The Canberra Raiders will be looking for three straight wins when they face the North Queensland Cowboys for in Indigenous round this Saturday night in Townsville.
There are some big changes in the Canberra line-up for this week, following their nail-biting 18 – 12 win over South Sydney in round 11 which will see Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad miss a couple of weeks.
With the fullback having surgery on his little finger after suffering a compound fracture, Coach Ricky Stuart has shifted Jordan Rapana back to fill his place, with Curtis Scott returning from injury and named to start in the centres.
Also returning from the Raiders casualty ward is John Bateman after having surgery on a shoulder injury that sidelined the Englishman for the 2020 season. Bateman will no doubt be keen to make an impact in his first appearance since the 2019 Grand Final.
Another welcome addition to the squad and the Capital is Corey Harawira-Naera, who has been named on the bench for the Raiders following his release from the Bulldogs.
The mid-season recruit was cleared by the NRL’s Apollo committee to enter the Raiders bubble and trained with the team on Tuesday.
Focusing on the future, the Raiders newest recruit will be keen to get some game time and will no doubt put in the work, with the potential to win a premiership in the back of his mind.
The Cowboys will be trying to avoid a five-game losing streak following their 24 - 12 loss to Manly last week. They showed some encouraging signs for their 80-minute clash that will likely give them some confidence coming into this weekend’s game.
There are some changes in the Cowboys pack for round 12 as well, with Josh McGuire suspended for this round after a grade one charge for a dangerous tackle last week.
Daejarn Asi has been ruled with a knee injury, with Mitch Dunn moving in to replace the five-eighth, and Francis Molo moves into the starting squad for the suspended prop.