Live updates: NRL 2020 - NZ Warriors v Wests Tigers

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Warriors 26 (Hiku x2, Harris, Lawton tries, Nikorima 1pen, 4con) bt Tigers 20 (Mbye, Nofoaluma, McIntyre, Talau tries, Mbye 2conv)

Wrap - That is superb result for the Warriors. 8-0 down inside 10 minutes, but thet went on a 26-6 run from that point to take a 12-point lead late. They just held on atthe end there and they scored a deserved victory. 

Full time - Tigers attack ..... there is an overlap but Lawrence's ball floats out! Egan takes the final tackle from the scrum and that's a great win for the Warriors.

79mins - Penalty for the Tigers ... Hiku pinged for a high tackle.

78mins - Nikorima finds touch ... scrum Tigers on their own 10. One more defensive set for the Warriors. 

77mins - Huge spiral bomb from Brooks but Herbert does superbly to take that. Warriors work the ball out. 

76mins - Talau climbs high from the Green bomb and reels it in. 

75mins - Great set from the Tigers .... Marshall down the shortside on the last finds Lawrence who kicks ahead but the ball bounces over the sideline. Warrors scrum 10m.

74mins - Try Tigers: Tommy Talau - Pressure tells for the Tigers. Marshall on tackle two throws a lovely skip pass out to Talau who dives over in the tackle of Herbert. Mbye converts from the sideline. WAR 26-20

73mins - Grant kicks on the last ... RTS is there but there is a little knock on. Scrum Tigers 5m. 

72mins - Crusher tackle from Katoa ... Tigers from halfway - they need to score on this set. 

71mins - On tackle four Nikorima goes right ... through the hands it goes but Jennings puts a low pass down. Scrum Tigers on their own 20. 

69mins - Green bombs to Talau again but this time he's safe underneath it. 

68mins - Early kick from Nikorima but Lawrence does well getting back ... Tigers work it out from inside their own 10. 

67mins - Luke Brooks with the kistake on halfway. Scrum Warriors.

66mins - Tevaga with the mistake at the play the ball and they will challenge the call ....... unsuccesful. Awful call from the Warriors. That was a deadset knock on. 

65mins - Referee calls a strip against the Tigers on Katoa .... Captan's Challenge is unsuccesful. Warriors penalty on halfway .... Green finds touch on the 30. 

63mins - Try Warriors: Tohu Harris: Great kick and chase.....Green bombs and Talau climbs high again but this time he spills the ball ... Pompey gathers the ball up, slips the pass to Harris who dots down untouched. Nikorima converts. WAR 26-14

62mins - Brooks with a towering bomb but Patrick Herbert does well underneath it to difuse that attack. 

59mins - Try Warriors: Pita Hiku - A double for Hiku. Nikorimna darts out of dummy-half and finds Katoa who offloads superbly to Hiku who's away down the left .... Hiku dummies inside and takes on the fullback and just dots the ball down before his foot touches the sideline. Kodi converts from the sideline. WAR 20-14

57mins - Talau takes the bomb on the last but he got an escort - penalty Warriors. They need to score here ..... but a mistake from Burr on the first! Great defensive work from the Tigers. 20-odd tackles in a row.

55mins - Another repeat set as RTS kicks on the last again - well weighted and it's another line dropout.

54mins - RTS kicks for himself on the last but Doueihi tidies up - Line dropout. 

52mins - Short side play from the Tigers on the last but Lawrence is hammered by Hiku. Warriors work the ball out and they have a reset as RTS makes it close to halfway on the first. 

50mins - Penalty for the Tigers. The Warriors look dangerous but can't find the killer pass. Nikorima bombs and Lawrence climbs high and is taken out by Pompey ..... accidental, but still dangerous. 

48mins - Mistake from Talau inside Tigers territory and the Warriors have a set 40m out. 

46mins - Try Warriors: Pita Hiku - Great work from the centre. Hiku in plenty of traffic, cuts back inside and beats two defenders to score in a three man tackle. TMO has a look but backs the referee's decision of try and Nikorima ties it back up with a nice kick. 14-14

45mins - Chance blown! Good second phase play from the Warriors ... Nikorima beats Marshall on the outside.....Hiku just needs to find Jennings but the ball floats into touch. Touched by Lawrence so a scrum for the Warriors 5m out. 

