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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2011, 09:28:38 AM »
Raiders and Cowboys team lists have been added to the first post

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2011, 03:23:26 PM »
Rather a fit Williams than a unready Campese

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2011, 08:57:39 AM »
Big men to do battle

THE North Queensland Cowboys will once again have a serious battle in the forwards on their hands when they clash with the Canberra Raiders for a second time in the space of seven weeks.

The Raiders received a massive boost to their prospects of overpowering the fourth-placed Cowboys when it was announced yesterday that Green Machine big men Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Joe Picker will make their returns from injury.

Learoyd-Lahrs makes his comeback after tearing his right quadricep and fracturing an eye socket in last month's City-Country clash.

Picker returns after sustaining an arm injury against the Bulldogs in round 11.

North Queensland won the battle of the forwards when the two teams met at Dairy Farmers Stadium in round six, but in the cold air of Canberra Stadium the Raiders get a chance at retribution on their own turf.

Cowboys assistant coach Mick Crawley, who filled in for head coach Neil Henry at a press conference yesterday, announced an unchanged team line-up to the one that defeated the Roosters 20-6 at the weekend.

That includes the premium front-row beef of Matt Scott and James Tamou, who Crawley said will be at the forefront of a game that launches North Queensland's second stage of the 2011 campaign.

"It's something that we've spoken about, a few of the boys have ... spoken to us about it," he said.

"It's a good test for us this week, they're a very strong pack (but) we've been able to play consistent football this year and we'll be looking to do the same this weekend."

The Cowboys defeated Canberra 26-18 in round six and poured further salt into the wounds of a Raiders outfit that was expected to make an impact this year considering their run into the 2010 NRL finals.

The season still hasn't taken a turn for the better as Canberra remain grounded one spot above the NRL cellar with just three wins from 11 games played.

But the Raiders enjoyed their first bye of the year at the weekend and with the return of a strengthened pack there's no doubt in Crawley's mind that Canberra could continue the form that saw recent victories over the Bulldogs (20-12) and Melbourne (20-12).

That and the imminent return of inspirational playmaker Terry Campese, who is rumoured to be an outside chance of making his first on-field appearance for the Raiders this weekend.

"Obviously beating Melbourne and the Bulldogs have been good wins for them, and on the back of that ... Terry Campese and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs coming back into the side," Crawley said.

"They'll be very confident and looking for a win."

North Queensland haven't won a game at Bruce Stadium since 2007 and their visit to Canberra in round 25 last year resulted in a 48-4 demolition at the hands of the Raiders.

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2011, 08:58:16 AM »
Cowboys v Raiders preview!

The Sheriff's match preview: Cowboys v Raiders
Round 13, 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership

TEAMS

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys: 1. Matthew Bowen, 2. Ashley Graham, 3. Antonio Winterstein, 4. Gavin Cooper, 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa, 6. Ray Thompson, 7. Johnathan Thurston (c), 8. Matthew Scott (c), 9. Aaron Payne, 10. James Tamou, 11. Tariq Sims, 12. Glenn Hall, 13. Dallas Johnson. Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro, 15. Scott Bolton, 16. Leeson Ah Mau, 17. Ashton Sims. Coach: Neil Henry.

Canberra Raiders: 1. Josh Dugan, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Joel Thompson, 5. Reece Robinson, 6. Josh McCrone, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Dane Tilse, 9. Alan Tongue (c), 10. Brett White, 11. Joe Picker, 12. Bronson Harrison, 13. Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14. Glen Buttriss, 15. Josh Miller, 16. Josh Papalii, 17. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs. Coach: David Furner.
HEAD-TO-HEADS

    Played: 27 - Cowboys 9, Raiders 18
    Head-to-head at Canberra Stadium: Played 13 - Cowboys 2, Raiders 11
    Last game: Cowboys 26 d Raiders 18 (Dairy Farmers Stadium, Round 6, 2011)
    Biggest head-to-head wins: Cowboys 34 d Raiders 18 (Dairy Farmers Stadium, 2002); Raiders 66 d Cowboys 10 (Canberra Stadium, 1996)

MATCH DETAILS

Date: 2pm, Sunday 5 June 2011
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Broadcast: 4TOFM (live), Fox Sports 2 (live)
Referees: Gavin Badger, Phil Haines
Touch judges: Jason Walsh, David Munro
Video referee: Russell Smith
Toyota Cup: 11.45pm (Fox Sports 2 live)

THE SHERIFF'S SYNOPSIS

We’re about to hit the halfway mark of the season and there should be some happy Cowboys members and supporters out there.

