NRL News 2022, Canberra Raiders vs North Queensland Cowboys, Tom Starling Try, Video

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League legends couldn’t hide their bewilderment at North Queensland’s ‘soft’ defence, which opened the door for an easy Canberra try in the opening minutes of their clash at the GIO Stadium.

Raiders hooker Tom Starling scored the opening try after just three minutes and it was the second straight week that the Cowboys conceded a ridiculously soft try from the dummy half.

A gap opened up in the middle of the field and the No.9 couldn’t believe his luck, slinking past opposing striker Coen Hess and hitting under the post.

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“That was just soft — didn’t put a hand on him,” Andrew Johns captioned Nine’s comment.

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Last week, Warriors hooker Kodi Nikorima found a gargantuan gap down the Cowboys’ right and scored with no North Queensland player around.

“Each dummy half sees that space inside the 10-yard line and says ‘thank you,'” Cameron Smith said after the Starling attempt.

“This is one of the easier tries Starling will ever get.”

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