New Zealand vs Fiji – Quarter-final – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Rugby League World Cup
When is New Zealand vs Fiji on and what time does it start? New Zealand vs Fiji will take place on Saturday 5th November, 2022 – 19:30 (UK)
Where is New Zealand vs Fiji taking place? New Zealand vs Fiji will take place at MKM Stadium in Hull, England
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What channel is New Zealand vs Fiji on in the UK? New Zealand vs Fiji will be televised live on BBC in the UK
Where can I stream New Zealand vs Fiji in the UK? New Zealand vs Fiji can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer in the UK
THE TEAM NEWS
- New Zealand were too good for Ireland in their final game of the group stage and while that made it three victories from three, there is a general feeling that there is a lot more to come from the Kiwis.
Michael Maguire is able to name his first-choice spine for just the second time in the tournament and he will hope to see some continuity built within those partnerships but prop Jared Waerea-Hargeaves will be absent after copping a one-match ban in the win over Ireland.
Squad: 1 Joseph Manu, 2 Ronaldo Mulitalo, 4 Peta Hiku, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Dylan Brown, 7 Jahrome Hughes, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Brandon Smith, 10 James Fisher-Harris, 11 Isaiah Papali’i, 12 Kenny Bromwich, 13 Joseph Tapine, 14 Kieran Foran, 16 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17 Briton Nikora, 19 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 20 Isaac Liu, 21 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 23 Scott Sorensen
- Fiji were given a run for their money against Scotland last week but ultimately did enough to finish in second spot behind Australia in Pool B which will see them take on New Zealand for the right to feature in the semi-finals.
Fiji caused an almighty upset back at the same stage of the 2017 RLWC when they dumped the Kiwis out of the tournament but they will have to go up a few levels to replicate that feat with the likes of Api Koroisau and Viliame Kikau set to be pivotal to their chances.
Squad: 1 Sunia Turuva, 2 Maika Sivo, 3 Korbin Sims, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Mitieli Vulikijapani, 7 Brandon Wakeham, 9 Api Koroisau, 10 Ben Nakubuwai, 11 Taniela Sadrugu, 12 Viliame Kikau, 13 Tui Kamikamica, 14 Penioni Tagituimua, 15 Tevita Toloi, 16 Lamar Manuel-Liolevave, 17 King Vuniyayawa, 19 Semi Valemei, 20 Henry Raiwalui, 22 Siua Wong, 24 Vuate Karawalevu
New Zealand certainly boast the quality to win this Rugby League World Cup but their performances to date have not set the world alight and they need to be wary of slipping up against a potentially dangerous Fiji outfit. The Kiwis were dumped out of the last RLWC by Fiji in what was a stunning upset but that will serve as motivation for New Zealand to earn revenge. The Fijians have shown they have some superb players in their ranks during the tournament so far but they will need to put together a complete 80-minute effort to get the better of their opponents in this one and the Kiwis are unlikely to repeat their horror show of 2017 so expect them to run out comfortable winners by at least 18 points.