After a couple of lean years, the boys are sitting in fourth position on the ladder (equal second if you don’t count for and against) and injury-wise they’re in a reasonable position as well (despite the disappointment of Willie Tonga's shoulder injury).

Coach Henry has only had to call on 21 players this season, although that number will probably go up next week when the Origin boys are missing for the away trip to Manly.

But first, they're off to the chilly nation’s capital for the round 13 meeting with Canberra this weekend – the conditions should be pretty good and no doubt coach Henry and his able assistants (who also have lots of experience of playing in the cooler weather) will have the boys well prepared and their minds on the job.

The Cowboys beat the Raiders earlier in the season, getting off to a great start but then letting them back in the game late, before finishing with an eight-point win.

That fightback, and the two wins Canberra have recorded in the last two weeks, show the Raiders aren't a team that gives up even when things are starting to look a bit hopeless.

Big Tommy Learoyd-Lahrs will be back for the Green Machine and even though he hasn’t been named, it's possible that we may see five-eighth Terry Campese trot out for his first game of the year.

As for the Cowboys, who would bet against JT leading them to a ninth win of the season? In all but one of their eight victories so far in 2011, the co-captain has been awarded the Dally M Medal three points.

With a couple of days off training, he and Matty Scott should be well rested and ready for another big one.

When you’re going this well, you want to keep the momentum going and that’s why I reckon the Cowboys will make the Green Machine feel blue with an eight-point victory!

Source: Cowboys.com.au

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2011, 11:19:20 AM »
It is better for him to sit out a little longer than to come back early and re-injure himself. Nobody wants that. We can afford to rest him on the back of our last two games, McCrone is going great playing five eighth.  ;D

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2011, 09:38:21 AM »
Cowboys anticipate Campese comeback

Stand-in centre Gavin Cooper says North Queensland expect to face a surprise Terry Campese comeback for Canberra as they try to snap a four-year NRL losing trot in the nation's capital on Sunday.

Campese has not been named in coach David Furner's squad.

"We're confident in the halves we've got at the moment, and we don't need to rush Campo back until he's completed a few more training sessions and had all the clearances from our medical staff," Furner said during the week.

Despite Furner's assurances that Campese would not play, Cooper said the Cowboys had prepared for his shock return from major knee surgery.

Cooper added it would not surprise if both Campese and Test and State of Origin forward Dave Shillington turned out for action.

Even if they didn't, Cooper said the Raiders, coming off back-to-back wins, would still be boosted by the inclusion of 112kg giant forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, primed to make a last-minute push for Origin selection.

"We're preparing for him (Campese) to play. He's not named so I guess we'll find out more an hour before kick-off," said Cooper, filling in for Willie Tonga (shoulder) in the centres for a few weeks.

"If Shillo (Shillington) plays, they'll be even better again."

Canberra are a big, robust side but North Queensland have some size of their own to push the Raiders around.

"They've got some big boys but we've got some big boys in Jimmy (James Tamou), Scotty (Matt Scott), Bolts (Scott Bolton), Leeson (Ah Mau) and Ashton (Sims) off the bench, so we're no small team by any stretch of the imagination," said Cooper.

Cooper, who's playing out of position, will have his hands full with Joel Thompson, a 97kg back-rower converted to the centres.

"You've got Jarrod Croker on one side and Joel Thompson on my side. He's a big boy and he's very strong."

Cooper warned Josh Dugan would also be looking to convince NSW selectors to stick with him for Origin II with a dominant game at fullback.

"He's very dangerous running off their halves," said Cooper.

"Coming back from Origin, too, he'll grow another leg."

Meanwhile, Cooper said Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston had proved beyond doubt he was the best player in the game, finding the energy to back up from Origin at the weekend when physically and mentally exhausted.

"I don't know if you blokes (media) noticed, but we could see it on the field," he said.

"He was rattled (against the Sydney Roosters). He had not much energy but he'd find a way to turn up for all the plays and make all his tackles.

"The competitor that he is, he turns up every week and doesn't want to let the team down.

