Both the Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra Dragons could find themselves in the top four by the end of Round 4 if they can emerge victorious in this clash on Sunday.
Knights vs Dragons Tips, Preview & Predictions
Newcastle Knights vs St George Illawarra Dragons free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Knights have won six of their last seven home games…
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Knights vs Dragons Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Sunday April 4
⏰ Time: 4.05pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights vs Dragons Head to Head (last five matches)
- 20/9/20: Knights 42-18 Dragons
- 19/5/19: Dragons 12-45 Knights
- 7/4/19: Knights 12-13 Dragons
- 1/9/18: Knights 14-24 Dragons
- 1/4/18: Dragons 30-12 Knights
Knights vs Dragons Preview and Prediction
The Knights and Dragons will each be targeting their third win of the season and a potential spot in the top four when they square off at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
St George Illawarra were tipped by many to be wooden spooners this season, but they’ve put together a very solid start to the season and bring a two-match winning streak into this clash after beating the Cowboys 25-12 and Sea Eagles 38-12.
I was tempted to back the Dragons as outsiders in this one, but two things are holding me back. Firstly, those two wins were over arguably the weakest sides in the competition.
Secondly, the Dragons are without Ben Hunt and Jack Bird, who have been two of their best players across the first three rounds.
Newcastle also haven’t come up against the strongest of opposition so far in 2021, defeating the Bulldogs and Warriors before going down by four points to the Tigers last week.
However, at home – where they’ve won six of their last seven games – I’ve got to side with the Knights.
Newcastle have won their last two games against the Dragons, scoring 42 and 45 points in both of those victories.
With the Dragons seeing their last seven matches go over the total points line, we can expect another high-scoring showdown in the Hunter – but it’s the Knights that hold the advantage for me.
Knights vs Dragons Teams
Blake Green has been named on the interchange for the Knights for the first time this season, but Bradman Best is out injured, with Starford To’a coming onto the wing.
Adam Clune is set to replace Ben Hunt in the halves for the Dragons, while Brayden Wiliame comes in for the suspended Jack Bird.
Knights team: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 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. Blake Green 18. Brodie Jones 19. Dominic Young 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Pasami Saulo
Dragons team: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Tariq Sims 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jackson Ford 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jordan Pereira 20. Max Feagai 21. Eddie Blacker
Knights vs Dragons Stats
- Knights have won six of their last seven home matches
- Knights have won their last two games vs Dragons
- Knights scored 42+ points in both of those victories
- Dragons have seen their last seven games go over the total points line
- Zac Lomax has scored a try in four of his last five matches
- Tyson Frizell has scored at least one try in his last two day matches
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