2020 NRL – Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Friday 31st July, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors? 13c, clear skies

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

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, Lawrence, Mbye, Talau, Walters, Marshall, Aloiai, Grant, Clark, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: McIntyre, Mikaele, Brooks, Blore – Reserves: Seyfarth, Jennings

Unavailable: Jacob Liddle (Injured), Zane Musgrove (Injured), Joey Leilua (Suspended), Russell Packer (Suspended), Michael Chee-Kam (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers put in a spirited effort against Parramatta Eels last week but they ultimately succumbed to a 26-16 loss with a lack of ball in the second half proving to be their downfall and having dropped to ninth on the ladder, they will be eager to respond here.
  • The Tigers completed at just 72% which resulted in a 46% share of the ball and having made 14 errors against the Eels, they will be looking to reduce that number this week having made just 107 all campaign which is the second-fewest in the NRL.
  • There are big changes for the Tigers this week with impressive lock Alex Twal back in the side following an injury while Luke Garner and Thomas Mikaele are also back following concussion and knee issues.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Herbert, Pompey, Hiku, Jennings, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Lawton, Hetherington, Katoa, Harris, Tevaga – Interchanges: Egan, Blair, Alvaro, Burr – Reserves: Papali’i, 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), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors gave Sydney Roosters a scare last week as they pushed the reigning premiers all the way in a closely-fought contest but despite leading at the break, the Warriors were unable to hold on as they were kept scoreless in the second half.
  • The Warriors were superb in the opening half as they kept things simple and they took their chances but errors became an issue as the game progressed and they ended up totalling 14 and the weight of possession for the Roosters turned the game in their favour.
  • The 10-18 scoreline was better than the Warriors may have anticipated after their recent struggles but they must now do without first-choice wingers Ken Maumalo and David Fusitu’a who have returned to New Zealand but the arrival of on-loan pair George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro from Parramatta Eels is a big boost.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers sit in the familiar position of ninth following last week’s loss to Parramatta Eels but they competed well for large spells of that contest and with a stronger line-up this week, they can make an immediate return to winning ways. They host New Zealand Warriors in a bid to boost their top eight hopes and they will be confident despite a solid performance from the Warriors against Sydney Roosters last week. The New Zealand outfit are now without two of their best players after Ken Maumalo and David Fusitu’a returned home and with Wests winning five of the last six meetings between the two, the Tigers should be able to win this one by at least 14 points.

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