August 26, 2021 1:41 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Friday 27th August, 2021 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders taking place? BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders 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 Canberra Raiders? 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

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Walsh, Watene-Zelezniak, Hiku, Pompey, Montoya, O’Sullivan, Townsend, Fonua-Blake, Egan, Lodge, Curran, Aitken, Sironen – Interchanges: Nikorima, Afoa, Katoa, Tevaga – Reserves: Berry, Evans

Unavailable: David Fusitu’a (Injured), Tom Ale (Injured), Tohu Harris (Injured), Leeson Ah Mau (Personal Reasons), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Injured), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors’ hopes of playing finals football suffered a huge blow as they went down to Brisbane Broncos last week, ending their winning run at three matches and meaning they now need to win-out to have any hope of making the top eight.
  • It looks like a tall order for the Warriors who had been performing so well of late but they were their own worst enemies in that contest as they failed to ask enough questions with ball in hand despite failing to complete just six sets.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Rapana, Simonsson, Kris, Tomoko, Smith-Shields, Wighton, Frawley, Papalii, Hodgson, Tapine, Young, Whitehead, Sutton – Interchanges: Nicoll-Klokstad, Guler, Horsburgh, Havili – Reserves: S. Williams, Lui

Unavailable: Xavier Savage (Injured), Corey Harawira-Naera (Suspended), Jarrod Croker (Injured), Tom Starling (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders lost for the second game in succession to leave themselves with plenty of work to do to force their way into the top eight as they failed to capitalise on facing a Manly Sea Eagles side without key man Tom Trbojevic.
  • The Raiders had gone into the break leading 12-0 but not for the first time this season, they fell away when it mattered in the second period as they allowed Manly to score 19 unanswered points before snatching a late consolation in the final minute of the game.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams desperately need the win here with the loser set to miss out on a spot in the finals. Even a win for either side will leave them with more work to do, especially as they need to respond to last week’s respective disappointing defeats. New Zealand Warriors could not overcome Brisbane Broncos while Canberra Raiders blew a half-time lead before falling to Manly Sea Eagles. There is little to split the pair based on how they have performed so far this season and this game could go either way as a result but preference is just for the Warriors who look the more capable of snatching a result.

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