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10.45am, Saturday 20 June, GIO Stadium

Referee: Matt Noyen                                  
Touch judges
: Rohan Best, Michael Laverty
Updates: Twitter @nthqldcowboys


Cowboys: 1 Yamba Bowie 2 Gideon Mosby 3 Akeripa Tia Kilifi 4 Conor Carey 5 Scott Schulte 6 Ty Carucci 7 Cooper Bambling 8 Braden Uele 9 Andrew Niemoeller 10 Ross Bella 11 Bill Cullen 12 Temone Power 13 Kieran Quabba (c). Interchange: 14 Kyle Laybutt 15 Jordan Kenworthy 16 David Munro 17 Viliame Kikau 18 Mitchell Dunn 19 Trey Kemp.

Raiders: 1 Chevi Ellis 2 Thomas Cronan 3 Brenko Lee  4 Cameron Booth 5 Jack Hickson 6 Lachlan Lewis 7 Lachlan Croker 8 Brett Solomon 9 Zac Woolford 10 Morgan Boyle 11 Jack Williams 12 Kalani Going 13 Tevita Pangai Junior 14 Dylan McGrath 15 Jordan Aiono-Fatu 16 Daniel Dole 17 Cleveland McGhie 18 Sione Afemui 19 Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai.


The young Cowboys put together arguably their most complete performance of the season last start when they ran roughshod over the Eels 54-6, with Torres Strait product and Cowboys flyer Gideon Mosby racing in four tries to have 19 four-pointers in just 12 games.

Refreshed after the bye weekend, Todd Payten’s team will be looking to continue their consolidation of that all-important top-two position.

The team is equal with the Broncos on points (21 from nine wins, three losses and a draw) but sit in second place on for-and-against.

Penrith lead the National Youth Competition outright on 24 points.

The Cowboys had a slightly different preparation this week, with Payten absent due to his role as the New South Wales under-18 coach for the State of Origin curtain-raiser against Queensland.

The young Maroons won that game 22-18, but Payten would have had mixed emotions as two of his Cowboys players – Bacho Salam and Mitchell Dunn – were playing for Queensland, as were future NYC Cowboys Reuben Cotter and Enari Tuala.

COWBOYS COACH TODD PAYTEN: “We’ve had a good break, followed by a solid extended preparation, now we just have to take that on to the field."

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.