New Zealand Warriors 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis

A new halves pairing in New Zealand has the Warriors chances looking very unpredictable.

Oddschecker
Mon, 25 Feb, 12:00 AM

New Zealand Warriors

 

Finished in 2018: 8th (15 wins, 9 losses)

Key ins: Leeson Ah Mau (Dragons), Lachlan Burr (Bulldogs)

Key outs: Anthony Gelling (Widnes) Mason Lino & James Gavet (Knights) Shaun Johnson (Sharks), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Simon Mannering (Warriors)

Coach: Stephen Kearney

Captain(s): Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - Captain of the NZ Warriors

 

Summary: The Warriors face the reality of having a carousel at halfback this season. With Blake Green as their only established half, the Warriors have floated the idea of doing a Halfback by committee, similar to how Melbourne managed Cronk’s departure in 2018. The Warriors had a great recipe for success in 2018. Second-phase play and set completions were their identities but their forwards were the difference between a good showing and a poor performance. If the Warriors forwards can’t get the better of the opposing forward pack, Isaac Luke, Blake Green, and RTS won’t be able to have the space to operate effectively. It would be a surprise to see this team making the Top 8.

 

Key stat: The Warriors ranked #2 in offloads and #4 in set completion in 2018.

Round 1: Warriors v Bulldogs

Saturday, 16 March, 4:00 PM – Mt Smart Stadium

New Zealand Warriors logo New Zealand Warriors   –  $1.55*  
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs logo Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – $2.75*

 

2019 Premiership odds: $34* with Sportsbet

Best Dally M Chance: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Prediction: Warriors to miss the top 8 ($1.45* with Bet365)

 

*Prices correct at time of publishing

 

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