"When Braith Anasta made a break down the left of the field, he looked like he had nothing left, but still found an extra gear to chase him down."

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2011, 09:40:21 AM »
Preview: Raiders v Cowboys

Signs of improvement are continuing for the Raiders, who welcome back Test forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs this week, following the club's morale-boosting wins over Melbourne and Canterbury.

And inspirational five-eighth Terry Campese may be ready to resume in another week, as the club sets its sights on another late season surge.

The change of season will also work in their favour on Sunday afternoon. The colder it gets in the National Capital, the better the Raiders seem to perform and the timing coincides with a reluctance by opposing teams to get stuck into their work.

Commentators noted that Bulldogs players refused to hit the frosty playing surface during their pre-game warm-up a fortnight ago while Raiders players had no such reservations. The Cowboys could also be expected to take some time to acclimatise this Sunday.

But if the Cowboys continue the professional approach they have brought to almost every game this season, they will be a hard outfit to toss. Halfback Johnathan Thurston has produced career-best form in 2011 and the support of forwards such as Matt Scott, Tariq Sims and Glenn Hall has helped propel the Cowboys into the top four.

Take a Canberra try as First Scoring Play but look to a Cowboys victory by 1-12 points.

For First Tryscorer consider Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson or Blake Ferguson for Canberra or Antonio Winterstein, Kalifa Faifai-Loa or Matt Bowen for the Cowboys.

Canberra v North Queensland
Canberra Stadium
Sunday 2pm

Canberra Raiders
1 Josh Dugan, 2 Blake Ferguson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Joel Thompson, 5 Reece Robinson, 6 Josh McCrone, 7 Sam Williams, 8 Dane Tilse, 9 Alan Tongue [c], 10 Brett White, 11 Joe Picker, 12 Bronson Harrison , 13 Shaun Fensom. Subs: 14 Glen Buttriss, 15 Josh Miller, 16 Josh Papalii , 17 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.

North Queensland Cowboys
1 Matthew Bowen, 2 Ashley Graham, 3 Antonio Winterstein, 4 Gavin Cooper, 5 Kalifa Faifai Loa, 6 Ray Thompson, 7 Johnathan Thurston [c], 8 Matthew Scott [c], 9 Aaron Payne, 10 James Tamou, 11 Tariq Sims, 12 Glenn Hall, 13 Dallas Johnson. Subs: 14 James Segeyaro, 15 Scott Bolton, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Ashton Sims.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Cowboys by 8

OVERALL:
Total Games: 27
Canberra Raiders wins: 18. [Pts: 736]
North Queensland Cowboys wins: 9. [Pts: 499]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Canberra Raiders: 56 pts: 1996 Optus Cup - Round 4 - [View] Sun Apr 14: Raiders 66 d. Cowboys 10 [Crowd: 9115]
North Queensland Cowboys: 16 pts: 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat Jul 20: Cowboys 34 d. Raiders 18 [Crowd: 8121]

Biggest Crowd: 1995 Australian Rugby League - Round 4 - [View] Sat Apr 1: Cowboys 8 l. Raiders 14 [Crowd: 23561]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Canberra Raiders: WWWWLWWWWWWWLWLWWWLWLLLWLWL
North Queensland Cowboys: LLLLWLLLLLLLWLWLLLWLWWWLWLW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 26 d. Canberra Raiders 18 [Crowd: 10741]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 48 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4 [Crowd: 11434]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 16 d. Canberra Raiders 8 [Crowd: 12058]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 23 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18 [Crowd: 12198]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 22 d. Canberra Raiders 10 [Crowd: 14998]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sat: North Queensland Cowboys 28 d. Canberra Raiders 22 [Crowd: 15791]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 24 l. North Queensland Cowboys 28 [Crowd: 11263]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sat: Cowboys 14 l. Raiders 15 [Crowd: 16971]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Sat: Cowboys 31 d. Raiders 28 [Crowd: 17893]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Raiders 23 d. Cowboys 22 [Crowd: 9129]

Overall record at Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Canberra (ACT) Stats:
Canberra Raiders: 251 games, won 173, drawn 4, lost 74.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Fri: Canberra Raiders 20 d. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 12 l. Wests Tigers 49
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 12 l. Newcastle Knights 22
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 22 l. Gold Coast Titans 23
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Fri: Canberra Raiders 4 l. Brisbane Broncos 20

