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North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Green Machine to push top four

  • The North Queensland Cowboys host the Canberra Raiders in Townsville on Saturday 
  • Kick off is scheduled for 8.30am BST
  • After back-to-back wins over the Roosters & Rabbitohs, are the Raiders the real deal in 2020?
  • Can the Cowboys show any resistance at home under interim coach Josh Hannay?
Josh Papalii
The Green Machine is rolling (Getty)

In-form Canberra Raiders roll into Townsville this Saturday to tackle with North Queensland Cowboys with the Green Machine bidding for a third straight win.

Canberra have recorded wins in consecutive weeks over the Roosters and the Rabbitohs. The Cowboys are out of the finals picture and are simply playing for pride, even at this stage of the season.

North Queensland Cowboys Form & Team News

Under interim coach Josh Hannay, the Cowboys made significant improvement last week but still went down by a double figure margin to Manly Sea Eagles. The loss leaves them already three wins away from eighth position with a mountain of work to make up in the points differential.

Connelly Lemuelu returns, pushing Mitch Dunn to the bench. Jordan McLean is back at prop with Francis Molo returning to the interchange.

The North Queensland Cowboys team for Saturday can be found below:

1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 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 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Francis Molo 18. John Asiata 19. Ben Hampton 20. Esan Marsters 21. Jake Granville

Canberra Raiders Form & Team News

The Raiders have endured a horror run with injuries lately but back-to-back wins against the Roosters and Rabbtiohs would have coach Ricky Stuart believing this team has what it takes to break into the top four.

Viliame Kikau returns in the back row, with Tyrone May dropping back to the interchange. Matt Burton is out. Api Koroisau is named in the reserves as he pushed to comeback from injury.

The Canberra Raiders team list for Saturday can be found below:

1. Jordan Rapana 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young 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

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders Head To Head

The Raiders hold the advantage over the Cowboys in recent meetings, winning three of the last four matches by an average margin of 14 points.

The Cowboys won the last time these teams met, winning by 6 points at GIO Stadium.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders Odds

Canberra are the rock-solid 1.35 favourites heading into Saturday with North Queensland the 3.25 outsiders.

The Cowboys get a +8.5 head start on the Raiders.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders Match Up

Reece Robson and Tom Starling is the key match up on Saturday. The Cowboys hooker has been a bright spot in a disappointing season, establishing himself as a reliable customer with a dangerous running game. Meanwhile, Starling has done a great job since coming into the team for the injured Josh Hodgson, providing spark and defensive resilience.

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders Key Stats

  • 15 of Canberra's last 18 matches have gone under the total match points line
  • North Queensland has lost their last 6 night matches
  • Josh Papalii has scored a try in three of his last four appearances in the starting line-up

North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders FAQ

What time does North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders kick off?

The Cowboys vs Raiders is scheduled to kick off from 08.30am BST.

Where is the Cowboys vs Raiders game taking place?

The Cowboys vs Raiders contest is at Country Bank Stadium, which is located in Townsville.

Can I watch a live stream of the North Queensland Cowboys vs Canberra Raiders game?

Visit the live streaming page for all the information on how you can live stream the Cowboys vs Raiders match.



Canberra is one of the best bets of the weekend against North Queensland.

We're also backing Josh Papalii to score to be among the Raiders tryscorers.

Best Bet: Canberra Raiders To Win @-285.71 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Value Bet: Josh Papalii Anytime Try Scorer @+350 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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16 March 2021