2019 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunday 5th May, 05:00

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Mt Smart Stadium

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights?
New Zealand Warriors – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500032

Newcastle Knights – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500003

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Beale, Hiku, Herbert, Maumalo, Harris-Tavita, Green, Paasi, Luke, Ah Mau, Papali’i, Harris, Burr – Interchanges: Roache, Blair, Perham, Satae – Reserves: Kata, Sao

Unavailable: David Fusitu’a, Jazz Tevaga

  • New Zealand Warriors put in a valiant display but were cruelly defeated by a Brodie Croft drop-goal against Melbourne last week as their efforts fell just short in what would have been a huge upset.

  • The Warriors were missing a plethora of talent last week but have the likes of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Blake Green back here in a big boost as they look to build on last week’s gutsy performance.

  • Tohu Harris returns to the second row after filling in at halfback last week whilst Peta Hiku reverts to centre with Hayze Perham and Tevita Satae coming onto the bench in place of the injured Jazz Tevaga and Bunty Afoa who is dropped.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Nathan Brown

Starting 13: Ponga, Lee, Hunt, Mata’utia, Kenny-Dowall, Watson, Pearce, Klemmer, Levi, D. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Barnett, Glasby – Interchanges: Ese’ese, Gavet, King, Mann – Reserves: Lino, Buher

Unavailable: Slade Griffin, Jacob Saifiti, Aidan Guerra, Jesse Ramien

  • Newcastle Knights ended their long wait for a win after they beat Parramatta to bring their five-match losing run to a halt and will now look for back-to-back wins since three-quarters of the way through last season.

  • The Knights had doubts over several players this week with Jesse Ramien, Kalyn Ponga and Sione Mata'utia all picking up knocks but Ramien is only one to be ruled out so far with Mata’utia taking his spot in the centres.

  • Kurt Mann is the new man on the bench in the only change for the Knights and will be looking to make an impact having found himself out of the match day 17 for the last three matches.

THE PREDICTION

A patched-up Warriors side showed plenty of heart as they pushed Melbourne all the way last week and were unfortunate to lose by a point. They now host Newcastle who claimed their first win in six last week but will face a tough task to beat a dogged Warriors outfit in New Zealand. If the Warriors can produce a similar performance to last week they will be in with a great chance of claiming the win, especially with the expected return of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Blake Green.