Written by Christopher Tearse
Friday, June 5, 6.00 PM, Round 4, Campbelltown Stadium, Penrith Panthers take on New Zealand Warriors NRL Match Preview
It was hard to predict how the New Zealand Warriors would respond after everything they have been through, but they came out against the St George Illawarra Dragons with only one intention, to destroy.
The Warriors showed a lot of character and have sparked some belief in their season for 2020, now they take on a Panthers side that is expected to make the top 4. This will be a great test for the Warriors to see where their mind and skill set is, make no mistake this is a showdown and the forwards who plough the way will set up the win.
The Penrith Panthers
1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Matt Burton 7. Jarome Luai 8. James Tamou 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo Reserves: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Liam Martin 18. Brent Naden 19. Billy Burns 20. Jack Hetherington 21. Charlie Staines
Coach: Ivan Cleary
The New Zealand Warriors
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Karl Lawton 4. Gerard Beale 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Adam Blair 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Isaiah Papali’i Reserves: 14. Jack Murchie 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. King Vuniyayawa 17. Josh Curran 18. Chanel Harris-Tavita 20. Hayze Perham 21. Adam Pompey 22. Leivaha Pulu
Coach: Stephen Kearney
The last time these two teams met the New Zealand Warriors at home lost to the Penrith Panthers 18-19, previously, in earlier years the Penrith Panthers have had the edge on the Warriors at home winning 70% of there meetings looking at the last ten games played between them, overall the Panthers like playing the New Zealand Warriors winning 70% of encounters over the past ten games.
New Zealand Warriors for the win.
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