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New Zealand Warriors vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Preview and Team News - Warriors begin life without Shaun Johnson

Andrew Hendrie 13 Mar 2019
  • New Zealand Warriors face Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 1 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Bulldogs have won two of their last three meetings
Warriors face Bulldogs on Saturday

New Zealand Warriors and Canterbury Bulldogs launch the first Super Saturday of the season when they clash at Mt Smart Stadium in NRL Round 1 action.

Both the New Zealand Warriors and Canterbury Bulldogs will be determined to build some early-season form when they collide in the opening round of the NRL season on Saturday.

After promising so much for the bulk of last season, the Warriors’ campaign ended in rather underwhelming fashion, failing to lock down a top four spot, ultimately clinging onto a finals position in eighth and then bowing out in the first week of the finals.

With the loss of Shaun Johnson (and his back-up playmaker Mason Lino), the Warriors are all of a sudden lacking halves - could that impact their creativity and free-playing spirit?

Issac Luke is also injured for the opening game of the season, so there players in key positions for this clash are vastly inexperienced.

Could that mean an opening for the Bulldogs? Dean Pay’s team are the bookies’ favourites for the wooden spoon this season, but as we know, the Dogs love it when their backs are against the wall.

A lot of their potential success depends on whether Lachlan Lewis can avoid second year syndrome and build on what was a very impressive debut last season.

Dylan Napa will makes his Bulldogs debut in place of David Klemmer, while there’s surprisingly no room for Rhyse Martin, the sharpshooting goal-kicker who was one of the form players in the second half of last season.

Both teams will fancy claiming the two points on Saturday, but I’m leaning on the side of an upset for the Bulldogs. The Warriors might struggle without noted halves pairing, while the Dogs love getting in a scrap and grinding their way to victory. I’m backing the away side in a low-scoring and close contest.

Stats


  • Bulldogs have won two of their last three meetings
  • Canterbury lead their head-to-head 18-13 (two draws)
  • Bulldogs won their last clash 27-26 in Round 23 last year

Teams


Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2 David Fusitu’a 3 Peta Hiku 4 Solomone Kata 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Adam Keighran 7 Blake Green 8 Agnatius Paasi 9 Nathaniel Roache 10 Bunty Afoa 11 Adam Blair 12 Tohu Harris 13 Lachlan Burr. Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga 15 Sam Lisone 16 Leeson Ah Mau 17 Blake Ayshford. Reserves: 18 Gerard Beale 20 Ligi Sao 21 Karl Lawton 22 Chanel Harris-Tavita

Bulldogs: 1 Will Hopoate 2 Christian Crichton 3 Kerrod Holland 4 Marcelo Montoya 5 Reimis Smith 6 Kieran Foran 7 Lachlan Lewis 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 Dylan Napa 11 Josh Jackson (c) 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13 Adam Elliott. Interchange: 14 Jeremy Marshall-King 15 Danny Fualalo 16 Corey Harawira-Naera 17 Sauaso Sue Reserves: 19 Jack Cogger 20 Nick Meaney 21 Chris Smith 22 Ofahiki Ogden

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