The Warriors look to make it four straight wins over the Dragons as the two sides kick off Super Saturday action and aim to register their first victory of 2020.
New Zealand Warriors vs St. George Illawarra Dragons free tips, predictions and preview – who claims their first win of the NRL season in Gosford?
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Warriors vs Dragons Tips
Warriors vs Dragons Match Details
?? Competition: NRL
? Date: Saturday May 30
⏰ Time: 3.00pm AEST
? Stadium: Central Coast Stadium
Warriors vs Dragons 2020 Form
- R1: Knights 20-0 Warriors
- R2: Warriors 6-20 Raiders
- R1: Dragons 14-24 Tigers
- R2: Dragons 28-32 Panthers
Warriors vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)
Warriors have won their last three meetings.
- 11/5/19: Warriors 26-18 Dragons
- 4/8/18: Dragons 12-18 Warriors
- 20/4/18: Warriors 20-12 Dragons
- 19/5/17: Warriors 14-30 Dragons
- 26/6/17: Dragons 26-12 Warriors
Warriors vs Dragons Tips, Preview and Prediction
Everyone’s second-favourite team after sacrificing everything to get the competition back up and running, can the Warriors galvanise and post their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon at their new home on the Central Coast?
Prior to the competition being suspended, the Warriors struggled considerably, tallying only six points in their opening two games as they slumped to lacklustre defeats to the Knights and Raiders.
They do have a positive recent record against the Dragons, winning their last three encounters – although all of them have been close, with the Kiwi club prevailing by eight points or less.
With the likes of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Ken Maumalo, Tohu Harris and Adam Blair in their starting side, the Warriors have the talent to make an impact for the rest of the season – but as always, consistency is their biggest issue.
Meanwhile, the Dragons are also winless after two games, going down by 1-12 margins against the Tigers and Panthers.
Paul McGregor’s side traditionally start seasons strongly before losing steam when it matters most after Origin, so they will be desperate to get on the board here.
However, with just two wins from their last 11 away games – and on a three-match losing streak against the Warriors – it looks as if the Dragons will have their work cut out for them here.
Another match in which I think is 50-50, so I’m happy to back the Warriors here. I think their unique situation will bring the club together, while they’ve had success against the Dragons in their recent meetings. It should be close, but I’m siding with the Warriors to just edge it.
Warriors vs Dragons Teams
Kodi Nikorima comes back into the Warriors’ starting side in place of youngster Chanel Harris-Tavita.
Former Test and Origin star Trent Merrin has been named in the reserves for St George Illawarra, but could come into the side for Euan Aitken.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Peta Hiku 4. Gerard Beale 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Lachlan Burr 9. Wayde Egan 10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair 14. Karl Lawton 15. King Vuniyayawa 16. Agnatius Paasi 17. Eliesa Katoa 18. Chanel Harris-Tavita 20. Josh Curran 21. Adam Pompey 22. Jack Murchie
Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Korbin Sims 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. James Graham 14. Josh Kerr 15. Blake Lawrie 16. Tyrell Fuimaono 17. Euan Aitken 18. Trent Merrin 19. Adam Clune 20. Jacob Host 21. Jackson Ford
Warriors vs Dragons Stats
- Warriors have won the last three games between the sides
- All of those wins were by eight points or less
- Dragons have won just two of their last 11 away games
- Seven of their last nine games have seen under 42.5 total points scored
- Warriors didn’t make a single line break in the first two rounds (the only team to do so)
- Ken Maumalo scored the first try in five matches last season for the Warriors
- Zac Lomax has scored in both games in 2020 for the Dragons
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