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Live: Cowboys vs Raiders


Chris Wilson

The latest news out of the Raiders sheds is that it may be ankle ligament damage to Josh Dugan, perhaps not a fracture. But it's hard to put a positive spin on Canberra's performance tonight. The Raiders made 15 handling errors and the Cowboys made them pay for their lack of respect for possession The Cowboys raced in seven tries in front of a home crowd of 14344 and are now sitting pretty in the top four. Matty Bowen put his hand up for a Maroons recall if Billy Slater isn't fit for the Origin decider. The little fullback is just so creative in attack for the Cowboys. Canberra's season is in freefall, especially with a mounting injury toll. Joel Thompson broke his left hand, while Trevor Thurling injured his shoulder. Thanks for joining us, catch you next game.

FULLTIME: Cowboys win 40-18. We'll bring you a summary soon.

79min: Yep it could get worse for the Raiders. Scott Bolton has just crossed for North Queensland's seventh try. You could throw the conversion over from here, so Matt Bowen steps up to kick. He converts. Cowboys lead 40-18.

77min: Sorry, we've just had some technical trouble. And the Raiders are in deep trouble. Star Josh Dugan has just been taken from the field on a medicab with a suspected broken ankle. He was in possession and his ankle appeared to get trapped under Cowboys forward Gavin Cooper. Could this season get any worse for the Raiders!

The Cowboys have found Edrick Lee's weakness. That's the fourth bomb sent his way that the lanky winger has missed.

75min: We're still here. This game has finally become a bit of an arm-wrestle. 

66min: For the second time tonight, David Shillington drops the ball soon after a Raiders try. Matt Bowen knocks on too with the Cowboys on the attack, letting the Raiders off the hook.

64min: Young hooker Matt McIlwrick is giving the Raiders a little more venom around the ruck. Blake Ferguson slams down the ball for a try, running on to an offload from Josh Papalii. Croker converts, but you'd have to be an optimist to think the Raiders are back in this one. Cowboys lead 34-18.

62min: There's a new error for the Raiders ... Dugan fails to find touch from a penalty.

58min: That's the second penalty against the Cowboys in possession for infringements in the play-the-ball. It's the one stat that looks good for the Raiders.

54min: There is absolutely no structure to the attack at all, but Josh Dugan goes solo to break through and score for the Raiders. Croker converts. Cowboys lead 34-12.

Josh McCrone has remonstrated with the referees, trying to explain that he's the captain while David Shillington is off the field. I can excuse the refs for thinking the Raiders are rudderless.

51min: James Tamou is officially the meanest bloke I've ever seen in a pink jumper and pink boots.

49min: Kane Linnett has gone in for the Cowboys. They're checking for a possible obstruction, but it looks sweet and just a bad read in defence down the left by the Raiders. It's official, a try to Linnett - again the final pass from Bowen. Thurston finally misses. Cowboys lead 34-6. 

47min: A more promising start the the second half for the Raiders has just come undone. A dropped balled by Reece Robinson, followed by back-to-back penalties.

More bad news for Raiders fans on the injury front. Backrower Joel Thompson won't be back, he has a broken left hand.

Second half is underway and a decent set from the Raiders to start.

HALFTIME: Cowboys lead 30-6. The Raiders could have felt a little hard done by when Ashley Graham was awarded the first try for the Cowboys because it looked as though the North Queensland winger may have lost contact with the ball. But the Cowboys have trampled the Raiders in every facet of the game since. The Cowboys have had 60 per cent of possession and the Raiders have gifted them too many penalties and have made far too many errors. Canberra has completed only 6 of their 14 sets, compared to 15 of 22 sets to the Cowboys. If Bily Slater is unavailable for the Origin decider, then Matty Bowen is certainly putting his hand up to become the replacement.

40min: Yep, I called it. There's the try. Cowboys halfback Ray Thompson sells a dummy to Croker and Joel Thompson, strolling through untouched for a try. Thurston converts. Cowboys lead 30-6.

38min: Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne charges down a Josh Dugan kick and sprints 85m, to be dragged down just 5m short. The try might come in this next repeat set though.

36min: That's a rare let off for the Raiders. The Cowboys drop the ball first play from a scrum, just 10m from the tryline.

33min: Matty Bowen kicks out on the full, but the Raiders can't capitalise. Josh McCrone grubbers the final play over the deadball line, and then Canberra give away their fifth penalty of the match.

