2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Saturday 4th July, 2020 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos? 12c, clear skies

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos 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 New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos? 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 New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Hiku, Fusitu’a, Herbert, Beale, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Paasi, Murchie, Harris, Blair – Interchanges: Harris-Tavita, Hetherington, Lawton, Papali’i – Reserves: Vuniyayawa, Pompey

Unavailable: Jackson Frei (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Jazz Tevaga (Injured), Taane Milne (Injured), Lesson Ah Mau (Injured), Adam Keighran (Injured), Eliesa Katoa (Injured), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Suspended)

  • New Zealand Warriors failed to make their early opportunities count and their inability to cross the line when they were on top proved to be a huge turning point as Melbourne Storm punished them by racking up 50 points.
  • The Warriors conceded nine tries in the rout and crossed just once themselves as their issues with scoring points continued with their average per game now standing at just 11.3 through seven matches this season, the second lowest in the NRL.
  • To make matters worse for the Warriors, they have lost influential skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to a ban while Poasa Faamausili has been recalled by the Sydney Roosters but they have been able to bolster their ranks with the addition of Penrith Panthers forward Jack Hetherington.

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Niu, Isaako, Farnworth, Boyd, Coates, Milford, Croft, Haas, Luke, Flegler, Glenn, Pangai Jnr., Carrigan – Interchanges: Dearden, Kennedy, Te’o, Oates – Reserves: Kennar, Hopoate

Unavailable: Jack Bird (Injured), Jordan Kahu (Injured), Sean O’Sullivan (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), David Fifita (Injured), Jake Turpin (Injured), Kotoni Staggs (Injured), Joe Ofahengaue (Suspended), Matt Lodge (Injured)

  • Brisbane Broncos suffered a new low for what has already been a terrible season as they were defeated by Gold Coast Titans in their Queensland derby and another defeat here against fellow strugglers New Zealand Warriors could be the end of the road for head coach Anthony Seibold.
  • The Broncos served up another diabolical performance with their effort questioned by many having gone in at the break 22 points down and their discipline must improve moving forward with Brisbane leading the NRL with 54 penalties conceded so far this season.
  • There are more enforced changes for Seibold this week with Matt Lodge injured and Joe Ofahengaue banned so Tom Flegler and Patrick Carrigan return having sat out through suspension last week.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos will both be desperate to come out on top of this game with the loser likely to be in big trouble at the wrong end of the ladder. The top eight already looks a big ask for either side having produced some poor performances. The Broncos have conceded 209 points so far which is more than any side in the NRL while the Warriors are not far behind with 182 and with both defences lacking, this should be an open game where points should flow and there should be at least 42 in the contest.

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