Saturday’s (06/06/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 13 match is between South Sydney Rabbitohs and New Zealand Warriors. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at NIB Stadium. The home team South Sydney Rabbitohs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between South Sydney Rabbitohs and New Zealand Warriors.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 06/06/2015
Where: NIB Stadium
Tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.68
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Aaron Gray at $10.00
1. Greg Inglis 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dylan Walker 4. Bryson Goodwin 5. Aaron Gray 6. John Sutton 7. Luke Keary 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Isaac Luke 10. David Tyrrell 11. Nathan Brown 12. Chris McQueen 13. Jason Clark Interchange: 14. Cameron McInnes 15. Chris Grevsmuhl 16. Tim Grant 17. George Burgess 18. Ben Lowe 19. John Olive.
1 Sam Tomkins 2 Jonathan Wright 3Tuimoala 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 (capt. Interchange: 14 Siliva Havili 15 Sebastine Ikahihifo 16 Sam Lisone 17 Albert Vete 18 Dominique Peyroux 19 Ken Maumalo.
The Warriors have beaten an injury-hit Newcastle 24-20 in Auckland to maintain their momentum in the NRL with their third victory in a row.
However, it was another close-run thing for the Warriors, whose last five matches have now been decided by four points or fewer.
Newcastle winger Akuila Uate’s second try, when he powered over from dummy half with five minutes to go, was converted to make for a grandstand finish.
But the Warriors were able to hold out to prevent Newcastle from doing the double over them this season.
The Knights made three late changes to their starting 13, with skipper Kurt Gidley (thigh), prop Kade Snowden (neck) and lock Jeremy Smith (sternum) ruled out.
They were down to a three-man bench within five minutes after halfback Tyrone Roberts limped off with an ankle injury.
The Warriors struck immediately in front of a crowd of 13,203 with a Shaun Johnson break ending with centre Tuimoala Lolohea scoring.
When winger Manu Vatuvei climbed above Uate to dot down, the home side were out to a 10-0 lead and looking comfortable.
However, after a Warriors mistake deep in their own territory, Knights fullback Dane Gagai scored from the ensuing scrum, his speed putting him into a hole.
Newcastle thought they had made it a quick double, but winger James McManus was called back after an 80-metre run for an earlier Knights tackle that got them the ball.
Instead, prop Ben Matulino crashed over to extend the Warriors’ lead, before Uate got one back on Vatuvei by scoring in his marker’s tackle.
With the home side up 14-8 at halftime, centre Solomone Kata gave them some breathing space when he busted the line to grab his ninth try of his debut season.
The Knights, who had lost six of their previous seven matches, refused to go away and McManus did get his try to close the gap.
But the Warriors struck back with 12 minutes to go, a Bodene Thompson bust and Johnson kick into the in-goal finished off by winger Jonathan Wright.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change