2020 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Saturday 30th May, 2020 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? 19c, sunny

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons? 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

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

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)

  • New Zealand Warriors face an uphill task this season after they made the move over to Australia to get the NRL season back up and running but their inability to play any games on home soil is likely to hinder them.
  • They were poor in their opening two matches of the campaign as they were nilled by Newcastle Knights before managing just six points in their following contest against Canberra Raiders.
  • They have some significant injury woes and they are also unable to call upon David Fusitu’a for this game who is out due to personal reasons while head coach Stephen Kearney has elected to go with Kodi Nikorima in the halves in what will be his first start of the season.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Wiliame, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Hunt, K. Sims, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, T. Sims, Graham – Interchanges: Kerr, Lawrie, Fuimaono, Aitken – Reserves: Merrin, Clune, Host, Ford

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tim Lafai (Match Fitness)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons failed to win either of their first two matches before the campaign was brought to a stop but they should be able to take some positives from their last game against Penrith, despite blowing a lead late in the contest.
  • The Dragons were ahead with 15 minutes remaining but allowed 14 unanswered points which saw them slip to a 28-32 loss with that defeat meaning they have managed to win just two of their last 12 fixtures.
  • The break in play has served the Dragons well with Cameron McInnes, Tariq Sims, Korbin Sims and Mikaele Ravalawa all back in the fold but there is no place in the side for veterans Issac Luke and Trent Merrin who have been overlooked for selection.

THE PREDICTION

Everyone associated with the NRL owes the New Zealand Warriors a great deal of gratitude for the sacrifices they have made in order to get the season back underway. They left their families at the start of May as they arrived in Australia to fulfil their fixtures in the 2020 campaign. They will have plenty of neutrals cheering them on this season but they have already suffered some strife ahead of their first game back in action. They have a lengthy injury list which will not aid their cause, especially after they looked so poor before the league was temporarily halted with them managing just six points in their two matches. They will need to show a lot more with the ball but even though they come up against another winless side in St. George Illawarra Dragons, the Warriors look set to come out second best here.

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