Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Roosters and Knights desperate to bounce back after last week's poor defeats

Andrew Hendrie 17 Jul 2019
  • Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights clash in Round 18 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Knights beat Roosters 38-12 back in Round 11
Roosters face Knights on Saturday (PA Images)

Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights look to bounce back from shock defeats last week when they clash in NRL Round 18 action on Saturday afternoon.

Roosters vs Knights kicks off at 3.00pm AEST at the SCG. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


Both the Roosters and Knights were well below par last week as they were toppled by teams outside the top eight - who gets back on track and returns to the winners circle on Saturday in what is shaping as a crucial showdown for each team?

After a brilliant start to the season following on from their premiership triumph from last year, the wheels have well and truly fallen off for the Roosters, who have slipped to fourth spot on the ladder and are now in danger of missing out on a top four position - let alone the race to the minor premiership, that appears all ready wrapped up for Melbourne.

We’ve seen how hard it is for reigning premiers to back up the next season, and the Roosters are experiencing that once again in 2019.

Some big names do return for this clash though, with Origin stars James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner coming straight back into the starting side after missing last week’s shock 15-12 loss to the Cowboys.

Newcastle also receive a big boost of their own with the return of electric fullback Kalyn Ponga, who was sidelined during his team’s most recent losses to the Warriors and Bulldogs.

After going on a big winning streak midway through the season that saw them briefly crack the top four, the Knights have seemingly fallen back down to earth, with last week’s loss to the last-placed Bulldogs seeing them hit a new low.

Newcastle all of a sudden look out of energy, but perhaps the return of Ponga will spark them back to life.

The Knights scored a big 38-12 win over the Roosters back in Round 11, but they are a far cry from that level at the moment. Trent Robinson will demand an immediate response from his side at home and I think the Roosters will deliver.

Match Odds


Sydney Roosters - $1.35
Newcastle Knights - $3.20

Stats


  • Knights won 38-12 back in Round 11
  • Roosters had won the six previous meetings before that
  • It’s been nearly a decade since the Knights have beaten the Roosters away from Newcastle

Teams


Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Ryan Hall 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Isaac Liu 15. Nat Butcher 16. Angus Crichton 17. Brett Morris 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Poasa Faamausili 21. Lachlan Lam

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

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