2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Saturday 29th August, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Scully Park, Tamworth

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights? 20c, sunny

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

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

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

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), Patrick Herbert (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors were not at their best but showed some good character to respond from a 14-6 deficit as they kept their slim top eight hopes alive with a tight win over Canterbury Bulldogs last week.
  • The Warriors struggled with the ball in the first half but having gone eight points down, they responded in great fashion as they scored 14 unanswered points to earn the two points and make it three wins from their last four matches.
  • Paul Turner produced a solid debut last week but he will make way for Chanel Harris-Tavita who was absent with a head knock against the Bulldogs and there is further good news for the Warriors with Eliesa Katoa returning in the second row following a ban.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, To’a, Tuala, Shibasaki, Hunt, Lino, Pearce, Klemmer, Mann, J. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, Barnett – Interchanges: Crossland, Ese’ese, King, Saulo – Reserves: Jones, Randall

Unavailable: Jayden Brailey (Injured), Tim Glasby (Injured), Edrick Lee (Injured), Andrew McCullough (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured), Sione Mata’utia (Injured), Bradman Best (Injured), Daniel Saifiti (Injured), Blake Green (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights produced an underwhelming performance but did enough to see off North Queensland Cowboys as they moved a step closer to confirming their place in the finals.
  • The Knights blew numerous opportunities with the ball as they managed to cross for just two tries despite enjoying 56% possession in a game littered with errors, but they will be contest that they kept the Cowboys scoreless in the 12-0 success.
  • Newcastle may point to the early injury suffered by Blake Green as partly to blame for their issues with the ball and with his season over with an ACL injury, the Knights will turn to Mason Lino to line-up in the halves alongside Mitchell Pearce.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors have somehow managed to keep their season alive despite the difficult circumstances that they find themselves in. They still have a real chance of qualifying for the finals but it is likely that they must win this game to keep those hopes alive. They take on a Newcastle Knights outfit that struggled last week despite claiming the victory over North Queensland Cowboys and they will need to improve here if they are to avoid an upset against a buoyant Warriors side. However, the side from New Zealand have impressed over the last month and with their defence showing some real robustness, they can come out on top of this one with the aid of a +8.5 start.

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