2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunday 7th June, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights? 14c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights 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 Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights? 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 Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Simonsson, Croker, Scott, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, Tapine, Whitehead, Horsburgh – Interchanges: Havili, Guler, Soliola, Rapana – Reserves: Starling, Frawley

Unavailable: Hudson Young (Suspended), John Bateman (Injured), Sebastian Kris (Illness), Ryan Sutton (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders laid down a marker for the rest of the NRL as they put in a hugely impressive performance to beat Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park last week with the Raiders coming away with a 6-22 victory to make it three wins from three to start the campaign.
  • Despite seeing less ball than their hosts, the Raiders completed at 78% which was 10% more than the Storm and their clinical ability with the ball thanks to an inspired performance from George Williams proved to be enough to claim the eye-catching win.
  • Bailey Simonsson was a late withdrawal last week but makes an immediate return to the starting 13 on the wing with Jordan Rapana dropping to the bench and Michael Oldfield the unfortunate man to make way.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Lee, Tuala, Best, Hunt, Mann, Pearce, Klemmer, McCullough, D. Saifiti, Guerra, Mata’utia, Ese’ese – Interchanges: Hoy, J. Saifiti, Glasby, Jones – Reserves: Shibasaki, Randall

Unavailable: Phoenix Crossland (Injured), Mitch Barnett (Injured), Jayden Brailey (Injured), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Injured), Connor Watson (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights produced an extremely gutsy performance for several reasons as they managed to fight back from a 14-0 deficit to claim a point as they played out a draw with Penrith Panthers last week.
  • The Knights were up against it early on as they lost key men Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson to injuries but they did were able to hang on defensively before taking their chances late on to force golden point with neither side able to break the stalemate.
  • To highlight how well they performed, particularly defensively, the Knights spent almost 15 minutes less with the ball than the Panthers and will take plenty from that effort but will be without Watson here who is replaced by new signing Andrew McCullough while Newcastle are also boosted by the return of Kalyn Ponga from a one-game ban.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders announced themselves as genuine challengers for the NRL Premiership with a brilliant display to put Melbourne Storm to the sword last week. The Raiders are three from three but now come up against another unbeaten side in Newcastle Knights who did superbly to earn a point from their game with Penrith Panthers in extremely difficult circumstances. The Knights showed they could be in for a solid season under new head coach Adam O’Brien but his side will be put under enormous pressure here and are likely to come up short against the Raiders.

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