Round 22 Preview Warriors Vs Knights

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New Zealand Warriors Vs Newcastle Knights
Venue: Mount Smart Stadium
Date: 10/08/2018
Time: 6:00pm AEST


Warriors
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
2. David Fuistu'a
3. Gerard Beale
4. Solomone Kata
5. Ken Maumalo
6. Blake Green
7. Shaun Johnson
8. James Gavet
9. Issac Luke
10. Ignatious Paasi
11. Isaiah Papali'i
12. Adam Blair
13. Simon Mannering
14. Jazz Tevage
15. Leivaha Pulu
16. Bunty Afoa
17. Peta Hiku
20. Joseph Vuna
22. Karl Lawton

Knights
1. Kayln Ponga
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Cory Denniss
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Jack Cogger
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Herman Ese'ese
9. Dany Levi
10. Daniel Saifiti
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Mitchell Barnett
13. Aidan Guerra
14. Jamie Buhrer
15. Chris Heighington
16. Pasami Saulo
17. JJ Felise
18. Nick Meaney
21. Luke Yates

Match Preview
The Warriors won for the first time in 22 years at the home of the Dragons last week. Given their poor form over recent weeks, winning this week could help push towards the top 4. The Knights are wanting to use the last few weeks to really cement their team as a force for next year.

Key Matchups
There are a few key matchups in this game. Obviously the halves of both teams being massive factors in the game with Pearce and Cogger facing off against Johnson and Green. The Knights spine has been a but hit and miss with the injuries and the Warriors have had similar issues this season. The other test will be how Kalyn Ponga's battle with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck plays out. Kalyn Ponga's form has been outstanding, but Tuivasa-Sheck showed his personal brilliance last week.


Jeremy's Prediction
Well the Warriors have managed to sway some of the shared worries about a late season slide. The Knights came back strong but let in too many points early. If the Warriors can show the grit in defense they showed last week then they should take this win. Just trying to work out if it will be a close one or a blowout.

Warriors win by 8, First Try Scorer - David Fusitu'a

- Jeremy

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