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Five Things: Raiders v Cowboys

The Raiders are back in Canberra after a long stretch of time away from GIO Stadium. Here are five things to keep an eye on.

Double dose

In round eight the Raiders travelled north having not won in Townsville since 2016 with a string of nine losses over that time.

The boys snapped that streak with a 18-8 victory over North Queensland and will be turning their attention to doing a double over the Cowboys on Saturday night.

With a loss to the Cowboys the last time they faced in Canberra, the Raiders will be looking to get one back at home and make it back to back wins and after last weeks win over the Bulldogs.

The return to Canberra!

Its been four long weekends between outings at GIO Stadium with three away games and a bye between the Panthers match and this weekend.

The Raiders managed to bring home two wins in the three matches with wins over the Tigers and Bulldogs either side of a loss to the Broncos.

Despite having this weekend at home, the Raiders will embark on another three-week stint on the road after the Cowboys match so there's no better opportunity to get down and cheer on the boys!

Who plays fullback?

The Raiders will be forced to call upon another fullback with Brad Abbey set to miss the Cowboys clash following a heavy concussion in the win over the Bulldogs.

With Jordan Rapana potentially returning from a hamstring injury, it could see Nick Cotric start his second game at fullback for the season as he did against the Bulldogs in round five.

Another option could see Rapana slot straight into the vacant fullback position and leave the wingers as they are but either way it will be a good opportunity to see another livewire at the back.

JT's last match in Canberra

Whist he's on the opposition side and has broken the hearts of Raiders fans on multiple occasions, he is still one of the greatest to lace a boot and will be playing at GIO Stadium for the last time on Saturday.

Having played 315 NRL games, made 37 Origin appearances for Queensland and wearing the Australian jersey on 39 occasions, Johnathan Thurston will go down as one of the greats of the game.

Whether you've seen him play or not, this is the last chance to watch the champion play at GIO Stadium so come down and farewell him but also cheer loud to make sure his last trip isn't a successful one.

Can Cotric do it?

Nick Cotric has become known to be an elite finisher despite only being in his second season and is on track for a personal achievement should he score this weekend.

Cotric has scored a try in the last eight games for the Raiders and has equalled Club great Noa Nadruku's 1996 record in the process.

If Cotric crosses the stripe this weekend, he will hold the Raiders record for most consecutive try scoring matches with the all-time record being 13 set by Rod O'Loan of Eastern Suburbs in 1935.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders 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.