Both the Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks will be aiming to bounce back from last-start defeats when they square off in NRL Round 6 action on Friday night.
Knights vs Sharks Tips, Preview & Predictions
Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the H2H favourite has won 18 of the last 19 matches involving the Sharks…
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Knights vs Sharks Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday April 16
⏰ Time: 6.00 AEST
🏟 Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights vs Sharks Head to Head (last five matches)
- 4/9/20: Knights 38-10 Sharks
- 15/3/19: Knights 14-8 Sharks
- 26/8/18: Sharks 28-12 Knights
- 27/5/18: Knights 10-48 Sharks
- 3/9/17: Knights 18-26 Sharks
Knights vs Sharks Preview and Prediction
An intriguing game awaits in the Hunter on Friday night when the Knights play host to the Sharks.
Under normal circumstances, I’d be backing Cronulla to come out on top here. They consistently beat teams in the bottom eight but usually falter against the very best. With the Knights on a three-match losing streak and in 11th, this should be a game where the Sharks emerge victorious.
However, Cronulla are enduring a controversial week with news John Morris has coached his last game for the club, with Craig Fitzgibbon set to replace him in 2022.
In the meantime, Josh Hannay will take over interim duties for the remainder of 2021. Making the Sharks’ lead-in to the game even more disruptive is the fact both Wade Graham and Josh Dugan will miss the clash due to concussions sustained in last week’s loss to the Roosters.
With the players believed to be firmly on the side of Morris, it could leave the Sharks in tatters come kick off here.
Newcastle have been rocked by Mitchell Pearce’s injury and are coming off a heavy 42-16 loss to the Titans last week.
That defeat followed back-to-back losses at home to the Tigers and Dragons. The Knights will however take confidence from the fact they’ve defeated Cronulla in their last two meetings.
Newcastle also welcome back a trio of key figures in Bradman Best, Kurt Mann and Jacob Saifiti.
This is a 50-50 clash, but the Sharks have had an anything but ideal preparation, while a return home with some star players returning should see the Knights have the slight edge on Friday night.
Knights vs Sharks Teams
Bradman Best, Kurt Mann and Jacob Saifiti all return for the Knights, while Brayden Musgrove will make his debut on the wing.
Wade Graham and Josh Dugan are out for the Sharks due to concussion, with Briton Nikora and Siosifa Talakai joining the side.
Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Brayden Musgrove 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Blake Green 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Gehamat Shibasaki
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 3. Connor Tracey 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Billy Magoulias 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Siosifa Talakai 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Nene Macdonald 20. Franklin Pele 21. Jenson Taumoepeau
Knights vs Sharks Stats
- The H2H favourite has won 18 of the last 19 matches involving the Sharks
- Knights have won the last two meetings between the teams
- Three of the last four meetings between the teams have seen 48 points or more scored
- Will Kennedy has scored six tries in his last five games
- Kalyn Ponga has scored in his last four home night mates and will be keen to cross again after scoring in his return to action last week against the Titans
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