2021 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 30th July, 2021 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Wests Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Laurie, Nofoaluma, Mbye, Talau, Maumalo, Doueihi, Brooks, Utoikamanu, Liddle, Tamou, Blore, L. Leilua, Ofahengaue – Interchanges: Twal, Amone, Simpkins, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Tuilagi, Cini

Unavailable: Russell Packer (Injured), Asu Kepaoa (Injured), James Roberts (Isolation), Luke Garner (Injured), Alex Seyfarth (Injured), Thomas Mikaele (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers suffered another big loss as they went down to Manly Sea Eagles last week and despite scoring 24 points in that contest, it was not enough as they allowed their opponents to run in 44.
  • That was a fourth loss in five matches for Wests who are still in the hunt for a spot in the top eight but it will take a remarkable turnaround in fortunes to mount a serious challenge with matches running out for them.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Starting 13: Walsh, Watene-Zelezniak, Pompey, Aitken, Montoya, Hiku, O’Sullivan, Taunoa-Brown, Otukolo, Murdoch-Masila, Katoa, Sironen, Tevaga – Interchanges: Nikorima, Afoa, Evans, Vailea – Reserves: Kosi, Petterson-Robati

Unavailable: David Fusitu’a (Injured), Tom Ale (Injured), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Injured), Wayde Egan (Injured), Tohu Harris (Injured), Rocco Berry (Injured), Matt Lodge (Suspended), Addin Fonua-Blake (Injured), Jack Murchie (Injured) Chad Townsend (Injured) Leeson Ah Mau (Personal Reasons), Josh Curran (Injured)

  • New Zealand Warriors will be looking to end the season on a high with their hopes of making the finals all but over after suffering a seventh successive defeat last time out against South Sydney Rabbitohs in which they shipped 60 points in the process.
  • The Warriors are having to deal with an unprecedented amount of unavailable players for a variety of reasons and they must now cope without talismanic captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who has secured an early release from his contract before reverting to rugby union.

THE PREDICTION

These two teams are both on the outskirts of the top eight at present and while they are not out of the race to make the finals, it would be a surprise to see either side make it. Wests Tigers appear to have a greater chance owing to possessing an extra two competition points but their form will need to improve having lost four of their last five. For New Zealand Warriors, they have suffered seven straight losses and with a plethora of talent on the sidelines, they are unlikely to end that run here, even against an underwhelming Wests outfit.

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