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The New Zealand Warriors host the struggling North Queensland Cowboys in a match both teams are desperate to win to kickstart their season. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm AEST.
After beginning the season with victory, the Warriors and Cowboys have since struggled to kick into gear and after tonight, one team will remain rooted near the bottom of the ladder.
Since defeating the Dragons in Round 1, the Cowboys have lost their past four matches, including three in a row at home.
The Warriors meanwhile only have wins against the Bulldogs and Titans to go up against losses to the Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles and Tigers.
The defeat to the Bunnies in particular would have been hard to take given that Stephen Kearney’s found themselves in a winning position in the second half, only to squander their lead late in the contest.
Such defeats can really see confidence evaporate and it is important that the Warriors at home are able to secure a win against a Cowboys side struggling with ideas in attack.
Thankfully for the Warriors, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck remains a shining light at fullback and his prowess with the ball guarantees points for the Warriors such is his skill and flair.
As for the Cowboys, Michael Morgan has been at the heart of all their attack this season, and if the Warriors can keep him quiet, the hosts will go a long way to winning tonight.
In team news, Blake Green is in doubt with a groin problem, and will be given until game day to prove his fitness. The Warriors will leave the decision up to Green.
The Cowboys put in a decent effort against Melbourne last week but they are struggling to post points.
If the Warriors can muscle up in defence, then the magic of Tuivasa-Sheck should be enough to see New Zealand secure their third win of the season.
Warriors by 10
Time: 5:30pm AEST
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Betting: Warriors $1.40, Cowboys $2.90
1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 David Fusitu’a 3 Peta Hiku 4 Solomone Kata 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita 7 Blake Green 8 Agnatius Paasi 9 Isaac Luke 10 Leeson Ah Mau 11 Adam Blair 12 Tohu Harris 13 Lachlan Burr
Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga 15 Sam Lisone 16 Bunty Afoa 17 Isaiah Papali’i
Reserves: 18 Nathaniel Roache 20 Leivaha Pulu 21 Gerard Beale 22 Patrick Herbert
1 Te Maire Martin 2 Justin O’Neill 3 Jordan Kahu 4 Enari Tuala 5 Ben Hampton 6 Jake Clifford 7 Michael Morgan 8 Matt Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 Jordan McLean 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Josh McGuire 13 John Asiata
Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptist 15 Coren Hess 16 Scott Bolton 17 Francis Molo
Reserves: 18 Corey Jensen 19 Javid Bowen 20 Shane Wright 21 Mitch Dunn