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The Canberra Raiders travel north this weekend to take on the Cowboys in round two on Saturday night at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The Raiders will look to start the season with back to back wins after defeating the Sharks in a thriller at home on Friday. However, the Cowboys will be hungry to get their first win of the year following a narrow 6-4 loss to Bulldogs in round one.

Unfortunately for Canberra, they have been dealt a double blow for the match with veteran hooker Josh Hodgson out for 2-3 weeks with a cartilage injury to his knee and rookie halfback Brad Schneider being moved onto the COVID isolation list after returning a positive Rapid Antigen test.

Matt Frawley will be brought up from NSW Cup to replace Schneider and Adrian Trevilyan will make his NRL debut off the bench as a backup hooker with Tom Starling moving into the starting number nine jersey.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 James Schiller
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine Holmes
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Semi Valemei
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
    Winger for Raiders is number 19 Sebastian Kris
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Matt Frawley


  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papali'i
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Coen Hess
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Elliott Whitehead


  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Adrian Trevilyan
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Heilum Luki
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Mitchell Dunn
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Adam Elliott
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh


  • Replacement for Cowboys is number 19 Scott Drinkwater
    Replacement for Raiders is number 18 Xavier Savage

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Last Time They Met

The Raiders were narrowly defeated by the Cowboys 26-24 in round seven last season.

Key Matchups 

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad v Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

A couple of electrifying fullbacks will be going head to head in round two at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, with both of them hoping to split the game open with their strike weapon; speed.

Nicoll-Klokstad is coming off the back of a stellar performance in round one against the Sharks, where the Kiwi talent ran for 137 metres and scored a first half try.

Tabuai-Fidow also had an impressive game in the opening round of the season with four tackle breaks and 134 running metres.

These two will definitely be looking to inject energy for their respective teams and get their sides in the best field position off kick returns.

Joseph Tapine v Jason Taumalolo

These two New Zealand-born forwards are two of the most damaging players in the NRL and it will be something to see when they clash for 80 minutes on Saturday night in Townsville.

Tapine played a crucial role in Canberra’s victory over Cronulla at GIO Stadium on Friday night. He had 146 metres and four offloads in just 44 minutes.

Taumalolo wasn’t at his usual best in round one but that will just be added motivation for the former Dally M winner to get back on track. The Raiders will have to be at their best defensively if they want to keep this wrecking ball out of the game.

Valentine Holmes v Matthew Timoko

Matthew Timoko played a big role in the match-winning try in round one, with a great pass to Hudson Young for the 75th minute try. Timoko ran for 85 metres and proved hard to tackle with eight tackle breaks.

His possible opposing centre Valentine Holmes has always been a tough player to handle too and had a solid outing against the Bulldogs in round one. The Queensland representative had 104 metres for the game and seemed elusive the few times he swooped into dummy half.

After strong performances in the opening round, both Holmes and Timoko will want to help steer their side to victory in any way possible.

Head to Head 

The Raiders and Cowboys have faced off 41 times since 1998 and Canberra have the upper hand, winning 21 of them to North Queensland’s 20.

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.