New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos preview: bottom-of-the-table clash at the Central Coast Stadium

In Saturday's second NRL game, the New Zealand Warriors host the Brisbane Broncos in a clash between two teams at the bottom of the ladder.

The Warriors suffered a heavy loss away to the Melbourne Storm last weekend, last year's minor Premiership winners 50-6 victors.

The Broncos were also defeated last weekend, losing in the Queensland derby against the Gold Coast Titans.

Team news

Both sides will see big changes as Peta Hiku moves to fullback, replacing the suspended Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. That change allows Gerard Beale to move into the centre.

Adam Blair and Tohu Harris have both also made their way into the starting thirteen having missed out on a spot for last week's heavy defeat to the Storm.

Corey Oates will not be able to play for the Broncos, with the winger dropped from the side as they look to try to put an end to their poor form. He will be replaced by Jamayne Isaako. There are also injury concerns over Matt Lodge, who has been named in the starting 13 although there are fears over his knee injury.

Joe Ofanhengaue is suspended and will be replaced by Pat Carrigan, who returns from a suspension of his own

Teams

New Zealand Warriors

Starting 13: Tuivasa-Sheck, Fusitu'a, Hiku, Herbert, Maumalo, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Egan, Paasi, Murchie, Harris, Blair

Interchange: Harris-Tavita, Hetherington, Lawton, Curran

Reserves: Vuniyayawa, Papali'i, Pompey, Beale

Brisbane Broncos

Starting 13: Niu, Isaako, Farnworth, Boys, Coates, Milford, Croft, Lodge, Luke, Haas, Glenn, Pangai Junior, Carrigan

Interchange: Dearden, Flegler, Kennedy, Te'o

Reserves: Oates, Paix, Kennar, Hopoate

Form guide

NZ Warriors: LLWLW

Brisbane Broncos: LLLLL

Where to watch on TV and stream

The game is set to kick off at 08:30BST/15:30ACT and will be available to watch worldwide

  • For viewers in Australia, Fox League have coverage of Friday's game
  • For those in the United Kingdom, the match is available to watch on Sky Sports Arena.
  • For international viewers, Watch NRL will be broadcasting the game
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