NRL Match Previews - Warriors v Raiders (Round 8)

01-05-2010 05:00PM at Mt Smart Stadium

Referee: Ben Cummins and Adam Devcich
Touch Judges: Rick MacFarlane and Gavin Reynolds
Referee: Sean Hampstead

The Warriors have made a few changes to their line-up for this week. A few drastic changes. Most importantly Lance Hohaia moves from five-eighth to fullback and Wade McKinnon back to the bench. Why? Because they were dusted by 40 against the Storm last week? This is no reason for coach Ivan Cleary to panic as the Melbourne Storm were basically playing with 25 men on the field - if you know what I mean. Let's hope the Storm don't go on to crush the confidence of other teams and force players to lose their starting spots. It just wouldn't be right.

Speaking of right, the Raiders will find themselves right out of this game as the home side have been playing well this year despite last weeks debacle. The Warriors have been solid with two upset victories to their name. They are heavy favourites in this one and will be tough to beat. It's a long trip from our nation's capital for the boys in lime green and this makes it very hard to tip them. The injury ravaged home side will benefit from the Raiders mistakes.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Brent Tate
My Tip: New Zealand 30-20

The Teams

  New Zealand Warriors               Canberra Raiders 
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I. Henderson
S. Price
S. Mannering
1. Lance HohaiaFullback1. Josh Dugan
2. Patrick Ah VanWing2. Brett Kelly
3. Brent TateCentre3. Jarrod Croker
4. Jerome RopatiCentre4. Joel Thompson
5. Bill TupouWing5. Daniel Vidot
6. Joel MoonFive Eighth6. Terry Campese
7. James MaloneyHalfback7. Adam Mogg
8. Sam RapiraProp8. Dane Tilse
9. Aaron HeremaiaHooker9. Alan Tongue
10. Russell PackerProp10. David Shillington
11. Lewis BrownSecond Row11. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
12. Ben MatulinoSecond Row12. Bronson Harrison
13. Michael LuckLock13. Josh Miller
14. Wade McKinnonInterchange14. Glen Buttriss
15. Jesse RoyalInterchange15. Trevor Thurling
16. Ukuma Ta'aiInterchange16. Shaun Fensom
17. Jeremy LatimoreInterchange17. Scott Logan
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J. Monaghan
J. Carney
D. Galea

Head to Head

2009 Round 24 Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland New Zealand Warriors 34-20
2009 Round 11 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 38-12
2008 Round 8 Mt Smart Stadium New Zealand Warriors 14-6
2007 Round 23 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 26-24

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