Cowboys vs Knights Round 9 Tips, Prediction & Preview

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Cowboys vs Knights Tips

North Queensland Cowboys will be aiming to cement their top four status for another week when they host the embattled Newcastle Knights on Saturday night in Townsville.

Knights vs Cowboys Tips, Preview & Predictions

Newcastle Knights vs North Queensland Cowboys free NRL Round 9 betting tips, predictions and preview by our expert tipsters for NRL – Knights have lost their last five games in Townsville…

Cowboys vs Knights H2H Prediction


Cowboys vs Knights Tips

Best Cowboys -3.5 & under 48.5 points odds $1.75 with bet365

  • Cowboys have won their last three games
  • Knights have lost their last six games
  • Knights have lost their last five games in Townsville
  • Knights have failed to score a try in their last two games
  • Cowboys are conceding an average of 12 points per game this season
  • Cowboys last two wins have been by 13+ margins
  • Five of Knights’ last six defeats have been by 13+ margins
  • Queensland Country Bank Stadium has seen an average of just 27 points this season

Cowboys vs Knights Same Game Multi Tips

  • Murray Taulagi has scored a try in his last three games in Townsville
  • Valentine Holmes has scored a try in eight of his last nine game vs Knights
  • Edrick Lee has scored a try in four of his last six games vs Cowboys

Cowboys vs Knights Match Details

🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday May 7
Time: 7.30pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Queensland Country Bank Stadium


Cowboys vs Knights Head to Head (last five matches)

  • 3/7/21: Knights 38-0 Cowboys
  • 20/5/21: Cowboys 36-20 Knights
  • 23/8/20: Knights 12-0 Cowboys
  • 27/6/20: Cowboys 32-20 Knights
  • 17/8/19: Knights 42-6 Cowboys

Cowboys vs Knights Preview & Prediction

The Cowboys will view this clash as an excellent opportunity to remain in the top four for at least another week when they meet the last-placed Knights in NRL Round 9 action on Saturday night in Townsville.

North Queensland have been the surprise team of 2022 so far, winning five of their eight games and bringing a three-match winning streak into this encounter to sit in third spot on the ladder.

With a game against the Tigers next week, the Cowboys are on course for their best start to a season since 2016, when they went on to make the preliminary finals.

Defence has been the major area of improvement for the Cowboys, with the team conceding just 12.13 points per game so far this season (compared to 31.17 last year).

Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden have clicked superbly in the halves, while Jason Taumalolo has returned to some of his devastating best form through the middle. Valentine Holmes is playing his best footy since returning from the USA, while young forwards Jeremiah Nanai and Heilium Luki have impressed considerably.

Meanwhile, the Knights are in a world of trouble and head into this showdown on a six-match losing streak, slipping to the bottom of the ladder as a result.

Newcastle have been embarrassing in front of their home fans over the last fortnight, failing to score a try in 39-2 and 50-2 defeats to the Eels and Storm.

The contract saga surrounding Kalyn Ponga hasn’t done the team any favours and Ponga needs to step up and prove he is worth the money he’s demanded to remain at the club.

VERDICT:

The Cowboys are flying on the back of their thumping win over the Eels and their defence has improved out of sight this season.

Newcastle haven’t scored a single try in their last two games, have lost their last five games in Townsville and their last six straight this season. Tex Hoy and Phoenix Crossland in the halves doesn’t necessarily scream points here either.

We’re backing the Cowboys to win this comfortably and restrict the Knights to minimal points once more (Best Cowboys -3.5 & under 48.5 points odds $1.75 with bet365.)


Cowboys vs Knights Teams

Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Heilum Luki 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Jake Granville 20. Kane Bradley 21. Ben Condon 22. Emry Pere 23. Taniela Sadrugu 24. Brendan Elliot

Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Dominic Young 6. Tex Hoy 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Leo Thompson 14. Jack Johns 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Mathew Croker 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Krystian Mapapalangi 20. Jaron Purcell 21. Brayden Musgrove 22. Dylan Phythian 23. Kobe Rugless 24. Ben Talty


Cowboys vs Knights Stats

  • Cowboys have won their last three games
  • Knights have lost their last six games
  • Knights have lost their last five games in Townsville
  • Knights have failed to score a try in their last two games
  • Cowboys are conceding an average of 12 points per game this season
  • Cowboys last two wins have been by 13+ margins
  • Five of Knights’ last six defeats have been by 13+ margins
  • Queensland Country Bank Stadium has seen an average of just 27 points this season
  • Murray Taulagi has scored a try in his last three games in Townsville
  • Valentine Holmes has scored a try in eight of his last nine game vs Knights
  • Edrick Lee has scored a try in four of his last six games vs Cowboys

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