30min: Prop Glenn Hall is a try-scoring machine, that's his second! He barges over one pass off the ruck. This could get messy for the Raiders if they don't start respecting the ball. Thurston converts. Cowboys lead 24-6.

28min: That's the third time the Cowboys have bombed in the direction of Edrick Lee and the young fella hasn't gone close to catching one. Another repeat set to the Cowboys.

26min: The Raiders have a chance to attack after Cowboys centre Kane Linnett drops it 20m out from his line. But Canberra blows it, fumbling again.

24mins: The Raiders have completed three of their seven sets. It's all Cowboys.

They were underdogs to start, but the Raiders have just blown out to $9 to win this one.

20min: That appears to be an unlucky call on Raiders fullback Reece Robinson. He appeared to have made it out of his own in-goal and stayed in the field of play, only for a second-effort tackle to take him over the sideline. The Cowboys are riding their luck, however, winger Antonion Winterstein scoring from the next set. Matty Bowen delivered the final pass and is having a ripper so far. Thurston converts and Cowboys lead 18-6. 

17min: Jarrod Crocker lunges at a grubber kick from Josh McCrone, but he grounds it over the deadball line. No try for the Raiders.

16min: Graham penalised for walking off the mark. That's a change in momentum. Raiders on the attack.

The Raiders better fix up their discipline or the refs will need to replace the peas in their whistles.

11min: Not much defence in this game so far, especially when it comes to Canberra's infamous left-edge. Cowboys prop Glenn Hall barges over to extend the home team's lead. Thurston grunts with disgust as he hits his kick, but it splits the posts. Cowboys lead 12-6.

9min: Dugan doesn't get away with this long kick-off. Out on the full and the Cowboys are on the attack again.

7min: Raiders skipper David Shillington is crunched from the restart, dropping the ball. The Cowboys capitalise from the next set, winger Ashley Graham running on to a long ball from Matt Bowen to dive across in the corner. It's referred to the video referee, with doubt over whether Graham dropped the ball. The benefit of the doubt ruling seems dubious to me. Thurston converts. It's 6-6.

4min: That's a better last-play option by the Raiders, running the ball again. A long cut-out pass from Dugan gives Jarrod Croker early ball, who twirls around Brent Tate and slam-dunks the ball over the tryline out wide. Croker converts his own try from the sideline. Raiders lead 6-0

2min: Poor last play option by the Raiders, centre Blake Ferguson tackled and forced to hand it over to the Cowboys.

Deep kick-off from Josh Dugan and Jonathan Thurston knocks it over the deadball line. Perfect start for Raiders.

The Cowboys are now out on the field and in a tight circle, with the entire ground taking a minute's silence to honour Matt Scott's mum.

Cmon Cowboys, the Raiders are out on the field waiting. Let's get this started!

There's been one change to each side prior to kick-off in this match. It's fitting the Cowboys will be decked out in pink tonight for the Women in League week, given Cowboys prop and co-captain Matt Scott will miss this game to mourn the death of his mother, Dianne. Scott has been replaced in the starting team by Ricky Thorby. The Raiders have also made one enforced change, given Bronson Harrison was unable to shake-off a niggling injury related to his back and hamstring. Trevor Thurling comes on to the Canberra bench to play his 100th NRL match. 

Preamble: Join Chris Wilson as he takes us through all the action from North Queensland.

