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10 May 2019 by Ash Wheldon

2019 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons taking place? Saturday 11th May, 08:30

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons taking place? Suncorp Stadium

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream New Zealand Warriors vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand Warriors vs St. George-Illawarra Dragons?
New Zealand Warriors – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500032

St. George-Illawarra Dragons – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500022

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Hiku, Herbert, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Paasi, Roache, Ah Mau, Papali’i, Harris, Burr – Interchanges: Tevaga, Afoa, Sao, Lawton – Reserves: Beale, Satae, Harris-Tavita, Luke

Unavailable: Adam Blair

  • New Zealand Warriors failed to build on their impressive performance against Melbourne as they were comfortably beaten by Newcastle as their issues with consistency continue to blight them.

  • Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Blake Green returned for the Warriors last week and Jazz Tevaga is also expected to be back for this Round 9 clash after he was initially named on the interchange bench.

  • In a further boost for the Warriors, David Fusitu’a returns on the wing and will line-up alongside new teammate Kodi Nikorima who will make his debut after arriving from Brisbane but Adam Blair is out through suspension.

ST. GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Lomax, Lafai, Ravalawa, Field, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, T. Sims, Lawrie – Interchanges: Latimore, Aitken, Host, Leilua – Reserves: Allgood, Pearson, Timm, Kerr

Unavailable: Jack de Belin, Gareth Widdop, Korbin Sims, Corey Norman

  • St. George suffered defeat in an entertaining clash with Parramatta as the Dragons failed to bounce back from their loss to the Roosters and the Dragons will now face a tough ask to avoid losing three in a row.

  • The Dragons will be without Corey Norman for around a month after he suffered a fractured cheekbone to leave a huge hole in the halves with that task falling to Jai Field which will be his first game of 2019.

  • St. George are otherwise unchanged as head coach Paul McGregor sticks with the other 16 who played last week despite them fading badly in the second half against Parramatta with Field needing to play with plenty of energy to gain a response from his teammates.

THE PREDICTION

Despite seeing the return of their two most influential players, New Zealand Warriors failed to overcome Newcastle last week which summed up their season so far. They now face a weakened St. George side who will need to overcome the loss of Corey Norman in a game that is hard to call. Predicting how the Warriors will fare on any given week has been a nightmare so far this season with their inconsistent displays proving to be a real issue and with Stephen Kearney shaking his side up, it might have the desired effect to edge this one.

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