Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights NRL Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Tigers and Knights put their seasons on the line

Andrew Hendrie 22 Aug 2019
  • Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights clash in Round 23 of the NRL on Saturday
  • Tigers have won their last two encounters
Tigers meet Knights on Saturday (PA Images)

Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights put their respective seasons on the line when they clash in a crucial NRL Round 23 encounter on Saturday.

Tigers vs Knights kicks off at 5.30pm AEST at Campbelltown Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


It’s do-or-die stuff for the Tigers and Knights as the two sides look to keep their seasons alive on Saturday night in Campbelltown.

With both sides hanging by a thread with identical 9-12 records in 10th and 11th spots on the ladder, the equation is simple - win and live to fight another round, but lose and it will be season over.

Neither team has been in good form recently either, with the Knights only just snapping a long losing streak last week against the Cowboys, while the Tigers have lost their last two games to the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles.

It’s been a roller-coaster season for the Knights and Nathan Brown, who will leave the club at the end of the season. At one stage they were looking like challenging for the top four, but a mid-season slump that coincided with Origin led to a big drop down the ladder, and they haven’t been able to recover.

The Tigers have been hovering around the 7th to 11th range on the ladder for the bulk of the season and don’t look like a team that can step it up when it matters most, especially with Robbie Farah injured.

These two sides clashed just last month in Round 19, with the Tigers edging out a 28-26 victory in the Hunter. This one is a coin toss, but I think the Knights have that extra level they can go to if they can find it. Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Pearce and David Klemmer are match winners - if those three have a big game, I think Newcastle can emerge victorious.

Match Odds


Newcastle Knights - $1.70
Wests Tigers - $2.15

Stats


  • Tigers have won three of their last four meetings
  • Tigers prevailed 28-26 in Round 19
  • They’ve split their last two games at Campbelltown Stadium

Teams


Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Josh Reynolds 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Ryan Matterson 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Elijah Taylor 16. Alex Twal 17. Michael Chee-Kam 18. Tommy Talau 19. Chris McQueen 20. Sam McIntyre

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

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