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Match Preview: Round 16 vs Warriors

Wests Tigers will travel to Auckland on Sunday to face off against the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

The match will be the first game to be played in New Zealand since 2019, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the Warriors to relocate to Australia.

Warriors fans at Mount Smart for their last home game against Souths in 2019
Warriors fans at Mount Smart for their last home game against Souths in 2019

For the visitors, James Roberts and Stefano Utoikamanu are both set to make their return from injury, with the latter coming off the interchange bench.

Adam Doueihi has been named to join Utoikamanu on the bench with Fa’amanu Brown set to start at hooker for the first time in the NRL since Round 23, 2017.

Alex Twal will miss the match due to a nasty concussion sustained against the Bulldogs. His spot will be filled by Fonua Pole, who has progressed through the club’s SG Ball, Jersey Flegg and NSW Cup teams over the past year to make his first grade debut.

Pole in action for Western Suburbs Magpies in the NSW Cup
Pole in action for Western Suburbs Magpies in the NSW Cup

After a four-try haul and man of the match performance against the Cook Islands last weekend, David Nofoaluma will be hoping to carry his stellar representative form into this clash.

Mt Smart Stadium has produced mixed results for Wests Tigers over the past two decades, with the club winning five of their twelve encounters at the stadium, including three of their last six.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 14 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Starford To'a
  • Centre for Warriors is number 18 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 James Roberts
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Ronald Volkman
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson Hastings

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Jazz Tevaga
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Fa'amanu Brown
  • Prop for Warriors is number 20 Aaron Pene
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 4 Euan Aitken
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Kelma Tuilagi
  • Lock for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Adam Doueihi
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Fonua Pole
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 22 Freddy Lussick
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Austin Dias

Reserves

  • Replacement for Warriors is number 16 Eliesa Katoa
    Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 21 Jacob Liddle

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger

Last updated:

Time - 2:00 pm AEDT (4:00 pm Local)

Venue - Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

 

TV, Radio and Live Stream Information:

TV - FOX League (Ch. 502)

Radio - ABC Grandstand 702, 2GB 873

Live Stream - KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.)

Latest PlayUp Odds:

Head-to-Head - New Zealand Warriors ($1.48) v Wests Tigers ($2.65)

Line - New Zealand Warriors -4.5 ($1.90) v Wests Tigers +4.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 10:00am, Wednesday, 29th June. 18+ only. Gamble Responsibly.

History:

Head-to-Head - Played 34, New Zealand Warriors 18, Wests Tigers 16

At Mt Smart Stadium - Played 12, New Zealand Warriors 7, Wests Tigers 5

Last Time They Met - New Zealand Warriors 16 def. Wests Tigers 12 (Round 3, 2022)

Match Officials:

Referee - Chris Sutton

Senior Review Official - Kasey Badger

Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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