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NRL match preview: New Zealand Warriors v Wests Tigers

Date: Saturday March 29
Kick-off: 5:00pm (NZ time)

Teams

Warriors

1 Sam Tomkins 2 Glen Fisiiahi 3 Dane Nielsen 4 Jerome Ropati 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Chad Townsend 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Sam Rapira 9 Nathan Friend 10 Ben Matulino 11 Jayson Bukuya 12 Simon Mannering (c) 13 Sione Lousi
Interchange 14 Jacob Lillyman 15 Suaia Matagi 16 Konrad Hurrell 17 Thomas Leuluai

Wests Tigers

1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Keith Lulia 4 Tim Simona 5 Pat Richards 6 Braith Anasta 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah 10 Keith Galloway 18 Cory Paterson 12 Bodene Thompson 13 Adam Blair
Interchange 14 Martin Taupau 15 Ava Seumanufagai 16 Sauaso Sue 17 James Gavet

Preview

New Zealand Warriors will be looking for back-to-back victories as they face an inform Wests Tigers in Wellington.

Wests Tigers have won their last two with their most impressive result coming last week as they disposed of South Sydney in what was at times a spiteful game.  With Tim Simona ruled out with concussion, veteran Tiger Chris Lawrence is a welcome return to the side.  You would expect the Tigers to be a chance with Pat Richards in good early season form, James Tedesco and rookie Luke Brooks in the halves.

New Zealand Warriors defied the odds in Townsville last week against a out of form Cowboys outfit.  They weren’t at their best, but showed true grit to come away with victory.  Wellington’s cooler conditions will suit this side.  In a game that could leak points, Glen Fisiiahi is coming off a double in last week’s victory and will have Sam Tomkins and Manu Vatuvei in support to guide the Warriors to victory.  The only change for the Warriors is Thomas Leuluai replacing Feleti Matao, out with a knee problem.

Wellington has not been a good venue for the ‘home’ side, coming away with one a draw (2001) and five consecutive losses.  Wests Tigers travel to this ground for the first time.

If the Warriors are on-song and get the upper hand in the game, victory is in sight.  However, history shows the Warriors can be inconsistent week in week out so a Tigers victory isn’t out of the question either.

Editor of nothingbutleague since site inception in 2013. Massive Penrith Panthers fan (Member 13120). Email: mattpnbl@outlook.com

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