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

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Friday 2nd August, 09:00

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

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

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

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

Canberra Raiders – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500013

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Beale, Hiku, Ayshford, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Paasi, Luke, Ah Mau, Blair, Papali’i, Tevaga – Interchanges: Burr, Lisone, Afoa, Harris-Tavita – Reserves: Lawton, Curran, Pompey, Keighran

Unavailable: Tohu Harris, Nathaniel Roache, David Fusitu’a, Issac Luke

  • New Zealand Warriors suffered a controversial defeat at the hands of Parramatta to place a huge dent in their bid to make the play-offs and now face a very difficult task against an in-form Canberra side.
  • The Warriors had hoped hooker Issac Luke could overturn a grade-two dangerous throw charge but instead he was slapped with an extra game and must sit out the next three contests.
  • He is still listed in the side for the Warriors but will likely be replaced by Karl Lawton whilst Kodi Nikorima is back at five-eighth after overcoming his ankle injury which sees Chanel Harris-Tavita revert to the bench and Adam Keighran dropping out of the 17.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Simonsson, Croker, Oldfield, Rapana, Wighton, Sezer, Papalii, Hodgson, Soliola, J. Bateman, Whitehead, Tapine – Interchanges: Havili, Guler, Horsburgh, Lui – Reserves: Williams, Young, Kris, Hunt

Unavailable: Joey Leilua, Luke Bateman, Ryan Sutton, Nick Cotric

  • Canberra were too good for Penrith ahead of their much-anticipated contest as the Raiders consolidated their spot in the top 4 and continue to shape as one of the teams that can claim the premiership.
  • The Raiders are on the verge of welcoming back the likes of Ryan Sutton and Luke Bateman but this week has come too soon for all of their injured troops with none of them even named amongst the reserves.
  • Head coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged 17 this week after such a solid display at Penrith but Hudson Young is back in the mix having been named in the reserves following his ban for eye-gouging.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors will need to put last week's refereeing controversy behind them and turn their anger into positive energy to aid their hunt for a play-off spot. They will need to be at the top of their game as they host Canberra but are likely to fall short against the red-hot Raiders. The away side have been pretty consistent all year and will back their defence all day long but they are also capable of racking up points when required and should have too much for the Warriors.

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