2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Friday 12th June, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys? 15c, partly cloudy

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys 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 North Queensland Cowboys? 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 North Queensland Cowboys? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Herbert, Beale, Hiku, Pompey, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Burr, Katoa, Harris, Blair – Interchanges: Lawton, Faamausili, Vuniyayawa, Murchie – Reserves: Papali’i, Harris-Tavita

Unavailable: Jackson Frei (Injured), Bunty Afoa (Injured), Nathaniel Roache (Injured), Jazz Tevaga (Injured), Taane Milne (Injured), Lesson Ah Mau (Injured), Adam Keighran (Injured), David Fusitu’a (Personal Reasons), Ken Maumalo (Suspended)

  • New Zealand Warriors were unable to build on their nilling of St. George Illawarra Dragons as they were kept scoreless themselves in last week’s clash with Penrith Panthers and they must show a lot more on both sides of the ball if they are to bounce back.
  • The Warriors lacked creativity with the ball and rarely looked like causing the Panthers any issues as they managed an average of just 38.2 metres per set, almost 10m less than their opponents which played a big part in Stephen Kearney’s side losing the battle for field position.
  • With such a long list of players unavailable to them, the Warriors are boosted by the return of Peta Hiku from injury in place of Hayze Perham in the centres while Lachlan Burr comes in for Isaiah Papali’i.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Holmes, Feldt, O’Neill, Marsters, Tabuai-Fidow, Drinkwater, Clifford, Molo, Robson, McLean, Dunn, Hess, McGuire – Interchanges: Cotter, Gilbert, Wright, Cooper – Reserves: Taumalolo, Opacic

Unavailable: Michael Morgan (Injured), John Asiata (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys were unable to make it three consecutive wins as they fell to a sloppy loss to Cronulla Sharks last week in a contest where they were architects of their own downfall thanks to a multitude of errors.
  • The Cowboys were right in the game throughout but their inability to retain possession proved costly as, despite seeing more of the ball than the Sharks, their 17 errors resulted in a completion rate of just 61% and that poor showing has seen changes to this week’s team.
  • Ben Hampton and Jake Granville are both axed and John Asiata is out through injury so Reuben Cotter comes onto the bench with Coen Hess back from injury while Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is handed a debut on the wing and key man Jason Taumalolo will also return in what will be a late inclusion from the list of reserves.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors were brought back down to earth with a bump last week as they went from nilling their opponents to been nilled themselves as they put in a poor showing against Penrith Panthers. They now face another side that failed to fire in Round 4 as North Queensland Cowboys coughed the ball up too frequently and ultimately lost to Cronulla Sharks as a result. Both teams will be desperate to respond here but the Cowboys should improve with the changes made to their side and are likely to make it six wins in their last eight games against the Warriors.

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