2020 NRL – Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? Friday 4th September, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks taking place? McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

What is the expected weather for Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks? 19c, showers

What channel is Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, To’a, Tuala, Shibasaki, Hunt, Lino, Pearce, Klemmer, Mann, J. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, Barnett – Interchanges: Crossland, Ese’ese, King, Jones – Reserves: Hoy, Momoisea

Unavailable: Jayden Brailey (Injured), Tim Glasby (Injured), Edrick Lee (Injured), Andrew McCullough (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured), Sione Mata’utia (Injured), Bradman Best (Injured), Daniel Saifiti (Injured), Blake Green (Injured), Pasami Saulo (Suspended)

  • Newcastle Knights were humbled by New Zealand Warriors last week as a poor performance on both sides of the ball saw them fall to their first defeat in four matches and that loss prevented them from sealing their place in the finals.
  • The Knights were right in the game as they trailed by just two points at the break but they were unable to register a single point in the final hour of the game as they allowed 30 unanswered points in the 36-6 defeat.
  • With just 36% of the ball, the Knights didn’t really give themselves a chance of winning but head coach Adam O’Brien has opted against wholesale changes with Chris Randall dropping out along with the suspended Pasami Saulo and they are replaced by Phoenix Crossland and Brodie Jones.

CRONULLA SHARKS

Starting 13: Kennedy, Mulitalo, Dugan, Ramien, Goodwin, Trindall, Townsend, Hamlin-Uele, Brailey, Woods, Nikora, Graham, Rudolf – Interchanges: Tracey, Sorensen, Talakai, Hunt – Reserves: Williams, Wilton

Unavailable: Cameron King (Injured), Bronson Xerri (Suspended), Jackson Ferris (Injured), Matt Moylan (Injured), Shaun Johnson (Injured), Andrew Fifita (Injured), Sione Katoa (Injured)

  • Cronulla Sharks made a solid return to winning ways as they bounced back from their heavy loss to Penrith Panthers by comfortably seeing off North Queensland Cowboys last week, although the Sharks will be frustrated that they did not take more of their chances.
  • Cronulla completed at 81% with them making nine line breaks to three as well as 44 tackle busts but they only managed to cross for five tries in the 28-12 success, although the fact they were missing both first-choice halves may be a reason for not scoring more.
  • One of those is back in the fold this week with Chad Townsend returning at halfback with Connor Tracey dropping onto the bench but the Sharks have lost Sione Katoa and Andrew Fifita to injury with Bryson Goodwin coming into the side on the wing for Katoa.

THE PREDICTION

Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks both look set for a spot in the finals but they will want to secure their place as quickly as possible to avoid any late drama with New Zealand Warriors putting them under some pressure. The Knights were poor as they were easily beaten by the Warriors last week and they will want to avoid another loss against another top eight rival. The Sharks have looked solid of late, losing just two of their last seven and they can improve on that record by claiming the two points here.

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