2018 NRL – Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 19th August, 05:00 (UK)

Where? ANZ Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors 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-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=DGS2318

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Hopoate, B. Morris, J. Morris, Holland, R. Smith, Lewis, Marshall-King, Tolman, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Martin, Elliott – Interchanges: Fualalo, Ogden, Eastwood, Frawley – Reserves: Toomaga, Olive

Unavailable: Kieran Foran, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Marcelo Montoya

  • Canterbury couldn’t make it three wins in a row as they fell to a disappointing defeat at Manly. The Bulldogs went in ahead at the break but were kept pointless in the second half as the Sea Eagles beat them 18-6.

  • Lachlan Lewis is back in the side at five-eighth with Matt Frawley lining up on the bench after he was initially named in the reserves.

  • The Bulldogs slipped back in to wooden spoon contention after last week’s loss and are now level on points with both the Cowboys and Eels at the foot of the NRL ladder.

WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Beale, Kata, Maumalo, Green, Johnson, Gavet, Luke, Paasi, Papali’i, Blair, Mannering – Interchanges: Tevaga, Pulu, Afoa, Hiku – Reserves: Vuna, Satae

Unavailable: Nathaniel Roache, Tohu Harris, Sam Lisone

  • New Zealand Warriors were comfortable victors over Newcastle last week. The Warriors went behind to an 11th minute try but didn’t concede a point after that as they controlled the game in a 20-4 win.

  • Stephen Kearney has named an unchanged side from last week’s win although Chris Satae could be a late inclusion from the reserves after a long lay-off.

  • Back-to-back wins for the Warriors has given them a great chance of securing their place in the play-offs. They now sit four points ahead of Wests Tigers and a win here would guarantee a top 8 spot.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors can secure their place in the top 8 with a win here against a Canterbury side looking for a win to help boost their chances of avoiding the wooden spoon. The Warriors were comfortable winners last week to ensure they maintained their four-point lead over Wests Tigers. A third straight win here would not only be a confidence-booster but it would seal the Warriors’ place in the play-offs after the Tigers were defeated on Saturday. The Bulldogs remain in trouble at the bottom after they lost for the first time in three games and although they should put up a good fight here, a lack of quality will cost them as the Warriors make it three wins in a row.