2021 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Sunday 2nd May, 2021 – 05:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs North Queensland Cowboys 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 North Queensland Cowboys? 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: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Pompey, Berry, Maumalo, Walsh, Nikorima, Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Evans, Curran, Murdoch-Masila, Harris – Interchanges: Tevaga, Ah Mau, Afoa, Sironen – Reserves: O’Sullivan, Kosi

Unavailable: Karl Lawton (Injured), Euan Aitken (Injured), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured), Addin Fonua-Blake (Injured), Eliesa Katoa (Injured), Peta Hiku (Injured), Paul Turner (Injured), Marcelo Montoya (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors showed some impressive signs in patches against Melbourne Storm last week but that was nowhere near good enough to compete with the premiers as they were on the end of a big loss.
  • The Warriors shipped 42 points and despite scoring 20 for themselves, ten of those came in the final seven minutes when the game was well and truly beyond them but debutant Reece Walsh made a big impression and he will slot into the halves in this one.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Holmes, Feldt, O’Neill, Lemuelu, Taulagi, Drinkwater, Hampton, Hess, Robson, McLean, Wright, Condon, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Granville, Burr, Molo, Jensen – Reserves: Hola, Bowen

Unavailable: Kane Bradley (Injured), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Injured), Mitchell Dunn (Suspended), Reuben Cotter (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys looked like they were set to fall short in their quest to make it three wins in a row but they produced a brilliant turnaround in their clash with Canberra Raiders to secure a superb triumph.
  • The Cowboys fell 6-24 behind but they responded with 20 unanswered points which saw them keep the Raiders scoreless in the second half of that clash and Todd Payten is now boosted by the return of Jason Taumalolo at lock.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Warriors and North Queensland Cowboys will both fancy their chances here but it is the Cowboys that will be supremely confident having turned their season around of late. They have won their last three and were mightily impressive as they fought back from an 18-point deficit to edge Canberra Raiders last week. The Warriors on the other hand were well-beaten by Melbourne Storm and while there is no shame in that, they must show big improvements to compete for the full 80. The pair have demonstrated that they know where the try line is but they have also struggled defensively so this should be a high-scoring affair that produces over 43.5 points.

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