Canberra star Jack Wighton has claimed some of the Raiders’ players are “napping” during games and it’s costing the team.
The Raiders blew a 12-0 lead to lose 18-12 to North Queensland at GIO Stadium.
They scored the only two tries in the first half, before being crushed late in the game to lose to the death.
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Immediately after the match, Wighton put on a crestfallen figure while talking to Danika Mason about Nine.
“Very frustrated after leading at halftime,” Wighton said.
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“We have to look at each other individually… people (are) taking a nap.
“Something will have to change or we have no more hope.”
Playing the Raiders in Canberra is considered the NRL’s toughest road trip – especially for the Cowboys, given the difference in climate between Townsville and the nation’s capital.
And although the Cowboys took a long time to warm up in the game, when they snapped, they were just too good for their opponent.
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League legend Andrew Johns was stunned by the second-half comeback.
“They were gone. They were gone, they were wobbly,” Johns said of North Queensland.
“But they hung on in that first half, the half came at the right time. Then the second half, damn it, they played well.
“Some of their young players… they’re building something there at the Cowboys.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Raiders, who face Penrith next week.
The Cowboys host Gold Coast in a Queensland derby.
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