Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights square off to launch Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Wests Tigers vs Knights Preview & Predictions
Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Tigers have won four of the last six meetings between the teams, including in Round 3 earlier this season…
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Wests Tigers vs Knights Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Friday May 14
⏰ Time: 6.00pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Wests Tigers vs Knights Head to Head (last five matches)
- 28/3/21: Knights 20-24 Tigers
- 8/8/20: Knights 44-4 Tigers
- 22/3/20: Tigers 24-42 Knights
- 24/8/19: Tigers 46-4 Knights
- 26/7/19: Knights 26-28 Tigers
Tigers vs Knights Preview and Prediction
Languishing in the bottom half of the ladder, both the Tigers and Knights are desperate for the win when they collide to begin the NRL’s Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Tigers remain one of the most inconsistent and erratic teams in the NRL and until they can put some sustained performances in, they won’t be challenging for the top eight.
After edging the Dragons 16-8 in a gritty display, the Tigers fell back into old habits with some poor defence to lose 36-28 to the Titans last week.
Gold Coast scored three tries in the first 14 minutes and from there the Tigers had it all to do – and although they bounced back strongly with five tries, they were always facing an uphill battle to stage the comeback.
That loss leaves the Tigers in 15th spot on the ladder, above only the Bulldogs. However, the good news for the Tigers is that they are facing one of just two teams they’ve defeated so far in 2021 on Friday night.
Newcastle have understandably struggled since losing Mitchell Pearce to injury, but they do bring some confidence and winning momentum into this clash after recovering from 16-0 down to beat the Raiders last week.
The Knights produced a tremendous second-half display to roll over the top of the Raiders, but they won’t want a repeat of their first half showing here.
Although they prevailed in Wagga last week, the Knights are still finding it tough on the road and have lost seven of their last nine away matches.
I’m still not entirely convinced of the Knights without Pearce and I’m not taking too much from their win over the Raiders given Canberra’s terrible form at the moment.
There’s not much value in backing the Knights either. The Tigers are far from reliable, but they’ve improved over the last fortnight and have won four of the last six meetings with Newcastle.
If they can put together a better start than last week, the Tigers are capable of registering the upset here.
Tigers vs Knights Teams
Tommy Talau returns from suspension on the wing in place of Zac Cini, while Michael Maguire has shuffled his spine, moving Moses Mbye to five-eighth, Jacob Liddle to hooker and Adam Doueihi to centre.
Newcastle have named the same 17 players that took care of the Raiders last week.
Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Adam Doueihi 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Tommy Talau 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Jock Madden 15. Shawn Blore 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Thomas Mikaele 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Jake Simpkin 20. Stefano Utoikamanu 21. Tom Amone
Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 6. Kurt Mann 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Brodie Jones 18. Hymel Hunt 19. Josh King 20. Tex Hoy 21. Simi Sasagi
Tigers vs Knights Stats
- Tigers have won four of the last six meetings between the teams
- Tigers prevailed 24-20 back in Round 3
- Knights have lost seven of their last nine away games
- At least 44 total points have been scored in the last five meetings between the teams
- Five of the last seven Tigers’ games have been decided by a 1-12 margin
- David Nofoaluma scored two tries last week and crossed vs the Knights in Round 3
- Kalyn Ponga has scored four tries in five games this season
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