2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Friday 14th August, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers? 16c, rain

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

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

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

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)

  • ● New Zealand Warriors produced another superb display as they shocked Manly Sea Eagles last week with that success handing the Warriors an outside chance of mounting a challenge for a top eight spot.
  • Having earned back-to-back victories for the first time this season thanks to the 22-26 triumph at Lottoland, the Warriors will take a lot from that display and they will need to use the confidence earned from that as they face a tricky test against Penrith Panthers.
  • ● The Warriors played 20 minutes of last week’s game with 12 men after suffering two yellow cards but that did not stop them and although they have lost Jack Hetherington to suspension on the back of his sin-binning last week, the rest of the team remains unchanged.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Aekins, Mansour, May, Crichton, Naden, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo – Interchanges: Laurie, Leniu, Leota, Tetevano – Reserves: Edwards, Burns

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Brian To’o (Injured), Dean Whare (Injured), Charlie Staines (Injured)

  • ● Penrith Panthers continued their brilliant run of form to remain at the top of the NRL ladder as they overcame Canberra Raiders last week in what was a sensational first half performance.
  • ● It was a ruthless display from the Panthers as they led 24-0 at the break with their defence holding firm despite coming under some serious pressure and Penrith have now not conceded a single point in the opening 20 minutes of their last 12 matches.
  • ● The Panthers have opted to name an unchanged side for this clash in which a victory will set a new club record of nine consecutive victories, although Dylan Edwards is listed among the reserves and could be a late inclusion if he can prove his fitness.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors have produced some eye-catching performances this season in light of some extremely difficult circumstances but last week’s win over Manly Sea Eagles was arguably their best so far. The Warriors had to overcome some real adversity during that game but came out on top to make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season. They now face a huge test as they come up against top of the ladder Penrith Panthers who have won eight straight matches. The Warriors will hope to at least be competitive in this clash but the Panthers should be able to outclass them and they can win by at least 16 points.

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