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STG 12vs MAN 4 Report Stats
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PEN 22vs MAN 12 Report Stats
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CBR 10vs MEL 14 Report Stats
STG 31vs CBY 6 Report Stats
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CBY 28vs MAN 16 Report Stats
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GCT 32vs PEN 6 Report Stats
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MEL 17vs SYD 16 Report Stats
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CBY 14vs WST 38 Stats
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NEW 24vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12vs STG 14 Report Stats
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BRI 28vs PAR 16 Stats
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PEN 26vs CRO 18 Stats
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SYD 36vs WST 4 Stats
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CBR 56vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23vs CBY 16 Stats
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MAN 30vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10vs MEL 28 Stats
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NQL 31vs BRI 20 Stats
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PAR 13vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16vs SOU 12 Stats
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STG 32vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22vs WST 12 Stats
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SOU 14vs PAR 12 Report Stats
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WST 0vs NQL 8 Stats
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CBR 34vs CBY 41 Stats
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PEN 20vs PAR 26 Stats
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GCT 16vs SOU 22 Report Stats
CBR 12vs BRI 24 Stats
NQL 18vs MAN 14 Report Stats
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NZW 24vs NEW 20 Stats
STG 42vs CRO 6 Stats
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WST 20vs GCT 27 Report Stats
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NEW 22vs CBR 44 Stats
SOU 36vs NZW 4 Stats
PEN 0vs MEL 20 Report Stats
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CRO 10vs SYD 4 Stats
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NZW 21vs SYD 25 Report Stats
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GCT 28vs CBY 14 Stats
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CBR 20vs NQL 21 Report Stats
GCT 14vs NZW 36 Report Stats
CBY 24vs PEN 12 Report Stats
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NEW 28vs CRO 30 Report Stats
MEL 12vs BRI 14 Report Stats
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BRI 44vs NEW 22 Stats
SOU 20vs MAN 8 Report Stats
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NZW 30vs CBR 8 Stats
NQL 18vs CRO 24 Report Stats
PAR 16vs STG 12 Report Stats
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WST 12vs PEN 35 Stats
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PEN 20vs SOU 6 Report Stats
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STG 12vs NQL 18 Report Stats
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MAN 28vs CRO 16 Report Stats
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WST 16vs PAR 28 Stats
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CBR 36vs NEW 22 Stats
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PEN 4vs SYD 24 Stats
CBY 8vs BRI 16 Stats
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NZW 28vs MEL 14 Report Stats
CRO 28vs STG 8 Report Stats
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GCT 6vs MAN 38 Stats
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PAR 4vs CBY 28 Report Stats
MEL 52vs PEN 10 Report Stats
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CBR 20vs CRO 21 Report Stats
NEW 30vs GCT 2 Report Stats
STG 8vs SOU 24 Report Stats
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SYD 24vs NZW 0 Report Stats
BRI 42vs WST 16 Stats
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MAN 12vs NQL 30 Stats
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BRI 34vs GCT 0 Report Stats
WST 8vs SYD 33 Stats
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NZW 12vs MAN 32 Stats
MEL 22vs STG 4 Stats
SOU 52vs NEW 6 Stats
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CBY 16vs CRO 18 Report Stats
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SYD 38vs CBY 28 Report Stats
WST 34vs MEL 16 Report Stats
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NZW 14vs CRO 18 Stats
NQL 32vs CBR 24 Stats
MAN 44vs BRI 14 Stats
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STG 46vs NEW 24 Stats
SOU 20vs PEN 16 Report Stats
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GCT 24vs PAR 14 Stats
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Round 22
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BRI 16vs CBY 18 Report Stats
MAN 28vs SOU 8 Stats
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NZW 0vs STG 36 Stats
CRO 30vs NQL 18 Stats
PAR 10vs PEN 4 Stats
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MEL 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
NEW 22vs SYD 38 Report Stats
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CBR 18vs WST 20 Stats
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Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
NQL 18vs SOU 31 Stats
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BRI 32vs STG 6 Report Stats
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WST 18vs NEW 24 Stats
PEN 24vs NZW 10 Stats
SYD 28vs PAR 18 Stats
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CBR 24vs MAN 26 Stats
CBY 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
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CRO 2vs MEL 30 Stats
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Round 24
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 19vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 40vs WST 18 Report Stats
NZW 16vs NQL 50 Report Stats
SYD 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBR 12 Stats
MAN 16vs PAR 20 Report Stats
Mon, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 6vs NEW 20 Report Stats
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Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs BRI 47 Report Stats
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs SYD 46 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR 28vs CRO 35 Stats
NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
MEL 14vs NQL 6 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 50vs NZW 16 Report Stats
GCT 28vs STG 26 Stats
Mon, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs PEN 18 Stats
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Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs MEL 15 Report Stats
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 30vs SOU 0 Report Stats
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
PEN 30vs NEW 12 Stats
STG 32vs WST 30 Stats
NQL 42vs GCT 12 Stats
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
PAR 24vs CBR 28 Stats
CRO 12vs MAN 14 Stats
CBY 26vs NZW 22 Stats
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SYD 18vs MEL 20 Report Stats
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CBY 11vs STG 10 Report Stats
BRI 16vs NQL 12 Report Stats
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CRO 28vs SOU 12 Report Stats
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SYD 38vs CBY 12 Report Stats
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NQL 39vs CRO 0 Report Stats
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MEL 12vs NQL 32 Stats
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NRL Ladder 2015
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Brisbane Broncos 24 17 7 0 38
North Queensland Cowboys 24 17 7 0 38
Melbourne Storm 24 14 10 0 32
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 10 0 32
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 14 10 0 32
South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 13 11 0 30
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