2021 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Sunday 18th July, 2021 – 04:50 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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

What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers 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 Penrith Panthers? 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, Berry, Aitken, Montoya, Tuivasa-Sheck, Townsend, Fonua-Blake, Egan, Lodge, Sironen, Harris, Tevaga – Interchanges: Nikorima, Katoa, Curran, Ah Mau – Reserves: Evans, Pompey

Unavailable: Peta Hiku (Injured), David Fusitu’a (Injured), Tom Ale (Injured), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors made it five losses in a row as their top eight hopes suffered another blow with an underwhelming effort against Cronulla Sharks last week and time is running out for them to get their season back on track.
  • The Warriors were lacklustre with ball in hand but they will shift Roger Tuivasa-Sheck into the halves for this contest alongside the returning Chad Townsend in a bid for greater creativity in attack.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Staines, Crichton, Naden, To’o, Burton, Ty. May, Leota, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Capewell, Yeo – Interchanges: Kenny, Sorensen, Leniu, Martin – Reserves: Tago, Eisenhuth

Unavailable: Nathan Cleary (Injured), Jarome Luai (Injured)

  • Penrith Panthers were far from their best but managed to overcome Parramatta Eels last time out to make it back-to-back successes and they will hope to build on that to solidify their top two spot.
  • The Panthers are expecting their Origin contingent to back-up after Wednesday’s game but they are missing first-choice halves pairing Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai and that will present them with a big challenge here.

THE PREDICTION

Penrith Panthers will have to cope without their two key men with halves pairing Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai both absent for this contest. The Panthers were able to overcome Parramatta Eels with a gutsy effort in a closely-fought game but the loss of Luai on the back of that leaves them with a big challenge. New Zealand Warriors will look to capitalise but they come into this on the back of five losses in a row and Penrith’s defence should be able to repel them sufficiently to be able to come out on top in this one.

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