2020 NRL – Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Sunday 22nd March, 2020 – 05:05

Where is Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights? 22c in partly cloudy skies

What channel is Wests Tigers 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 Wests Tigers 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 Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Thompson, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Doueihi, Jennings, Marshall, Reynolds, Aloiai, Walters, Twal, Garner, L. Leilua, Taylor – Interchanges: Mikaele, Momirovski, Musgrove, Lawrence – Reserves: Chee-Kam, Clark, Eisenhuth, Momirovski

Unavailable: Russell Packer (Injured), Jacob Liddle (Injured), Moses Mbye (Injured), Luke Brooks (Injured)

  • Wests fought back well in the second half of their clash with St. George last week as they were able to earn a victory in round 1 and they will look to build on that in their opening home match of 2020 as they host Newcastle.
  • Despite last week's win, the Tigers will make one change to their 17 from last week with Michael Chee-Kam making way for Paul Momirovski who has been included among the interchanges.
  • Luke Brooks was ruled out before the game last week and it has been revealed that the halfback will be missing for up to a month with a calf injury so Josh Reynolds will continue in the halves alongside Benji Marshall.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Lee, Tuala, Shibasaki, Hunt, Mann, Pearce, Klemmer, Brailey, D. Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Barnett, Ese’ese – Interchanges: Watson, J. Saifiti, Glasby, Guerra – Reserves: Saulo, To’a, Lino, Mata’utia

Unavailable: Phoenix Crossland (Injured), Bradman Best (Injured)

  • Newcastle produced a strong showing for new head coach Adam O'Brien as they were able to nil New Zealand Warriors in their round 1 clash but they know they are likely to be tested more by the likes of Benji Marshall in this game with Wests.
  • The Knights have resisted making any changes to their 17 on the back of last week's victory but Sione Mata'utia could be a late inclusion in the side after he was named among the reserves.
  • Tautau Moga will continue his return from a hamstring injury in the Canterbury Cup as he bids to build his fitness ahead of a potential NRL comeback in round 3 but will have to displace the current incumbents in the centres.

THE PREDICTION

Wests showed some good spirit to overcome St. George last week but will face a tricky task to back that up as they host Newcastle. The Knights got off to a great start as they nilled New Zealand Warriors but their defence will be asked more questions here. Both teams showed glimpses of what they can do with the ball last week and in what is likely to be an open game, this should see more than 40.5 points.

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