44mins - Nikorima kicks on the last and it's a superb one. He follows his own kick and takes Garner in the in-goal for the line dropout. 

43mins - Marshall coughs the ball up - Katoa sprints away and finds RTS who is tackled on halfway. 

41mins - A great set with ball in hand is wasted .... Blake Green kicks out on the full! Awful error. Tigers inside the Warriors 30 on tackle two. 

Second-half - The Warriors have the ball to begin the second spell as Doueihi kicks off.

8:54pm - But Sam McIntyre put the Tigers back in front with a few minutes remaining.

8:53pm - Karl Lawton's try was just the tonic the Warriors needed to get back into the game. 

Halftime - A forward pass from Tuivasa-Sheck to Pompey - questionable call - winds down the clock. Tigers scrum with four seconds left .....  Marshall takes the tackle to end the half. 

38mins - Try Tigers- Sam McIntyre: Too much pressure. Adam Blair has more brain fades than any player in history. Marshall finds McIntyre who dummies outside and steps past Hetherington to score. Converted by Mbye. TIG 14-8

36mins - Another penalty - Marshall grubbers through and the chaser is taken out. 

35mins - Another poor tackle choice from Blair and he cops another penalty. Tigers 5m out.

34mins - Crusher tackle from Blair and the Tigers have a penalty inside Warriors territory. 

33mins - Daniel Alvaro on for his first Warriors stint. Green kicks from halfway on the last and it's charged down - Tigers get the ball back and start their set from their own 30. 

32mins - Green bombs from the 30 but Talau has been super solid all night and makes no mistake again. 

30mins - Great set from the Warriors and Green's kick is excellent. Tigers from their own goal line. On tackle one on the return the Warriors are up to the 30. 

28mins - The Tigers defence is excellent. Nikoroma with the bomb on the last but Doueihi makes no mistake with the take. 

27mins - Superb play from Tevaga and Hetherington gets the Warriors on the front foot. Hetherington shows a ton of pace down the right hand side before he's wrapped up. Razzle dazzle football under advantage and the Warriors have a fresh set 5m out. 

25mins - Penalty goal Warriors: Nikorima makes no mistake and somehow the Warriors are on level terms. 8-8

23mins - Warriors getting a bit better field position now - Katoa and Tevaga with great yards on that set....and they get a penalty for hands in the play the ball 20m out. Nikorima will take a shot to tie scores. 

21mins - Tuivasa-Sheck with a superb high ball take under pressure saves the Warriors from danger.

20mins - Hetherington makes decent metres on that set but the kick from Green is poor and the Tigers work the ball out from their 30. 

19mins - Try Warriors: Karl Lawton - Good run from Harris and Lawton is lightning quick out of dummy half - scoots a decent 12m and dives over to score. Heads up play. Nikorima nails the handy kick. TIG 8-6

18mins - Set restart for the Warriors 30m out.

17mins - Warriors with a defensive scrum and they earn a penalty for offside play on tackle two.

16mins - Best set of the game for the Warriors. Harris and Hetherington with good runs. Green's kick is high again but Talau takes it with ease yet again. 

13mins - Try Tigers: David Nofoaluma: The Tigers are carving the Warriors up through the middle. Marshall on tackle two throws a lovely cutout pass to Nofoaluma who takes it high above his head .... stays in field - just - and runs around to score near the posts. Doueiihi takes over from Mbye but his kick is wide. TIG 8-0

12mins - Another penalty for the Tigers inside the 5. Warriors offside.

11mins - Crusher tackle from Green and the Tigers have a penalty.

9mins - Warriors run a play down the short side and Hiku almost sets Jennings free - Jennings with the pass back inside but it's intercepted by Lawrence. tackle reset for the Tigers on the second. 

8mins - Not the start the Warriors wanted. The Tigers making good yards up the middle. Grant kicks and RTS brings the ball back to the 20. 

6mins - Try Tigers: Moses Mbye: Great set play from Wests. Second-man play out the back from Marshall, who finds Leilua - beautiful pass as he falls to the ground, and it's collected low by Mbye and he scores under the posts. The Tigers skipper hits the post from in front! TIG 4-0

5mins - Great kick and chase from Harry Grant almost forces RTS into the in-goal. Roger makes a mistake at the play the ball and it'll be a scrum Tigers 5m out. 

