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CANBERRA RAIDERS NYC v NORTH QUEENSLAND TOYOTA COWBOYS NYC
4.30pm, Saturday 9 July, Workers Arena, Goulburn

Referee: Chris Treneman
Touch judges
: Martin Jones, Adam Reid

TEAMS

Cowboys: 1 Jesse Pomare-Anderson, 2 Michael Carroll, 3 Bacho Salam, 4 Cody Maughan, 5 Kurt Wiltshire, 6 Ty Carucci, 7 Jacob Bourke, 8 Nick Lui Toso, 9 Brandon Smith (c), 10 Ross Bella, 11 Emry Pere, 12 Hiale Roycroft, 13 Tahanui Tutavake. Interchange: 14 Trey Kemp, 15 Rhein Frank, 16 Corey Horsburgh, 17 Kaleb Fuimaono.

Raiders: 1 Thomas Cronan, 2 Harry Van Dartel, 3 Sebastian Kris, 4 Nick Cotric, 5 Jack Hickson, 6 Zeik Foster, 7 Logan Spaander, 8 Zac Masters, 9 Zac Woolford, 10 William Samuel, 11 Jack Williams, 12 Jack Murchie, 13 Jarred Tuite. Interchange: 14 Bailey Hartwig, 15 Daniel Dole, 16 Emry Guler, 17 Fabien Paletua-Kiri, 18 Sione Afemui.

MATCH FACTS

  • The young Cowboys have lost only four games this year, but two of those losses have been to the 15th-placed Rabbitohs, who last weekend turned in a game of the season to down the second-placed Cowboys. The 26-18 result snapped a two-month unbeaten run for Aaron Payne’s young charges.

  • Still, the side remains in line for a top-four finish to the regular season, and the young NQ side currently have 25 competition points, five points adrift of National Youth Competition front-runners Penrith and one point clear of Parramatta in third.

  • Injury and representative selection have tested the Cowboys under-20s this weekend like never before this season. Four players – Cooper Bambling, Marcus Jensen, Darryn Schonig and Gideon Gela-Mosby – were selected in the Queensland under-20s team to play the Blues in Wednesday night’s curtain-raiser. A fifth player, centre Bacho Salam, was brought into that side late, but his replacement for tomorrow’s NYC match v Canberra has not yet been named.

  • Regular captain Coen Hess will also be missing after being called up for NRL duty for the second time this year.

  • The young Raiders are currently in 11th place with nine wins from 16 games, and are last-start winners with a 34-24 triumph over the Knights in Round 17.

  • Stand-in skipper Brandon Smith will again look to lead from the front, the tough-as-teak hooker leading the competition in dummy-half runs with 89 this year.

COACH AARON PAYNE: “We’re down on troops coming off a bad loss … everyone needs to be accountable this weekend and we need to be better everywhere.”

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.

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