2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Saturday 21st March, 2020 – 04:00

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders? 29c in sunny skies

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

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Pompey, Fusitu’a, Keighran, Maumalo, Harris-Tavita, Green, Ah Mau, Egan, Burr, Katoa, Harris, Blair – Interchanges: Nikorima, Taunoa-Brown, Papali’i, Vuniyayawa – Reserves: Perham, Pulu

Unavailable: Jackson Frei (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Josh Curran (Injured), Agnatius Paasi (Injured), Gerard Beale (Injured), Jazz Tevaga (Injured), Taane Mlne (Injured), Patrick Herbert (Personal Reasons), Peta Hiku (Personal Reasons)

  • New Zealand Warriors put in an awful attacking display in round 1 as they failed to score a single point in their loss to Newcastle and they will have to quickly pick themselves up as they face a tough task against Canberra.
  • The Warriors will be without three-quarters Patrick Herbert and Peta Hiku who have both returned to New Zealand for personal reasons and that will mean they are unavailable for the foreseeable future due to the government implemented rules surrounding coronavirus.
  • One possible replacement in Taane Milne will also be unavailable after he suffered a season-ending ACL injury in last week’s Canterbury Cup so Adam Pompey and Adam Keighran are the two to come into the side.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Simonsson, Croker, Scott, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, Tapine, Whitehead, Horsburgh – Interchanges: Havili, Guler, Soliola, Oldfield – Reserves: S. Williams, Sutton

Unavailable: Hudson Young (Suspended), John Bateman (Injured), Sebastian Kris (Illness)

  • Canberra did what was required as they put in a professional performance to see off the challenge of Gold Coast in their season opener and they still have plenty of room for improvement ahead of this trip to Gold Coast to face New Zealand Warriors.
  • The Raiders have named the same 17 as last week although Corey Horsburgh and Joe Tapine have switched positions in the back row with Tapine set to be used on the edges with Horsburgh reverting to a more favoured position through the middle.
  • Ryan Sutton has served the suspension that he picked up last season and will be available for selection if head coach Ricky Stuart decides to make any late changes to his side with the Englishman named among the reserves.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors have been forced to stay in Australia to fulfil their fixtures in the NRL and that means they have surrendered home advantage for this game with Canberra. They may be distracted by being unable to return to New Zealand and having failed to even score a point last week, another poor performance could be in the offing. The Raiders did a solid job to earn the win last week and they should be able to cover -10 here.

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