Monday’s NRL 2016 Round 4 Match is between New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights with the game to be played at the Mt Smart Stadium. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the home team New Zealand currently holding favouritism. View our NRL live scores, stream, odds and results for the game between New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights.
When: 14:05 | Monday 28/03/2016
Where: Mt Smart Stadium
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Tuimoala Lolohea 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Solomone Kata 5. Jonathan Wright 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Jeff Robson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Charlie Gubb 15. Sam Lisone 16. Konrad Hurrell 17. Albert Vete
* Konrad Hurrell comes onto the bench for Nathaniel Roache (ankle). Sam Lisone (shoulder) returns from injury at the expense of James Gavet.
1 Dane Gagai 2 Nathan Ross 3 Sione Mata’utia 4 Pat Mata’utia 5 Cory Denniss 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Trent Hodkinson (c) 8 Sam Mataora 9 Tyler Randell 10 Korbin Sims 11 Jacob Saifiti 12 Robbie Rochow 13 Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14 Danny Levi 15 Mickey Paea 16 Lachlan Fitzgibbon 17 Pauli Pauli
* Unchanged from draw with the Raiders.
It was the third time in the opening four games they’ve lost a contest at the death, but Penrith coach Anthony Griffin said it was still a good learning experience for his team.
The Panthers blew a late lead against St George Illawarra on Sunday, going down 14-12 after Dragons skipper Gareth Widdop nailed a clutch kick in the 76th minute to steal a tough NRL win.
Griffin’s men had also faltered against Canterbury a fortnight ago as rookie Kerrod Holland kicked his team to victory after the siren and then back in round one where the Panthers lost a cliffhanger to Canberra.
But Griffin, who now has just one win in four matches after taking over from coach Ivan Cleary, said he wasn’t concerned by their late-game fadeouts.
“No, it’s a big lesson for us,” he said post-game.
“The positive is in general we’ve got a really tough football team there that’s competing every week. We just need to be smarter about what we’re doing. We’re just killing ourselves.”
The former Brisbane coach was proud of the effort, but bemoaned some choices in attack.
It was the third time this year the Panthers (14) had hit double digits for errors.
“We shot ourselves in the foot all day. Our effort just kept getting us back into the game but we made some really poor decisions with the ball, particularly coming out of our own end,” he said.
“Obviously a mountain of effort going on there. We were turning up for each other defensively today but I felt like we never got on the right leg in attack the whole day.”
The Panthers will also be sweating on the fitness of Bryce Cartwright, who failed to return to the field in the second half after dislocating his finger.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change