2019 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Saturday 7th September, 06:00

Where is Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? GIO Stadium

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors?
Canberra Raiders – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500013

New Zealand Warriors – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500032

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Simonsson, Oldfield, Croker, Cotric, Kris, Wighton, Sezer, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, Young, Whitehead, Sutton – Interchanges: Havili, Guler, Horsburgh, Collins – Reserves: Rapana, Starling

Unavailable: Luke Bateman, Joe Tapine, Joey Leilua, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Sia Soliola, John Bateman

  • Canberra all-but sealed their spot in the top 4 as they edged Cronulla in golden point after responding to a 12-point half-time deficit and can look forward to a huge trip to either Melbourne or Sydney Roosters next week.

  • Joe Tapine was due to return from a rib cartilage injury for the Raiders but has been given another week to recover ahead of the play-offs and is joined on the sidelines by several of his teammates as head coach Ricky Stuart opts to rest some of his stars.

  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Sia Soliola and John Bateman are three who have definitely been left out whilst Jordan Rapana is only listed as a reserve and will only feature if one of the backs is unfit.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Pompey, Ayshford, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Paasi, Luke, Ah Mau, Blair, Papali’i, Tevaga – Interchanges: Burr, Afoa, Sao, Keighran – Reserves: Curran, Milne

Unavailable: Tohu Harris, Nathaniel Roache, Karl Lawton, Gerard Beale, Peta Hiku, Patrick Herbert, Chanel Harris-Tavita

  • New Zealand Warriors look like ending the season on a real low after a fifth loss in six matches as they went down to South Sydney and face a tough task here even though they are facing a slightly under-strength Raiders team.

  • Chanel Harris-Tevita will be missing for the Warriors despite avoiding a broken arm but he still suffered ligament damage and is likely to require surgery that will rule him out of the international games at the end of the season.

  • Peta Hiku and Patrick Herbert will also miss the season finale for the Warriors through injury with Adam Pompey and Blake Ayshford the new men in the centres whilst Bunty Afoa and Adam Keighran come onto the bench in what will be Issac Luke’s final game for the club.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra showed some real character and not for the first time this season as they bounced back from a poor first half to defeat Cronulla in golden point. That win should will see them finish inside the top 4 barring a freak turnaround and they should be able to end their regular season campaign with a win despite resting a couple of their star men with the Warriors looking desperately out of touch at the business end of the season.

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