Saturday’s (22/08/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 24 match is between New Zealand Warriors and Nth Queensland Cowboys. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at Mt Smart Stadium. The away team Nth Queensland Cowboys are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between New Zealand Warriors and Nth Queensland Cowboys.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 22/08/2015
Where: Mt Smart Stadium
Tip: Nth Queensland Cowboys at $1.22
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Lachlan Coote at $11.00
1 Sam Tomkins 2 Ken Maumalo 3 Dominique Peyroux 4 Solomone Kata 5 Jonathan Wright 6 Chad Townsend 7 Tuimoala Lolohea 8 Jacob Lillyman 9 Nathan Friend 10 Albert Vete 11 Sione Lousi 12 Ryan Hoffman 13 Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: 14 Konrad Hurrell 15 Bodene Thompson 16 Sam Lisone 17 Charlie Gubb 18 Matthew Allwood.
1 Lachlan Coote 2 Matthew Wright 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Johnathan Thurston (c) 8 Matthew Scott (c) 9 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 John Asiata 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Coen Hess 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant.
The Warriors want to snap a crisis of confidence when the NRL’s two ice-cold teams meet in Penrith on Saturday.
Four straight losses, by an average score of 27-6, have sent the Warriors plummeting from fourth to 10th with four games remaining.
That might normally send them into a state of panic as they head to the venue where the Panthers thrashed them by a club record 62-16 two seasons ago.
However, the 14th placed hosts have problems of their own, having lost five straight and suffered an even heavier injury toll than the beleaguered Warriors.
Visiting coach Andrew McFadden doesn’t have time to sympathise with the Panthers, having spent a fraught week trying to lift his team following their 36-0 humbling from St George Illawarra in Wellington on Saturday.
“We are lacking a bit of confidence. We’re down on experience and a bit of class as well,” McFadden said.
“We’ve got some pretty key players on the sideline.”
The loss of prop Ben Matulino to suspension and wing Manu Vatuvei (shoulder) is another blow to their go-forward prosects, which are at least enhanced by the return to fitness of second-rower Ryan Hoffman following five weeks out.
McFadden says while the Warriors are still firmly in play-off contention, the players decided in the wake of their Dragons drubbing that it won’t be a top of conversation again.
“We’ve had a few discussions about how important the next month is,” McFadden said.
“I’m very disappointed about what happened at the weekend.
“You can handle losing, but we certainly let ourselves down there, so we’ve got pride to play for.”
Attacking back Konrad Hurrell, who was dropped for the Dragons game, returns on the bench.
McFadden suggested the chastened centre could benefit from entering a game later, but rejected a suggestion the 24-year-old is best suited to a permanent place on the bench.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change