preview
We weren't kidding when we said Ricky Stuart has made several changes. Josh Hodgson (calf) and winger Bailey Simonsson (concussion) were forced out through injury.
Stuart has dropped Josh Papalii to the bench and axed Joseph Tapine and Iosia Soliola from the top 17. Corey Harawira-Naera and Corey Horsburgh are back in first grade after their separate drink-driving incidents.
The Raiders no doubt will have worked hard on their defence at training this week after conceding 11 tries in their past 2 matches. They have been outscored 35-4 in the second half of those games so fatigue may possibly be playing a role in that.
However, we're expecting a strong response from the Raiders after Stuart put his players on notice. We'd be very surprised to see the Cowboys and Raiders still tied on missed tackles per game after this round.
The Cowboys are worst in the NRL for errors (85) and ineffective tackles (129). But interestingly, the Raiders aren't that much better with 74 errors and 109 ineffective tackles. We'll tip the Raiders to win by 16 points against a Cowboys side still missing powerhouse forward Jason Taumalolo.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders team lists
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ben Hampton 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Ben Condon 13. Lachlan Burr 14. Jake Granville 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Francis Molo 17. Corey Jensen 18. Esan Marsters 19. Peter Hola 20. Jake Clifford 21. Tom Gilbert
Raiders: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Sebastian Kris 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Ryan James 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Siliva Havili 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Josh Papali'i 18. Matthew Timoko 19. Iosia Soliola 20. Matt Frawley 21. Joseph Tapine
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