NYC Match Preview: Raiders v Cowboys
The Raiders NYC team face a tough test on Saturday when they go up against the second placed North Queensland Cowboys at Goulburn Workers Arena.
Due to work and study commitments of the players, the match has been moved to Saturday afternoon instead of being the traditional curtain raiser before NRL on Monday.
The match will kick-off at 4.30pm. Raiders members can enter the ground for free by showing their Raiders membership card.
Zeik Foster replaces Lachlan Croker at five-eighth for the game. Croker has been selected for the NSW U20's Origin side after a string of strong performances for the Mounties in the ISP Cup. Zac Woolford has also been selected for the Blues team, with his replacement yet to be named.
William Samuel has been named as 18th man for the Queensland U20's Origin team, and will play on Saturday before making his way to the Maroons camp. After making his Raiders NYC debut last weekend Emre Guler remains on the interchange bench.
Four Cowboys NYC players have been selected in the Queensland U20's squad, including influential halfback Cooper Bambling and fullback Gideon Gela-Mosby.
The Cowboys were upset by the 15th placed Rabbitohs last weekend in Cairns, going down 26-18. The loss was the Cowboys first since Round 7.
The expected chilly temperatures at Goulburn on Saturday could play right into the Raiders hands, who are used to training at night in all conditions. A win could see the team move up into ninth position on the ladder, while a loss could all but dash any chance of playing finals football in 2016.
Half-time and full-time scores from the match will be posted on the Raiders Twitter account.