North Queensland Cowboys: 13 games, won 2, drawn 0, lost 11.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 48 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 23 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 24 l. North Queensland Cowboys 28
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Raiders 23 d. Cowboys 22
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat Jul 10: Raiders 32 d. Cowboys 28

Head to Head at Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Canberra (ACT) Stats:
Total Games: 13
Canberra Raiders wins: 11. [Pts: 447]
North Queensland Cowboys wins: 2. [Pts: 236]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 48 d. North Queensland Cowboys 4 [Crowd: 11434]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 23 d. North Queensland Cowboys 18 [Crowd: 12198]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 24 l. North Queensland Cowboys 28 [Crowd: 11263]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Raiders 23 d. Cowboys 22 [Crowd: 9129]
2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat Jul 10: Raiders 32 d. Cowboys 28 [Crowd: 8771]

Source: Rleague.com

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2011, 09:42:11 AM »
Toyota Cup Raiders out to hit form

The Canberra Raiders’ NYC side welcomes back the return of several seasoned stars, headed by Nathan Massey, for this Sunday’s clash with the fourth placed North Queensland Cowboys.

The young Raiders, who were touted as early season favourites to take out this year’s title, are facing an uphill battle against fellow competition heavyweights the Cowboys who gave them a 42-12 touch up in Round 6 in Townsville.

Coach David Hamilton’s side is currently in a form slump, having lost four of their last six games, however Captain Tom Murphy believes last week’s bye has given his side the chance to regroup and are confident of a victory.

“Our form’s been really disappointing. We haven’t shown up and given our best performances lately, especially last week, but we should be fresh after having the week off so we’re confident of a win.”

The loss of the experienced players has forced Hamilton to debut many fresh faces, however he believes this may be a positive in the long run.
“ These injuries we’ve gone through have resulted in us blooding a lot of players who probably wouldn’t have thought they’d be getting a run this year, so by experiencing this, it’ll be a positive thing for the club at the back end of the season,” Hamilton said.

The Raiders will be buoyed by the return of Massey, powerful Kiwi Sheen Lomax and exciting half Jack Wighton.

Massey in particular, who was impressive in his two matches in first grade, will provide a significant boost to the side’s confidence. His perpetual support play and breathtaking counter attack from kick returns were a feature of the side’s early season form.

“He’ll control those young boys well. No matter where he is playing he’s a special player, he’ll make something happen for sure,” Hamilton said.
Massey has sought to take the most out of his first grade experience, and Murphy predicts he will take his game to another level in the under 20s competition.

“It’ll be awesome having him back,” Murphy said. “He’ll be even more dangerous after his first grade experience.”

Whilst the return of Massey and Wighton will do wonders for the team’s attacking structure, it is the young Green Machine’s defence which needs to be improved.

Murphy says the return of Lomax will provide plenty of starch in the middle of the field, however he believes it is imperative the whole team takes more pride in their defence.

“Our defence is the thing we need to work on mostly Defence is what wins games and we just really need to start aiming up in defence to create a platform for our attack.”

The Cowboys are a dangerous side littered with many exciting individuals highlighted by them having five players named in the Queensland Under-18’s – the most of any club.

The match kicks off at Canberra Stadium at 11:45am this Sunday.

Source: Raiders.com.au

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2011, 09:43:36 AM »
Raiders at home to put freeze on Cowboys
2 June 2011, 10:45 am

CANBERRA RAIDERS v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Canberra Stadium, Sunday July 5 at 2.00pm
Referees: Gavin Badger and Phil Haines

WHAT’S AT STAKE
It was only a few short weeks ago when the Raiders faced the Cowboys in warm conditions in Townsville, so they’ll be keen to make sure the freezer at Canberra Stadium is turned on this Sunday to welcome the team from North of the Border.

The Raiders welcome back Josh Dugan and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs for the clash which is a huge boost, while the Cowboys have the best player in the game at the moment in Jonathan Thurston steering them around the park.

