Round 6 challenge ahead for NYC Cowboys
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ NYC squad will come up against another team on a four-game winning streak when they face the Canberra Raiders at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
The Cowboys and Raiders are two of four teams sharing the best record in the competition – four wins and one loss – although it’s Canberra who sit on top of the table thanks to a better for and against record.
The number will grow to five tonight when two teams with three wins, Brisbane and Newcastle, play at Suncorp Stadium.
Like the Cowboys, the Raiders lost their opening round match but have gone on a scoring spree since then, tallying 38, 40, 58 and 44 points in victories against Brisbane, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast and Penrith.
They have a +106 points differential, compared to +36 for the fourth-placed North Queenslanders, who have injury concerns over key second-rower Jason Taumalolo (small fracture in his arm) and damaging centre Moses Pangai (shoulder).
“I’ve had a look at the Raiders and they’re a pretty strong side,” Cowboys coach Kristian Woolf said.
“I see Canberra and the Warriors as the two strongest teams in the comp so we’re expecting a really good test.
“They’re very good across the park and they’re very big in the middle, especially the two front-rowers – Shannon Boyd and Paul Vaughan – are very big and very mobile.
“They’ve also got a very good halfback, who directs them around very well, in Sam Williams.”
Williams played for the Raiders’ NRL side in round one when they convincingly beat Cronulla, before being dropped back to the under-20s for off-season signing Matt Orford.
“I think all the boys know they’re going to have to be on their game this weekend to compete or get a win,” Woolf said.
“Hopefully it will get the best out of them.”
The Round 6 Cowboys NYC team to play the Raiders will be announced on Tuesday.Source: Cowboys.com.au