2021 NRL – New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction
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When is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Friday 19th March, 2021 – 07:00 (UK)
Where is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Where can I get tickets for New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches
What channel is New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights 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
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THE TEAM NEWS
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS
Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu’a, Pompey, Hiku, Maumalo, Nikorima, Harris-Tavita, Fonua-Blake, Egan, Taunoa-Brown, Katoa, Sironen, Harris – Interchanges: Tevaga, Murdoch-Masila, Ah Mau, Afoa – Reserves: O’Sullivan, Murchie
Unavailable: Karl Lawton (Injured), Jackson Frei (Injured), Euan Aitken (Injured)
- New Zealand Warriors got their season off to a superb start as they proved to be far too good for Gold Coast Titans to get new head coach Nathan Brown off to a strong opening and they will be confident of backing it up here.
- The Warriors were 19-6 victors thanks to a sound defensive effort and better ball control than their opponents with their simple gameplan paying dividends as they completed 40 of their 44 sets for a 91% completion rate.
Starting 13: Hoy, To’a, Tuala, Best, Hunt, Crossland, Pearce, Klemmer, Brailey, D. Saifiti, Frizell, Barnett, Watson – Interchanges: Sue, J. Saifiti, King, Jones – Reserves: Saulo, Shibasaki
Unavailable: Edrick Lee (Injured), Kalyn Ponga (Injured), Blake Green (Injured), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Injured), Jirah Momoisea (Injured), Kurt Mann (Injured)
- Newcastle Knights made a comfortable start to the new season as they earned a 32-16 win over Canterbury Bulldogs with their front row running the show and their speed out of dummy half from the returning Jayden Brailey could be key to their success this campaign.
- Brailey was back following a long-term knee injury and he played off the back of a superb showing from David Klemmer and Daniel Saifiti who ran for a combined 391 metres in what was a dominant performance.
New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights were both impressive winners in their own right in Round 1 and this is an interesting matchup as the pair go head-to-head. Both teams will have their sights on the top eight this campaign and will be buoyed by their efforts last week but with the Warriors making their intentions clear in trying to protect the ball and giving the ball little flight, this could be a war of attrition as two big packs lock horns and a low-scoring affair of under 38.5 points could be the result.