2020 NRL – Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Sunday 23rd August, 2020 – 05:00 (UK)

Where is Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? ANZ Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors? 16c, sunny

What channel is Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Canterbury Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Hopoate, Meaney, Lafai, Holland, R. Smith, Foran, Cogger, Ogden, Marshall-King, Tolman, Doorey, Faitala-Mariner, Jackson – Interchanges: Katoa, Thompson, Sue, Averillo – Reserves: To’omaga, Watene-Zelezniak

Unavailable: Joe Stimson (Injured), Adam Elliott (Injured), Jayden Okunbor (Suspended), Dylan Napa (Suspended)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs almost pulled themselves off the bottom of the ladder but they were unable to hold on to the lead having overturned a big deficit in their game with Wests Tigers last week.
  • The Bulldogs started poorly and found themselves 22-6 behind but they scored 22 unanswered points to lead and it looked to be enough for the win until a late try brought Wests level and they were left heartbroken as the Tigers then slotted a field goal shortly after.
  • In a further blow, the Bulldogs have now lost prop Dylan Napa to a ban but Will Hopoate’s inclusion at fullback is an important one while Jake Averillo has also been listed to return from an injury on the Canterbury bench.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Pompey, Perham, Hiku, Jennings, Nikorima, Harris, Taunoa-Brown, Lawton, Burr, Papali’i, Murchie, Tevaga – Interchanges: Egan, Blair, Alvaro, Curran – Reserves: Turner, Beale

Unavailable: Jackson Frei (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Taane Milne (Injured), Lesson Ah Mau (Injured), Leivaha Pulu (Personal Reasons), Agnatius Paasi (Personal Reasons), King Vuniyayawa (Personal Reasons), Ken Maumalo (Personal Reasons), David Fusitu’a (Personal Reasons), Jack Hetherington (Suspended), Eliesa Katoa (Suspended), Patrick Herbert (Injured), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors gave a very good account of themselves against league leaders Penrith Panthers last week but the mountain of possession they faced ultimately proved too much for them.
  • The Panthers enjoyed 58% of the ball on the back of 10 forced drop outs but the Warriors did a superb job to contain them to just 18 points in the face of that pressure with the 12-18 scoreline by no means embarrassing them.
  • On the back of some improved displays, the Warriors will be eager to get back to winning ways here but they will be without Chanel Harris-Tavita and Patrick Herbert to injuries while Eliesa Katoa is banned so Josh Curran, Hayze Perham and Jack Murchie come into the team.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors impressed in defeat last week as they dug deep to limit in-form Penrith Panthers to just 18 points despite seeing plenty of the ball. They still have a slim chance of making the finals but they must win this game to keep those hopes alive. They take on Canterbury Bulldogs who will also be desperate for the win as they attempt to climb off the foot of the ladder. Both teams are capable of winning but with the way the Warriors have played of late, they should be good enough to claim the two competition points.

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