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06 Apr 2018 by TSZ

​2018 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 07th April, 08:30 (UK)

Where? Mt Smart Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys will not be televised live in the UK Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/...

THE STATISTICS


THE LOWDOWN

WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Hiku, Kata, Maumalo, Green, Johnson, Afoa, Luke, Paasi, Pulu, Harris, Blair – Interchanges: Tevaga, Lisone, Mannering, Gelling – Reserves: Sao, Lino, Satae, Nicoll-Klokstad

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache, Gerard Beale, Isaiah Papali’I, James Gavet

  • New Zealand Warriors produced arguably their best performance of the season which resulted in their most impressive win so far as they comfortably overcame Sydney Roosters last week. The Warriors controlled the game after going behind early on, winning 6-30.
  • The Warriors should have Shaun Johnson back for this after he sat out the Roosters game with a groin injury. Simon Mannering and Sam Lisone also return to boost head coach Stephen Kearney’s ranks with Ligi Sao and Tevita Satae dropping to the bench.
  • Having dominated all over the park, the Warriors will be keen for a repeat performance on home soil but face another stern test. The Warriors completed at 80% last week whilst also seeing 62% of the ball. Similar figures this week should see them remain undefeated.

COWBOYS

Head Coach: Paul Green

Starting 13: Hampton, Feldt, O'Neill, Bowen, Winterstein, Morgan, Thurston, Scott, Granville, Bolton, Cooper, Hess, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Martin, Asiata, Jensen, Lowe – Reserves: Molo, Coote, Tuala, Laybutt

Unavailable: Josh Chudleigh, Shaun Fensom, Kane Linnett, Jordan McLean

  • North Queensland’s stuttering start to the season continued as they suffered a shock defeat at home to Penrith. The 14-33 loss was the Cowboys’ third loss in a row and they now travel to New Zealand to face the unbeaten Warriors.
  • Origin-hopeful Jordan McLean suffered a foot injury in last week’s loss and he will miss up to three months, leaving his Origin chances in the balance. Corey Jensen comes onto the bench to replace him.
  • The Cowboys have plenty to fix as they look to get back on track. Their execution is letting them down this season with them having 58% of the ball against the Panthers but the Cowboys made double the number of errors with 12.

THE PREDICTION

In the second of the double header at Mt Smart, New Zealand Warriors will be keen to extend their 100% start to the season against a faltering North Queensland Cowboys. The Warriors were brilliant in their victory over the Roosters last week, even without their talisman Shaun Johnson who was a late withdrawal. He returns this week and comes up against a side that haven’t clicked into gear as yet. The Cowboys have just one win from four and will need to be better with the ball if they are to start picking up some competition points. However, they face a white-hot Warriors who will fancy their chances of picking up another win on home soil and can make it five on the bounce here.

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