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Live: Cowboys vs Raiders

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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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Round 1
Thu, 03 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR vs BRI 20:05Pirtek
Fri, 04 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN vs CBY 20:05BO
Sat, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBR vs PEN 15:00GIO
WST vs NZW 17:30CSS
NQL vs CRO 19:301300
Sun, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD vs SOU 16:00AS
GCT vs NEW 18:30Cbus
Mon, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
MEL vs STG 19:00AAMI
Fri, 09 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
Sat, 10 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
vs 00:00TBA
Sun, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
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Round 2
Thu, 10 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN vs CBY 20:05Pepp
Fri, 11 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI vs NZW 20:05SUN
Sat, 12 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBR vs SYD 15:00GIO
SOU vs NEW 17:30ANZ
PAR vs NQL 19:30Pirtek
Sun, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRO vs STG 16:00Shark Park
MEL vs GCT 18:30AAMI
Mon, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST vs MAN 19:00VAS
Fri, 16 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
Sat, 17 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
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Round 3
Thu, 17 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL vs SYD 20:051300
Fri, 18 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBY vs PAR 20:05ANZ
Sat, 19 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW vs CBR 17:30HS
PEN vs BRI 19:30Pepp
GCT vs WST 21:30Cbus
Sun, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW vs MEL 14:00MSS
STG vs SOU 16:00SCG
Mon, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN vs CRO 19:00BO
Fri, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
Sat, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
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Round 4
Fri, 25 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU vs CBY 16:00ANZ
BRI vs NQL 20:05SUN
Sat, 26 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBR vs GCT 17:30GIO
SYD vs MAN 19:30AS
Sun, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
STG vs PEN 16:00WIN
Mon, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW vs NEW 14:00MSS
WST vs PAR 16:00ANZ
CRO vs MEL 19:00Shark Park
Sun, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
vs 00:00TBA
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Round 5
Thu, 31 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN vs SOU 20:05BO
Fri, 01 AprTimes shown AEDT
GCT vs BRI 20:05Cbus
Sat, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL vs NEW 15:00AAMI
WST vs CRO 17:30CSS
NQL vs STG 19:301300
Sun, 03 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NZW 14:00AS
PAR vs PEN 16:00Pirtek
Mon, 04 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY vs CBR 19:00Belmore Sports Ground
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Round 6
Thu, 07 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI vs STG 19:50SUN
Fri, 08 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU vs SYD 19:50ANZ
Sat, 09 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR vs CBR 15:00Pirtek
NZW vs MAN 17:30MSS
PEN vs NQL 19:30Pepp
Sun, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO vs GCT 14:00Shark Park
NEW vs WST 16:00HS
Mon, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
MEL vs CBY 19:00AAMI
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Round 7
Thu, 14 AprTimes shown AEST
MAN vs PAR 19:50BO
Fri, 15 AprTimes shown AEST
NQL vs SOU 19:501300
Sat, 16 AprTimes shown AEST
GCT vs STG 15:00Cbus
CBY vs NZW 17:30Westpac Stadium
BRI vs NEW 19:30SUN
Sun, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBR vs CRO 14:00GIO
WST vs MEL 16:00VAS
Mon, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PEN 19:00AS
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Round 8
Fri, 22 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI vs SOU 19:50SUN
Sat, 23 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY vs GCT 15:00ANZ
CBR vs WST 17:30GIO
NQL vs PAR 19:301300
Sun, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO vs PEN 16:00Shark Park
Mon, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NEW vs MAN 14:00HS
STG vs SYD 16:00AS
MEL vs NZW 19:00AAMI
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Round 9
Thu, 28 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU vs WST 19:50ANZ
PAR vs CBY 19:50ANZ
Sat, 30 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN vs CBR 15:00Carrington Park
SYD vs NEW 17:30CCS
MAN vs NQL 19:30BO
Sun, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW vs STG 12:00MSS
GCT vs MEL 14:00Cbus
CRO vs BRI 16:00Shark Park
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Round 10
Thu, 12 MayTimes shown AEST
STG vs CBR 19:50Jubilee Oval
Fri, 13 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR vs SOU 19:50Pirtek
Sat, 14 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN vs NZW 15:00AMI Stadium
MEL vs NQL 17:30SUN
MAN vs BRI 19:30SUN
Sun, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW vs CRO 14:00HS
WST vs CBY 16:00ANZ
Mon, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT vs SYD 19:00Cbus
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Round 11
Thu, 19 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU vs STG 19:50ANZ
Fri, 20 MayTimes shown AEST
NQL vs BRI 19:501300
Sat, 21 MayTimes shown AEST
WST vs NEW 15:00CSS
NZW vs CBR 17:30Yarrow Stadium
CRO vs MAN 19:30Shark Park
