Redcliffe Dolphins vs New Zealand Warriors prediction and odds: NRL 2023 Round 27

After 27 weeks, the final round of the NRL regular season is here. In a match that in many sense is a dead rubber, while in others there’s all to play for, read on for our Dolphins vs Warriors predictions.

Redcliffe Dolphins vs New Zealand Warriors – Match Predictions

New Zealand have secured a top four finish on the NRL ladder, while the Dolphins have no shot of making the eight. However, the home team will have plenty of pride on the line, and the Warriors will be eager for some playoffs momentum. With that in mind, here are our top predictions ahead of the Dolphins vs Warriors this Saturday:

New Zealand Warriors +4.5 Handicap @ 2.00 (1/1)

Despite the Warriors being a top four team this year, and the Dolphins cellar-dwellers, the Kiwis are underdogs heading to Brisbane on Saturday. This is because New Zealand have opted to rest more than half their run on side ahead of the finals next week, with this match being of little consequence.

While this has made the bookies favour the Dolphins, we say it will still be a mighty close match. Redcliffe haven’t won a match in six games, while the Warriors are on a seven game winning streak. You know that Wayne Bennett will have gotten his side up for their final match of the season, and in front of a home crowd, this will be far from a dead rubber for the Dolphins. There’s a chance they could win it, but expect the Warriors to come close if they do lose.

New Zealand Warriors to Win by 1-10 @ 4.00 (3/1)

There’s also a great argument to be made for the Warriors still winning this one. Yes, all their stars are putting their feet up this week, but there’s something about a winning culture in a team that doesn’t just go away overnight. Expect the young Warriors players who have been on the bench all year to be incredibly hungry, and eager to not let the rest of the team down when they get their moment. 

Chances are we’ll see some loose, free-flowing rugby from the Warriors, with a player or two potentially putting their hands up for the finals. At odds of 4.00 (3/1), it’s hard to turn this bet down.

Redcliffe Dolphins vs New Zealand Warriors preview

Heading into this match, here’s a look at how both teams’ seasons have gone so far in the NRL 2023:

Redcliffe Dolphins

The Dolphins started so well, winning the first three matches of the year. However, since then, it’s been a tough second half of the season for the Brisbane-based team. Winless in six games, the Dolphins sit 14th on the ladder, with eight wins and 15 losses. Still a better year than many expected, but a win to end the season would be some consolation.

New Zealand Warriors

The Warriors have been a real surprise package this year, mainly because of how uncharacteristically consistent and resilient they’ve been. The Kiwis sit fourth right now, with the chance of going third should they win on Saturday. Regardless, their top four spot is confirmed, as is a match against either Brisbane or Penrith next week, depending on how results unfold this round.

Redcliffe Dolphins vs New Zealand Warriors head to head

These two sides have only met once before, with the match ending in a comfortable victory to the Warriors, 30-8 in June 2023.

Redcliffe Dolphins vs New Zealand Warriors match details

Redcliffe Dolphins vs New Zealand Warriors prediction and odds

  • Date and time: Saturday 1 September, 6:00am GMT
  • Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
  • How to watch: Sky Sports

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