STATS BOX

HEAD TO HEAD

Played 27, Raiders 18, Cowboys 9

AT Canberra Stadium, Played 13, Raiders 11, Cowboys 2

LAST 5 CLASHES

2011 – COWBOYS 26 d. RAIDERS 18 at Dairy Farmers Stadium
2010 – RAIDERS 48 d. COWBOYS 4 at Canberra Stadium
– COWBOYS 16 d. RAIDERS 8 at Dairy Farmers Stadium
2009 – RAIDERS 23 d. COWBOYS 18 at Canberra Stadium

MATCH-UPS

Josh Dugan – Matt Bowen
Both of these dynamic fullbacks are attacking weapons for their teams and both know how to squeeze the most out of their kick returns. Dugan will be keen to impress again ahead of Origin two, while Bowen will be looking to keep the Cowboys on a winning role.

Sam Williams – Jonathan Thurston
Williams has already had a chance to play Thurston this year and he’ll be looking to see where he can improve ahead of round two. Thurston needs no introduction and is in career best form at present. Definitely the main danger for the Raiders.

Shaun Fensom – Dallas Johnson
Fensom made a staggering 74 tackles in his last outing and with the Raiders coming off the bye he’ll be fresh and ready to continue his work this Sunday. Johnson has added some stock to the Cowboys defensive line and the Raiders will always have him coming at them from the middle of the defensive line.

HE SAID IT – with Joe Picker
“There’s been no fracture in my arm and I’m ready to go this weekend. It’s another big game for us and a chance to keep up the momentum we’ve started.”

WORTH NOTING

* Josh Dugan and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs are back in the team
* Sam Mataora is out for six weeks with a broken finger
* Blake Ferguson is equal second on the NRL’s 2011 top try scoring list with eight.
* The Raiders Toyota Cup kicks off against the Cowboys at 11.45am

Source: www.raiders.com.au - Canberra Raiders News Headlines


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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2011, 09:44:28 AM »
Raiders to pay respects to board member Jim Murphy
2 June 2011, 10:41 am

The Canberra Raiders will wear their alternative black strip this Sunday when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Canberra Stadium, as a mark of respect for Raiders board member Jim Murphy who passed away last week.

The Raiders will hold a moment’s silence after the players enter the field on Sunday afternoon, with a tribute to Mr Murphy to be displayed on the big screen prior to kick-off.

The Raiders in conjunction with their official merchandiser Jersey Megastore will also donate $10 from the sale of every black jersey at Canberra Stadium on Sunday to the ACT Branch of Open Family, a charity organisation which assists young people who are homeless, an organisation where Mr Murphy was also a board member.

Raiders Chairman John McIntyre said the club had been shocked and saddened by the passing of Mr Murphy and said the club wished to pay their respects to a long-time supporter of the Raiders.

“Jim Murphy was a passionate Raiders supporter who took great pride in being a member of the board and as a club we want to make sure we publicly acknowledge how much he meant to the club,” Mr McIntyre said. “We’ve all been shocked by the news of Jim’s passing and it’s important that all of us from the players through to our supporters pay respect to the great work Jim has done for the Raiders and the Canberra Community.”

Mr Murphy’s funeral will be held on Monday June 6 at 1.30pm at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka. The Raiders NRL squad will be in attendance to form a guard of honour for Mr Murphy.

Mr Murphy’s family have requested that in lieu of flowers they would prefer well-wishers to make a donation to Open Family Canberra.

Source: www.raiders.com.au - Canberra Raiders News Headlines


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« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2011, 10:50:54 AM »
Bowen ready for any Raiders' surprise

AN EARLY return from injury by Canberra playmaker Terry Campese would surprise spectators and fans alike, but not Matt Bowen.



Rumours continue to circulate that the nephew of Wallabies great David Campese could make his comeback against the Cowboys tomorrow afternoon, along with heavy-hitting Raiders' prop David Shillington.

Bowen and his teammates have prepared throughout the week for the star duo to take their places in the Green Machine's 17, with particular consideration given to Campese's match-winning qualities. Cowboys coach Neil Henry even rolled out footage of Campese in action, such is the possibility of the classy No. 6 playing his part tomorrow.

"We've got a few clips of him (and) they won't hand in their team sheet until an hour before (kick-off)," Bowen said.

"We won't know until game day and we just have to prepare as if he'll be there. He's a big part of their team ... I'm sure that if he plays, they'll grow another leg. We know what he can do and what he brings to the Canberra Raiders side."

Bowen will have an interesting individual battle against New South Wales' fullback Josh Dugan on his hands, although he was reluctant to draw any real attention to the encounter.