4mins - Warriors get a set reset on tackle 1. Good yards made by Lawton up the middle. 

2mins - Good defensive start for the Warriors and they are looking to spread the ball on attack - Green kicks high but Talau is solid under the bomb. 

Kick off- Patrick Herbert gets the game underway and it's Josh Aloiai with the first hitup. 

8:00pm - A 'Welcome to Country' and a Hongi to mark Indigenous Round will preceed the start of the game.

7:59pm - And it'll be Moses Mbye to lead out his Wests Tigers side.

7:58pm - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck leads out the Warriors onto the Sydney Cricket Ground.

7:55pm - Indigenous Round this weekend - the Warriors repping a pretty slick number as you can see below.

7:37pm - Benji Marshall will wear the No.7 jersey for the Tigers, while Luke Brooks will come off the bench.

7:35pm - Evening folks - the Warriors are 1-17 as named, meaning no place for Papali'i, Keighran, Murchie or Curran. Kick-off in 30mins. 

The NZ Warriors' travel to Sydney tonight to take on the Wests Tigers, at the famed SCG in a round 12 clash.

The Tigers sit on the outside looking in of the top eight, scoring five wins in 11 matches - good enough for 10th spot, but they really need a win tonight, with tough games ahead in the coming weeks. 

They're away to the Knights, Bulldogs, Roosters and table-topping Panthers in the next month, so their season is very much on a knife-edge.

Live updates: NRL 2020 - NZ Warriors v Wests Tigers

The Warriors sit in points outside the playoffs, and given their injury and player availability issues, a run at the top eight is probably out of the question. 

But they showed plenty of heart last week against the Roosters, but have to back that performance up with similar heart tonight - something they haven't been able to achieve all season.

The Warriors play Manly, the Panthers, Bulldogs and Knights in their next four.

Tonight marks the club debuts of Parramatta Eels loanees George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro following their temporary acquisitions earlier in the week. 

TAB Odds: Wests Tigers $1.15, NZ Warriors $5.30

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Loan NZ Warriors prop Daniel Alvaro plans on grabbing opportunity with both hands

A week ago, new Warriors loan player Daniel Alvaro was focused on earning a spot back in high-flying Parramatta Eels squad.

But seven days is a long time in sport - even more so during a cornavirus pandemic - and now the 27-year-old Australian prop is excited to contribute to a squad in desperate need of reinforcements.

Alvaro and Eels teammate George Jennings have joined the Warriors squad in Gosford, just a day after four home-sick players - Ken Maumalo, David Fusitua, Agnatius Paasi and King Vuniyayawa - departed.

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Alvaro's played 88 games for the Eels since making his debut in 2015, but has struggled for game-time in 2020, after the arrival of Reagan Campbell-Gillard.

His talent and work-rate have been lauded by coach Brad Arthur, and he should provide the beleaguered NZ club with hard-running bite up front.

Alvaro says the move to the Warriors has come out of leftfield, so he had to get sign-off from home before saying yes.

"They [Eels] asked if I was interested in the Warriors move," Alvaro reveals. "I definitely was, but I had to check with my wife if it was all good with her.

"She was stoked I'd get the chance to play some footy."

Alvaro's only first-grade action this season was a seven-minute cameo against Canberra Raiders last month, so he heads to the Warriors a little underdone.

But the New South Welshman says he always thought a loan move might be on the cards, so he kept training hard and pushing those in front of him.

"It’s strange times and kind of hard, because you want to play some footy.

"It did come up in my mind earlier, but at the same time, I still wanted to play for Parramatta, so I stayed where I was.

"But when the opportunity came up, I grabbed it with both hands. At the end of the day, I’m really happy to play some footy finally and try to help these guys out as well."

Alvaro is raring to go for Friday night's clash with Wests Tigers, if selected by his new coach, Todd Payten. The squad for that match will be announced on Tuesday and the new recruits will have had two training runs with the club.

Nothing has been guaranteed by the Warriors in terms of game-time, but Alvaro is confident he will adapt quickly to a new environment.

"It’s still early in the week, but I’m ready to go and happy to do whatever he wants me to do.

"Most teams would have a similar shape, so I’ve had to learn all the calls and work out the timings of different plays.

"I’m pretty confident we can get it sorted."