Sun, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN vs GCT 14:00Pepp
CBY vs SYD 16:00ANZ
Mon, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR vs MEL 19:00Pirtek
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Round 12
Fri, 27 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI vs WST 19:50SUN
Sat, 28 MayTimes shown AEST
STG vs NQL 19:30WIN
Sun, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR vs CBY 16:00GIO
Mon, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW vs PAR 19:00HS
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Round 13
Fri, 03 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR vs MAN 19:50GIO
Sat, 04 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW vs BRI 15:00MSS
NQL vs NEW 17:301300
MEL vs PEN 19:30AAMI
Sun, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs WST 16:00AS
SOU vs GCT 18:30nib Stadium
Mon, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY vs CRO 19:00ANZ
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Round 14
Thu, 09 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CBR 19:50SUN
Fri, 10 JunTimes shown AEST
WST vs SOU 19:50ANZ
Sat, 11 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW vs NZW 15:00HS
PAR vs GCT 17:30TIO
SYD vs MEL 19:30AS
Sun, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN vs PEN 16:00BO
Mon, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
STG vs CBY 16:00ANZ
CRO vs NQL 19:00Shark Park
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Round 15
Fri, 17 JunTimes shown AEST
SOU vs PAR 19:50ANZ
Sat, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
STG vs MEL 19:30WIN
Sun, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW vs SYD 16:00MSS
Mon, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT vs MAN 19:00Cbus
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Round 16
Fri, 24 JunTimes shown AEST
PEN vs SOU 19:50Pepp
Sat, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW vs STG 15:00HS
CRO vs NZW 17:30Shark Park
CBY vs BRI 19:30ANZ
Sun, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT vs CBR 14:00Cbus
MEL vs WST 16:00AAMI
Mon, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NQL vs MAN 19:001300
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Round 17
Thu, 30 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CBY 19:50AS
Fri, 01 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI vs MEL 19:50SUN
Sat, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs GCT 15:00MSS
WST vs PEN 17:30ANZ
CRO vs PAR 19:30Shark Park
Sun, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NEW 14:00GIO
SOU vs NQL 16:00Barlow Park
Mon, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN vs STG 19:00BO
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Round 18
Fri, 08 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR vs SYD 19:50Pirtek
Sat, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
CBY vs WST 19:30ANZ
Sun, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs CRO 16:00Pepp
Mon, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NQL 19:00GIO
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Round 19
Fri, 15 JulTimes shown AEST
STG vs GCT 19:50Jubilee Oval
Sat, 16 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN vs NZW 17:30nib Stadium
SOU vs BRI 19:30ANZ
Sun, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NEW vs MEL 14:00HS
PEN vs PAR 16:00Pepp
Mon, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs CRO 19:00AS
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Round 20
Thu, 21 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL vs CBY 19:501300
Fri, 22 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI vs PEN 19:50SUN
Sat, 23 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NZW 15:00GIO
GCT vs PAR 17:30Cbus
MEL vs SYD 19:30AAMI
Sun, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CRO vs NEW 14:00Shark Park
STG vs WST 16:00ANZ
Mon, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
SOU vs MAN 19:00ANZ
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Round 21
Wed, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs PEN 22:00MSS
Thu, 28 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs BRI 00:00AS
CBY vs STG 00:00ANZ
GCT vs CRO 00:00Cbus
PAR vs WST 00:00ANZ
SOU vs CBR 00:00ANZ
MAN vs NEW 00:00BO
NQL vs MEL 00:001300
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Round 22
Thu, 04 AugTimes shown AEST
STG vs BRI 00:00WIN
PAR vs MAN 00:00Pirtek
CRO vs CBR 00:00Shark Park
NEW vs CBY 00:00HS
MEL vs SOU 00:00AAMI
GCT vs NZW 00:00Cbus
WST vs NQL 00:00VAS
PEN vs SYD 00:00Pepp
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Round 23
Wed, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs SOU 22:00MSS
Thu, 11 AugTimes shown AEST
CBY vs MAN 00:00ANZ
BRI vs PAR 00:00SUN
WST vs GCT 00:00CSS
STG vs CRO 00:00Jubilee Oval
NEW vs PEN 00:00HS
SYD vs NQL 00:00AS
CBR vs MEL 00:00GIO
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Round 24
Thu, 18 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CBY 00:00SUN
SYD vs STG 00:00AS
NEW vs GCT 00:00HS
NQL vs NZW 00:001300
MAN vs MEL 00:00BO
CBR vs PAR 00:00GIO
PEN vs WST 00:00Pepp
SOU vs CRO 00:00ANZ
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Round 25
Wed, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs WST 22:00MSS
Thu, 25 AugTimes shown AEST
CBY vs NQL 00:00Belmore Sports Ground
MEL vs BRI 00:00AAMI
GCT vs PEN 00:00Cbus
MAN vs CBR 00:00BO
CRO vs SYD 00:00Shark Park
NEW vs SOU 00:00HS
PAR vs STG 00:00Pirtek
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Round 26
Wed, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs PAR 22:00MSS
Thu, 01 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI vs SYD 00:00SUN
CBY vs SOU 00:00ANZ
STG vs NEW 00:00Jubilee Oval
NQL vs GCT 00:001300
MEL vs CRO 00:00AAMI
WST vs CBR 00:00VAS
PEN vs MAN 00:00Pepp
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