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[VIDEO] New Zealand Warriors vs Newcastle Knights Highlights: NRL scores, blog

31st May, 2015

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Warriors Vs. Newcastle

2015 NRL Premiership Season, 1 June, 2015

Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Warriors 24 defeated Newcastle 20
Warriors Newcastle
24 FINAL SCORE 20
5 TRIES 4
2/5 CONVERSION KICKS 2/4
0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
 
Top scorers:
  • Warriors - Manu Vatuvei 4pts (1T 0G)
  • Newcastle - Akulia Uate 8pts (2T 0G)
Important moments:
  • Warriors took the lead at the 9 min. mark 1st half
  • Dane Gagai (Newc) scored at the 75 min. mark 2nd half
 
Referee: Cummins, B
Touch judges: MacFarlane, R & Elliott, A
Time: 2.00pm (AEST)
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
TV: Live, Fox Sports 1
Betting: Warriors $1.30, Knights $3.60

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

Coach: Andrew McFadden

Knights
1 Dane Gagai
2 James McManus
3 Sione Mata’utia
4 Joseph Leilua
5 Akuila Uate
6 Kurt Gidley (c)
7 Tyrone Roberts
8 Kade Snowden
9 Adam Clydsdale
10 David Fa’alogo
11 Beau Scott
12 Tariq Sims
13 Jeremy Smith

Interchange
14 Tyler Randell
15 Chris Houston
16 Korbin Sims
17 Jack Stockwell
18 Joseph Tapine

Coach: Rick Stone
The Bulldogs take on the Warriors, but this 'home' game is taking place across the ditch. (AAP Image/David Rowland)
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The New Zealand Warriors welcome back Sam Tomkins as they seek their third straight victory against an out of sorts Newcastle Knights team at Mt Smart Stadium. Join The Roar from 1.50pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.

After a promising start to the season, the Knights have recorded just one victory from their last seven, including a second half collapse against the Broncos last Monday. An upset victory in New Zealand might just be the catalyst in turning their season around.

However, the Warriors will come into the game confident and well-rested after two hard-fought victories in succession over the Sharks and Eels followed by a bye.

Neither side will be too affected by last Wednesday’s Origin with Jacob Lillyman, Ryan Hoffman and Beau Scott the only players involved.

The return of Tomkins sees Tuimoala Lolohea shifted into the centres. Nathan Friend will start at hooker, as Thomas Leuluai will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Seb Ikahihifo also comes in for Sione Lousi on the interchange.

For the Knights, Adam Clydsdale returns in the number nine jersey, pushing Tyler Randell back to the bench. Beau Scott and Jeremy Smith are also back in the side, with Clint Newton, Chad Redman and Pat Vaivai dropping out.

Despite a pair of unconvincing victories, the Warriors’ halves of Johnson and Townsend have been in ominous form running the football, combining for 296 metres gained, three try assists and two tries over their past two wins.

The returns of Tomkins and Vatuvei will give the Warriors two more attacking threats to help share the load.

Prediction:
After winning their round one clash 24-14, a victory for the Knights here would make it three in a row against the Warriors.

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However with the return of a couple of star backs and the fact they are coming in fresh off a bye, the Warriors should be too strong.

Warriors by 8.

In any case, it should be compelling viewing so join The Roar from 1:50 (AEST) to follow our live coverage, and remember to leave your comments as the game progresses.