Sunday (31/05/2015) NRL 2015 Round 12 match is between New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the game to be played at Mt Smart Stadium. The home team New Zealand Warriors are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between New Zealand Warriors and Newcastle Knights.
When: 14:05 | Sunday 31/05/2015
Where: Mt Smart Stadium
Tip: New Zealand Warriors at $1.35
Warriors: 1 Sam Tomkins 2 Jonathan Wright 3 Tuimoala Lolohea 4 Solomone Kata 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Chad Townsend 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jacob Lillyman 9 Nathan Friend 10 Ben Matulino 11 Bodene Thompson 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: 14 Siliva Havili 15 Seb Ikahihifo 16 Sam Lisone 17 Albert Vete.
Knights: 1) Dane Gagai 2) James McManus 3) Sione Mata’utia 4) Joseph Leilua 5) Akuila Uate 6) Kurt Gidley 7) Tyrone Roberts 8) Kade Snowden 9) Adam Clydsdale 10) David Fa’alogo 11) Beau Scott 12) Tariq Sims 14) Jeremy Smith Int: 14) Tyler Randell 15) Chris Houston 16) Korbin Sims 17) Jack Stockwell 18) Joseph Tapine.
Warriors second-rower Bodene Thompson says he’s had better performances over 80 minutes.
But he agrees his golden-point try that secured the under-manned Warriors a dramatic 17-13 NRL win over Parramatta would rate as one of the biggest plays of his career.
That said, he still wants to deflect attention on to his teammates, saying his touchdown in the fifth minute of extra time “just happened to be the icing on the cake”.
“When that happens, everyone looks at the guy that got the try,” he said.
“But when you’re out there, you see all the boys dying for the 80 minutes and tackling their butts off. It’s more pleasing to get the two points for them and the club.”
It was the Warriors’ second win in successive weekends in Sydney and it kept them in the top eight as they headed into this week’s bye.
They got past the Eels despite having just a two-man bench for most of the match after second-rower Ryan Hoffman and hooker Thomas Leuluai went off.
Hoffman suffered concussion, but has recovered to be selected for the NSW Origin side.
However, Leuluai is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Thompson moved to the Warriors from Wests Tigers at the end of last season and has been part of an unchanged starting pack through the first 10 rounds.
The Tauranga-born 26-year-old has shown his durability by spending all but a total of 14 minutes on the field.
He said he felt in good shape despite the heavy workload, but would use the bye week for some quality down time.
“The body is feeling good,” he said.
“This weekend, I’ll really take the time to chill out and just really kick back.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change