Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Knights aiming for third consecutive win over Manly

Andrew Hendrie 11 Apr 2019
  • Newcastle Knights host Manly Sea Eagles in Round 5 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Knights have won their last two encounters
Knights face Sea Eagles on Saturday (PA Images)

Newcastle Knights go in search of their third straight win over Manly Sea Eagles when the two teams clash in NRL Round 5 action on Saturday.

Knights vs Sea Eagles kicks off at 5.30pm AEST at McDonald Jones Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Newcastle have lost three of their first four games in 2019 but have been close to winning every one of them - can they produce a more clinical performance to take out a confident Manly side on Saturday?

Touted by many to make the finals this season, it’s been a tough start to the season for the Knights, but the good news for Nathan Brown is that his team have been in every game, and if not for a bit of back luck, they could be in a much better position after four rounds.

Indeed, all three of Newcastle’s defeats have been by a combined margin of 10 points, but whiled defence isn’t an issue for the team, attack clearly is, with the Knights failing to score more than 14 points in any game this season.

For a team blessed with the talent of Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce in their spine, that simply isn’t good enough. Ponga looked better at fullback last week, but the Knights need Pearce to step up if they are going to overcome Manly on Saturday.

The Sea Eagles endured a rough start to the season, but they are on the right track now, winning their last two games against the Warriors (a big victory where they scored 46 points) and last week against a previously-unbeaten Rabbitohs outfit, prevailing 13-12 at home.

However, Manly also suffered a big blow in that win, with star fullback Tom Trbojevic set to miss the next two months after re-injuring his hamstring.

The Sea Eagles struggled significantly with Trbojevic at the start of the season and could find the going tough without him again. But, in saying that, his brother Jake and Daly Cherry-Evans have stepped up in recent weeks and are leading from the front.

Newcastle have won the last two games between the sides, but both were close, and I can see another tight contest eventuating again on Saturday. The Knights aren’t doing much wrong, but they need a bit more spice in attack. Manly are playing tough football under Des Hasler, but the loss of Trbojevic is huge. It could be time for Newcastle to edge a confidence-boosting win to kick-start their season.

Match Odds


Newcastle Knights - $1.55
Manly Sea Eagles - $2.50

Stats


  • Knights have won their last two encounters
  • Both of those wins were by six points or less
  • Manly’s last win in Newcastle came in 2016

Teams


Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Danny Levi 10. James Gavet 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Tim Glasby. Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann 15. Aidan Guerra 16. Daniel Saifiti 17. Mitchell Barnett. Reserves: 18. Josh King 19. Connor Watson 20. Herman Ese’ese 21. Tautau Moga

Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Moses Suli 4. Brad Parker 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kane Elgey 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Corey Waddell 17. Toafofoa Sipley. Reserves: 18. Trent Hodkinson 19. Lachlan Croker 20. Kelepi Tanginoa 21. Taniela Paseka

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