Canberra Raiders vs North Queensland Cowboys NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Raiders aiming for fourth straight win over Cowboys

Andrew Hendrie 23 May 2019
  • Canberra Raiders host North Queensland Cowboys in Round 11 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Raiders have won the last three games between the teams
Raiders face Cowboys on Saturday (PA Images)

Canberra Raiders target a fourth straight win over North Queensland Cowboys when the two sides clash in NRL Round 11 action on Saturday.

Raiders vs Cowboys kicks off at 3.00pm AEST at GIO Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


After two tight defeats against top four opposition, the Raiders attempt to return to the winners circle when they host the Cowboys on Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital.

Canberra gave a good account of themselves against the competition’s benchmark teams in Souths and the Roosters over the last fortnight, losing both games by four points.

Ricky Stuart’s side even had a chance to win both encounters in the dying stages when they were attacking in the final third, but they ultimately couldn’t land the final blow. Nevertheless, the Raiders have proven they are playing like a top four side over the first 10 rounds, but now the challenge is maintaining that level for the remainder of the season.

Stuart has made one change for this contest, with Joe Tapine returning from injury in place of Sebastian Kris.

Meanwhile, after a poor start to the season, North Queensland are starting to find some groove, coming into this showdown on the back of three wins from their last five matches.

However, only one of those wins were against top eight opposition - and that was last week when they took out the Eels by a 17-10 scoreline. Their other triumphs came against the lowly Titans and Warriors, so this is certainly a big step up in class.

Gideon Gela-Mosby will start on the wing in place of injured Ben Hampton in the only change to last week’s winning team.

Canberra have won the last three encounters between the teams, and they should be able to make it four on Saturday. They are operating at a much higher level, and at home, they will have too much firepower for a Cowboys side that has still yet to prove themselves against elite opposition.

Match Odds


Canberra Raiders - $1.45
North Queensland Cowboys - $2.70

Stats


  • Raiders have won the last three meetings between the teams
  • Their last two wins were by a 13+ margin
  • Canberra have scored 30+ points in their last two victories over Cowboys

Teams


Raiders team: 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 14. Siliva Havili 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Aidan Sezer 19. Emre Guler 20. Sebastian Kris 21. Royce Hunt

Cowboys team: 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 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Mitchell Dunn 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo 18. Corey Jensen 19. Shane Wright 20. Josh McGuire 21. Jake Clifford

Tips


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