LIVE: Raiders concede it's now 'do or die'

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Saturday nighttime NRL enactment betwixt the Raiders and Sharks from Cbus Super Stadium is present underway!

The Raiders volition invited backmost Origin stars Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii, successful what is beryllium a must-win crippled for Canberra, who are looking to support their finals hopes alive.

Currently sitting successful the 11th spot and 2 premiership points extracurricular of the apical eight, the Raiders volition instrumentality connected the eighth-placed Sharks who request a triumph to stay successful their presumption connected the NRL ladder.

"Every broadside astir that seventh to eighth and from 10th to 13th has that bash oregon dice mentality from present connected in," Raiders seasoned Jarrod Croker said earlier successful the week

"Coming up present [to the Gold Coast], you truly constrictive that absorption and we're up present to triumph games and marque a precocious surge for that eighth [spot]."

Raiders team: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 16. Iosia Soliola 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Hudson Young 13. Ryan Sutton 14. Tom Starling 8. Josh Papaliii 15. Joseph Tapine 17. Ryan James

Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Connor Tracey 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Braydon Trindall 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 15. Siosifa Talakai 12. Teig Wilton 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Mawene Hiroti 11. Briton Nikora 16. Jack Williams 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele

The Sydney Roosters person pulled disconnected a commendable comeback successful Townsville, downing the Cowboys 30-18 aft coughing up 2 aboriginal tries.

The Cowboys looked to person ambushed Trent Robinson's men connected a balmy time successful North Queensland erstwhile Javid Bowen and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow crossed implicit successful the opening sequences of the game.

Scott Drinkwater was successful cruise control, orchestrating the play for the Queenslanders, but arsenic accelerated arsenic the Cowboys sprung to the lead, they conscionable arsenic rapidly recovered themselves trailing by the break.

Billy Smith, Angus Crichton and Joey Manu ran successful 3 unanswered tries to someway snatch backmost the pb 14-12 by half-time, and plaything the momentum heading into the 2nd period.

MORE TO COME.

Neither broadside wants to fto this lucifer descent by, arsenic the Cowboys and Roosters commercialized tries to the last siren.

It's the Roosters who person the borderline acknowledgment to a precocious effort done Tupouniua, but the Cowboys are close successful it acknowledgment to a stunning squad effort minutes earlier.

Don't spell anywhere!

As he's done clip again, Matt Ikuvalu has snuck himself successful astatine the country post, scoring a stunning aerial effort to springiness the Roosters an inch of breathing abstraction arsenic they look to propulsion disconnected a commendable comeback against the Cowboys.

Ikuvalu's four-pointer had an essence of his five-try haul helium scored against the Cowboys successful circular 9 past year, getting precocious disconnected the crushed to interaction down successful the corner.

It puts the Roosters 18-12 wide of the Cowboys with conscionable nether 20 minutes of play near successful Townsville.

The Cowboys person wholly crumbled, coughing up 3 unanswered tries aft stunning the Roosters with an aboriginal double.

Leading 12-0 and successful cruise control, the Cowboys got complacent successful defence and fto Angus Crichton, Billy Smith and Joey Manu transverse implicit successful the blink of an eye, arsenic the Tricolours wrestled backmost the pb by the half.

"Too casual for the Roosters, The Cowboys crack," Fox Sports caller Warren Smith said.

Former Sharks manager Shane Flanagan added: "Poor aged Cowboys."

Cowboys young weapon Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has yet again showcased his jaw-dropping speed, making the Roosters look pedestrian arsenic helium burnt past a slew of Trent Robinson's men en way to a spectacular effort successful Townsville.

Again, the Cowboys had Scott Drinkwater to convey for the setup, arsenic helium divided the Chooks enactment with a slaloming run.

Finding Tabuai-Fidow with the off-load, the youngster inactive had a tract of defenders successful beforehand of him. But it was thing his velocity couldn't negociate arsenic helium turned connected the jets to pain down the helping and the full Roosters' close edge.

"The Hammer sets sail to the corner, what a speedster helium is, helium burns the Roosters...blistering the turf," Caller Warren Smith said successful commentary for Fox Sports.

Former Sharks manager Shane Flanagan added: "Speed, speed, velocity you cant bushed him successful rugby league. You can't grip him, he's excessively quick."

Tabuai-Fidow's effort continues a spectacular commencement for the Cowboys against the Roosters, notching their 2nd effort successful a blistering commencement successful Townsville.

The Cowboys are successful a temper this day successful Townsville.

They've already stunned the Roosters with a beauteous effort acknowledgment to an enterprising play from playmaker Scott Drinkwater.

The five-eighth wholly caught the Chooks off-guard erstwhile helium burst disconnected the ruck with a slaloming run.

WIth the Roosters' enactment split, it was a elemental walk retired to Javid Bowen, who sold his defender with a comfy dummy, to skip implicit for the archetypal points of the afternoon.

"Hot-to-trot present the Cowboys," Caller Warren Smith said successful commentary.

Adding to the Roosters' woes is simply a lukewarm 28 grade time successful Townsville which volition lone favour the location side, with Trent Robinson's men having conscionable travel up from Sydney.

The Cowboys volition look to drawback a four-game losing streak and people a large scalp against an underpowered Chooks outfit.

A triumph volition spot the Cows bolster their top-eight hopes and spell a agelong mode to seeing them gaffe into finals contention by season's end.

It volition beryllium a large accidental to ambush Trent Robinson's Roosters who volition beryllium without superstar fullback James Tedesco disconnected the backmost of Origin duties. Joey Manu volition instrumentality his spot with Billy Smith to travel into the centres.

However, North Queensland won't person it each their ain way, with Valentine Holmes retired with a enarthrosis injury. Fortunately for Todd Payten, Francis Molo and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow volition backmost up aft Origin duties.

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