The Raiders and Cowboys both sit 2-3 after five games and are yet to settle into a groove or find their rhythm.
Such are the vagaries of the draw that they are meeting for the second time inside the first six weeks, the Cowboys proving far too strong in Townsville in round two.
The Cowboys are coming off a golden point heartbreaker against the Warriors while the Raiders were run ragged by a potent Storm outfit 30-16, the fourth game in a row they have conceded more than 20 points.
Defence is sure to be a key focus for Ricky Stuart this week as the Raiders look to put the clamps on a dangerous Cowboys side capable of producing some scintillating attack on their day.
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Raiders: Xavier Savage has been added to the bench for his first game of the season and Matt Frawley drops out. Centre Matt Timoko has been named despite copping a knee to the back against the Storm. Sebastian Kris is listed at 18th man and could come into calculations if Timoko fails to come up.
Cowboys: Coen Hess (shoulder) has been named to return at prop so Reuben Cotter goes back to the bench. Connelly Lemuelu is the other new face on the bench. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Griffin Neame will miss the match due to concussion protocols. No changes to the squad in the 24-hour update on Wednesday,
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick CotricWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew TimokoCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine Holmes
Centre for Raiders is number 4 Semi ValemeiCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan RapanaWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack WightonFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Brad SchneiderHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh PapaliiProp for Cowboys is number 10 Coen Hess
Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Tom StarlingHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph TapineProp for Cowboys is number 16 Reuben Cotter
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Corey Harawira-Naera2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai
2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead2nd Row for Cowboys is number 15 Heilum Luki
Lock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan SuttonLock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Xavier SavageInterchange for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre GulerInterchange for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert
Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Adam ElliottInterchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey HorsburghInterchange for Cowboys is number 17 Connelly Lemuelu
Replacement for Raiders is number 18 Sebastian KrisReplacement for Cowboys is number 23 Ben Hampton
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins
Josh Papalii v Jason Taumalolo: Regardless of the number on their back these two giants are sure to meet head on in the middle of the park at some stage in a battle for supremacy. Taumalolo was immense for the Cowboys in their narrow loss to the Warriors, running for 199 metres from 17 carries in 63 minutes of high quality and high intensity. Papalii was well contained by the Storm and will be keen to increase his output and his influence in a match the Green Machine will enter as favourites on home turf.
The Raiders lost five games by eight points or less last season, including a 26-24 defeat at the hands of the Cowboys in round seven when they gave up an 18-point lead.