Round 25 Preview: Warriors v Raiders

New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders
Location: Mt Smart Stadium
Date: Friday 31 August
Time: 6:00pm AEST

Line ups: 

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  2. David Fusitua 
  3. Peta Hiku
  4. Solomone Kata
  5. Ken Maumalo
  6. Mason Lino 
  7. Shaun Johnson
  8. Bunty Afoa
  9. Isaac Luke
  10. Agnatius Paasi
  11. Adam Blair
  12. Tohu Harris
  13. Simon Mannering
  14. Jazz Tevaga
  15. Isaiah Papali’i
  16. Gerard Beale
  17. Leivaha Pulu
  18. Anthony Gelling
  19. Tevita Satae

  1. Brad Abbey
  2. Nick Cotric 
  3. Michael Oldfield
  4. Joseph Leilua
  5. Jordan Rapana
  6. Blake Austin
  7. Sam Williams
  8. Dunamis Lui
  9. Josh Hodgson
  10. Shannon Boyd
  11. Iosia Soliola 
  12. Elliott Whitehead
  13. Josh Papalii
  14. Emre Guler
  15. Junior Paulo
  16. Siliva Havili
  17. Luke Bateman
  18. Jack Murchie 
  19. Liam Knight

The Warriors are back in the finals but the Raiders are in form and are playing like a side with nothing to lose and that is very dangerous for a side with a lot to play for. 

The Warriors need to win and with a bit of luck with other results over the round they could get themselves a home playoff with a win this week. 

Main Key Match Up: Isaac Luke v Josh Hodgson
The battle of 2 of the best hookers in the game today will be very intriguing and will most likely hold the key to who wins this match. 

Isaac Luke seems to be back to his best form that saw him help South Sydney charge to the grand final in 2014. He’s a big key to the Warriors fortunes. 

Josh Hodgson is an English international and is a big cog in the green machine. He gets their attack going and helps their forwards get on he front foot. 

Prediction: Warriors by 8
I see the Warriors starting to lift for their tilt for the finals and I can see them giving the Raiders a hard time in New Zealand this round. 



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