Wests Tigers take on the New Zealand Warriors in their final pool stage match of the 2015 Auckland Nines — a match that could well have some big consequences for both teams and their hopes of taking out this year’s title.

The Warriors come into the tournament this year as heavy favourites following their strong performances last year, but with plenty of talent across the Hunua Pool, could well find themselves needing a win in their final pool stage match to guarantee their progression to the knockout rounds. The same could also apply for Jason Taylor’s side, who may need a determined performance to topple the hosts and secure a spot in the knockout stages.

Either way, it’s shaping as another action-packed clash, which should provide plenty of highlights, so let’s take a look at how this one shapes up.

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Match Details

Date — Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time — 10:50am AEDT (12:50pm local time)

Venue — Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

 

TV, Radio and Live Stream Details

TV — Live via Fox Sports 1, Channel 501 (check local guides)

Radio — Triple M Sydney 104.9 (check local guides)

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Twitter — Click here to follow Wests Tigers on Twitter for all live scores

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

New Zealand Warriors

Sitaleki Akauola

Shaun Johnson (capt.)

Nathan Brown

Matt Allwood

Jack Buchanan

Nathan Friend

Manaia Cherrington

Ben Henry

Josh Drinkwater

Ryan Hoffman

Asipeli Fine

Solomone Kata

Salesi Funaki

Ngani Laumape

Delouise Hoeter

Sam Lisone

Chris Lawrence (capt.)

Tuimoala Lolohea

Lamar Liolevave

Sione Lousi

Kyle Lovett

Suaia Matagi

Joel Luani

Ben Matulino

Kevin Naiqama

Ken Maumalo

Pat Richards

Nathaniel Roache

Brenden Santi

Bodene Thompson

Ava Seumanufagai

Sam Tomkins

Tim Simona

Chad Townsend

Sauaso Sue

Manu Vatuvei

Coach: Jason Taylor

Coach: Andrew McFadden

 

 

2014 Auckland Nines Results

Wests Tigers

Game I — Gold Coast Titans 22 def. Wests Tigers 7

Game II — Wests Tigers 21 def. Cronulla Sharks 15

Game III — Newcastle Knights 25 def. Wests Tigers 0

 

New Zealand Warriors

Game I — New Zealand Warriors 25 def. Canberra Raiders 14

Game II — New Zealand Warriors 27 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4

Game III — New Zealand Warriors 28 def. North Queensland Cowboys 23

Quarterfinal — New Zealand Warriors 17 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 16

Semifinal — North Queensland Cowboys 8 def. New Zealand Warriors 0

 

Key Matchup: Manaia Cherrington vs. Nathan Friend

Manaia Cherrington

 

Nathan Friend

20

Age

33

Hooker

Position

Hooker

Yet to make debut.

FG Debut

R12, 2002 (vs. Wests Tigers)

Yet to make debut.

NRL Games

197 (11 vs. Wests Tigers)

Yet to make debut.

Tries

11 (0 vs. Wests Tigers)

NYC Team of the Year (2014)

Junior Kiwis (2013-14)

Honours

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