Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Warriors

Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Warriors

Wests Tigers will look to open season 2016 on a winning note when they take on the Vodafone Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Having put 50 points past the Warriors in their most recent encounter in Round 25 last year, Jason Taylor’s side will head into Saturday’s encounter full of confidence, but well aware of the attacking threat that their opponents possess, with a new-look spine of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Johnson, Jeff Robson and Isaac Luke to debut together.

Tipped by many as a top-four certainty in 2016, the Warriors head into Saturday’s game on the back of a convincing loss to the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in their final trial. The men from across the Tasman have a notoriously bad record at the start of the year, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they can kick into gear straight away on Saturday.

For Wests Tigers, playing in hot conditions will no doubt suit the home side, although they will be hampered by the losses of Dene Halatau and Luke Brooks to suspension and hooker Robbie Farah to a knee injury. Young gun hooker Manaia Cherrington will make his first NRL start after an impressive debut season in 2015, while Jordan Rankin, Jack Littlejohn, Josh Aloiai and Tim Grant will all make their Club debuts this weekend.

With plenty of family-friendly activities for Multicultural Round, all three grades and glorious sunshine featuring on the day, it’s shaping as a wonderful day out to kick start season 2016 and an intriguing clash between two very contrasting opponents.

Be there for the first game of 2016 when we take on the Warriors! Get your tickets here!


Match Details

Date — Saturday, March 5, 2016

Time — 5:30pm (Gates open 1:05pm)

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Ashley Klein and Chris Suttor

Touch Judges — Russell Turner and Ricky McFarlane

Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Steve Chiddy

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live via Fox Sports 1 (subscription required)

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB (check local guides)

Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Warriors

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

New Zealand Warriors

James Tedesco

1

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

David Nofoaluma

2

Tuimoala Lolohea

Kevin Naiqama

3

Blake Ayshford

Tim Simona

4

Solomone Kata

Jordan Rankin

5

Manu Vatuvei

Mitchell Moses

6

Shaun Johnson

Jack Littlejohn

7

Jeff Robson

Aaron Woods (capt.)

8

Jacob Lillyman

Manaia Cherrington

9

Isaac Luke

Tim Grant

10

Ben Matulino

Curtis Sironen

11

Ben Henry

Chris Lawrence

12

Ryan Hoffman (capt.)

Sauaso Sue

13

Simon Mannering

Kyle Lovett

14

Nathaniel Roache

Josh Aloiai

15

Sam Lisone

Ava Seumanufagai

16

James Gavet

Jack Buchanan

17

Bodene Thompson

Michael Chee Kam

18

Honathan Wright

 

20

Albert Vete

Jason Taylor

Coach

Andrew McFadden

 

2016 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

TRIAL — Wests Tigers 18 def. Melbourne Storm 16

TRIAL — Wests Tigers 30 drew Cronulla Sharks 30

 

New Zealand Warriors

TRIAL —  New Zealand Warriors 40 def. Gold Coast Titans 18

TRIAL — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 46 def. New Zealand Warriors 10

 

Last Time They Met — Rd.25, 2015 (Wests Tigers 50 def. Warriors 16)

With both sides out of running for the finals and ravaged by a number of injuries, Wests Tigers blew out with the Warriors with a convincing attacking performance in their final home game of the season. Robbie Farah set up three tries and scored one himself, while David Nofoaluma (2), Tim Simona, James Tedesco and Kevin Naiqama all bagged tries.

Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Warriors

The History

·       Against the Warriors — Played 25, Won 12, Lost 13

·       At Campbelltown Stadium — Played 5, Won 3, Lost 2

 

Three Final Facts

·       Wests Tigers have won their first home game of the year every year since 2007

·       Wests Tigers have lost just eight of their last 23 games at Campbelltown Stadium

·       This is the Warriors’ only Sydney game until Round 16 of the 2016 NRL Season

 

Match Preview: NRL Round 1 vs. Warriors

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