2020 NRL – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Friday 19th June, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors? 14c, clear skies

What channel is South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors? 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 South Sydney Rabbitohs vs New Zealand Warriors? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Starting 13: Mitchell, Gagai, Graham, Burns, Johnston, Walker, Reynolds, Tatola, Cook, Burgess, Su’A, Lowe, Murray – Interchanges: Knight, Mago, Amone, Sironen – Reserves: Nicholls, Roberts

Unavailable: Hame Sele (Injured)

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs proved too good for Gold Coast Titans as they ended a run of three straight losses with that comfortable victory and they will hope to build on last week’s performance, especially with Latrell Mitchell starting to find his feet in the fullback role.
  • Souths produced a strong first half which saw them lead by 20 points at the break and the Rabbits were able to post some impressive numbers with 36 tackle breaks one of those, double the number that the Titans managed.
  • There is still plenty of room for improvement for the Rabbitohs and they will believe they can show that here in what is an unchanged side following last week’s success although James Roberts could come into the side late on having been named among the reserves.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

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

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

  • New Zealand Warriors put in their best attacking display so far this season as they earned their second victory of the campaign with a win against North Queensland Cowboys last week with the Warriors running in 37 points in that contest.
  • A hat-trick from Peta Hiku proved to be decisive as the Warriors exploited some shoddy defence from the Cowboys and their ability to complete sets was again crucial as their 87% completion rate helped them amass 1,880 metres, over 500m more than their opponents.
  • Stephen Kearney had looked set to remain with an unchanged side following last week’s victory but Agnatius Paasi was named among the interchanges at the expense of King Vuniyayawa 24 hours before kick-off, while star winger David Fusitu’a is also back in contention after sitting out the last two rounds for personal reasons.

THE PREDICTION

South Sydney Rabbitohs will face tougher assignments than they faced last week against Gold Coast Titans but their first half showing has given them something to build on moving forward. The Rabbitohs were much better with the ball as they ran in 26 points in the first period, largely thanks to some major involvements from Latrell Mitchell. They will come up against a New Zealand Warriors outfit who will be full of confidence after a win of their own last week but Souths have dominated recent meetings with nine wins from their last 10 clashes and they should be able to cover -7.5.

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