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New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers Tips - Warriors tipped to go under total points
- Sunday's Round 18 action gets underway at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium
- Warriors have lost 5 in a row and 7 of 8
- Panthers are coming off back-to-back wins
The Panthers are expected to hold the Warriors to another low scoring performance. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Another round, another loss for the New Zealand Warriors (5-0-11, 12 points). Their 20-12 defeat to the Sharks makes it seven from their last eight games as they tumble down the NRL ladder. Things don’t get any easier for the Kiwi club this week as they prepare to face a post-Origin Penrith Panthers (14-0-2, 30 points) that managed to beat the Eels in Round 16 without Nathan Cleary.
Josh Curran is back in the side this week as Nathan Brown names the same 13 to start again this week. Kane Evans is another new face on the bench. The pair take the spots of Ben Murdoch-Masila and Jack Murchie. Dylan Edwards is back for the Panthers while Matt Burton and Tyrone May have been named in the halves. Brian To’o, Isaah Yeo, Kurt Capewell and Liam Martin have all been named to back up from Origin III.
The Warriors have lost seven of their last eight games. Nathan Brown is somehow avoiding pressure but isn’t helping himself by constantly rotating through his side. They’ve been impacted by injuries, but cohesion is suffering when it doesn’t need to and it shows in how aimless they are in attack.
Once again, the Kodi Nikorima/Sean O’Sullivan halves combination failed to threaten in Round 17. While Tyrone May has hardly set the world on fire in the #7 jersey this year, he has Matt Burton, Dylan Edwards and Api Koroisau to shoulder the load. Penrith’s defence hasn’t suffered through the Origin period either. They’ve only conceded more than 12 points once since Round 8 and have yet to concede more than 19 points in a game once all season.