"He's certainly a good player and he got the (Blues) job over (Jarryd) Hayne, but that's another thing," Bowen said of Dugan.

"He's got different things to his game and I've got things to my game.

"We're totally different players, I wish I was the same size and height as him and obviously he's pumped from getting selected for New South Wales. He'll be looking forward to keeping his Origin spot and looking for a good game, hopefully it's not this weekend."

Bowen said the Cowboys were confident of keeping Dugan at bay by maintaining their own good form, but the Hope Vale product said a man with Dugan's tricks had the ability to win a game.

"If we play to our strengths and have a good kicking game - and build a wall around him - we could keep him quiet," Bowen said. "But he's a good fullback and I'm sure he'll try and find ways to get around us."

The Cowboys' last visit to Canberra Stadium at the back end of 2010 resulted in a 48-4 thrashing and while times have changed, for Bowen some lessons should never be forgotten.

"We have to start well for any game and any team, if we turn up like we did last year, we'll get battered by 40 or more points (again)," he said.

"You can't really look at the ladder and say 'they're below us and it's going to be an easy game'.

"It's not ... we have to start well."

Coach Henry said the Cowboys would train in Canberra this afternoon in a bid to condition themselves for the chilly conditions, having left for the Australian capital yesterday.

Source: Townsville Bulletin

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2011, 10:54:25 AM »
Thurston well-rested and ready

Toyota Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston says he feels “as fresh as a daisy” coming into his team’s round 13 NRL clash against the Canberra Raiders in Canberra on Sunday afternoon.

>>> Rd 13 - TRAINING GALLERY

The champion halfback, his Queensland State of Origin teammate Matthew Scott and fullback Matthew Bowen were given a couple of days off training this week in a bid to keep them fresh during the middle part of the season.

The Cowboys had their final training run of the week behind closed doors at the Australian Institute of Sport today after arriving in the nation’s capital on Friday.

It’s clear that Thurston has appreciated the time off, looking as sharp as he has all season.

''I'm fine, the body feels fine, I'm looking forward to it,'' he told the Canberra Times.

Just who Thurston’s opposing halfback will be on Sunday remains unclear, with indications that Terry Campese will make his first appearance of the year for the Raiders despite not being named in David Furner’s team on Tuesday.

Campese hasn't played since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in last year's semi-final loss to the Wests Tigers.

He could start at five-eighth, forcing Josh McCrone to switch to halfback in place of youngster Sam Williams, or he may come off the interchange bench.

Cowboys coach Neil Henry thinks the Raiders’ line-up on Sunday will be the best they have fielded this year, especially if Campese is available.

“It’s going to be a real tough afternoon,” he said.

“They’re on the back of two wins and a bye.

“They’ve got a bit of momentum and I’m hoping they’ve lost a little bit of that by having the weekend off.

“We’ll need to match them in the forwards. They’ve got a big pack and we’ll need to be aggressive there and get some field position.

“I think our attack’s in pretty good shape. We’ve been able to get over the tryline and hopefully Johnathan can maintain his form. We expect him to.”

Henry said the Sunday 2pm kickoff time was a bonus for the Cowboys who aren’t accustomed to playing in chilly conditions.

The weather forecast is for a mostly sunny day with a maximum temperature of 13 degrees.

In other Cowboys news, back-up forward Blake Leary’s season has been ended by an anterior cruciate ligament tear sustained at training during the week.

He will join NYC forwards Sam Hoare and John Puna in having knee reconstruction surgery.

Source: Cowboys.com.au

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2011, 10:59:25 AM »
All the best today Raiders, lets continue this roll we had going and beat these Queenslanders!  :13:

34 to 16 is my tip and Dugan will have big game.

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2011, 01:48:43 PM »
Go compo we are so excited to have you back ìt has not been the same without you. Go son. Have a great game. GO RAIDERS. THIS IS YOUR TIME BLOW THEM ALL AWAY.

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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2011, 04:13:36 PM »
Oh what happened. Why so many injurys. Ìt was a close game. Had me on thd edge of my seat. Losing 2 great players in thd space of 7 mins is a bit worrying. Dont play as individuls play as a team and maybe next week we will do better. Having said that no effort can go un noticed. The 22 - 0 advantage was amazing. Next week raiders. Keep up the good effort. Renee.