2021 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Sunday 4th April, 2021 – 09:15 (UK)

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

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

What channel is Sydney Roosters 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 Sydney Roosters 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

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, J. Morris, Manu, B. Morris, Hutchison, Walker, Liu, Lussick, Taukeiaho, Crichton, Tupouniua, Radley – Interchanges: Ikuvalu, Waerea-Hargreaves, N. Butcher, Baker – Reserves: E. Butcher, Marschke

Unavailable: Sam Verrills (Injured), Billy Smith (Injured), Boyd Cordner (Injured), Jake Friend (Injured), Adam Keighran (Injured), Luke Keary (Injured), Lachlan Lam (Injured), Lindsay Collins (Injured), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Suspended)

  • Sydney Roosters produced a very poor performance as they were comfortably beaten by fierce rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs but it was not the manner of that display that was the biggest takeaway for the Roosters in that game.
  • In a devastating blow, influential halfback Luke Keary has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign after suffering an ACL injury in that contest while his partner in the halves Lachlan Lam is also set to spend a spell on the sidelines so youngster Sam Walker will debut here.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Pompey, Montoya, Maumalo, Nikorima, O’Sullivan, Fonua-Blake, Egan, Afoa, Katoa, Sironen, Harris – Interchanges: Tevaga, Murdoch-Masila, Ah Mau, Murchie – Reserves: Turner, Berry

Unavailable: Karl Lawton (Injured), Jackson Frei (Injured), Euan Aitken (Injured), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured), Jamayne Taunoa-Brown (Suspended), Peta Hiku (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors looked set to suffer a second straight loss as they trailed Canberra Raiders 31-10 with less than half an hour remaining but they produced a spectacular fightback to score 24 unanswered points to snatch a dramatic late win.
  • The Warriors showed their attacking quality in abundance in what was a superb victory for the Kiwi side and having amassed 1,902 metres in that success, they will hope their forward pack can lay the platform for them here once again.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters saw their Premiership hopes suffer a devastating blow as they went down to South Sydney Rabbitohs last week but it was the loss of Luke Keary to a season-ending injury that did the most damage. The Roosters already have a mounting injury list and they have been forced into making four changes to last week’s side. They have a big task to overcome that poor performance, especially as they come up against a New Zealand Warriors side that produced a remarkable comeback last week. They overturned a 21-point deficit in the final 30 minutes of their game with Canberra Raiders and with confidence high for the Kiwi outfit, the Warriors can prevail with the benefit of a +12.5 start here.

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