2019 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Sunday 18th August, 05:00

Where is Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Sydney Cricket Ground

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors?
Sydney Roosters – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500001

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

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Mitchell, Manu, Morris, Keary, Cronk, Waerea-Hargreaves, Verrills, Liu, Crichton, Aubusson, Radley – Interchanges: Butcher, Tetevano, Faamausili, Tupouniua Reserves: C Collins, Lam

Unavailable: Jake Friend, Ryan Hall, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Boyd Cordner

  • Sydney Roosters produced a solid display to see off a stubborn Canberra outfit in their top 4 clash to end Round 21 in second place and will look to solidify that spot as they host New Zealand Warriors.
  • Boyd Cordner was hoping to be back for the Roosters this week but will have to wait another after failing to prove his fitness having been named amongst the reserves at the start of the week.
  • The team that Trent Robinson has named this week is the same as the team that defeated Canberra with the exception of Isaac Liu who will start with Zane Tetevano on the bench, although they switched before kick-off last week and could do the same again.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Head Coach: Stephen Kearney

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

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

  • New Zealand Warriors earned a brilliant win over Manly as they blew their opponents away in the first half to stay in the play-off hunt but face a very difficult task to back that up as they face in-form Sydney Roosters.
  • The Warriors have named the same 17 as last week after their upset victory but Kodi Nikorima could be a late inclusion as he bids to overcome the injury that has sidelined him recently.
  • This is a huge game for the Warriors and whilst it will not define their season, they will at least want to be competitive if they cannot find the win as they look to take some form into their final games of the regular season.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters were too good for Canberra last week and will be confident of making it five wins in a row as they host New Zealand Warriors. The visitors also secured an important win but an in-form Roosters team could deal them a big blow in their bid to make the top 8. The Roosters have looked impressive recently and as they build for the play-offs, they should be capable of another victory here.

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