September 01, 2021 1:10 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Saturday 4th September, 2021 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights taking place? Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Where can I get tickets for Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Brisbane Broncos 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 Brisbane Broncos 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

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Starting 13: Niu, Oates, Cobbo, Farnworth, Coates, Milford, Kelly, Flegler, Turpin, Haas, Glenn, Riki, Hetherington – Interchanges: Paix, Mead, Kennedy, Robati – Reserves: Levi, Croft, Arthars, Isaako

Unavailable: Patrick Carrigan (Injured), John Asiata (Injured), Kotoni Staggs (Injured), Tyson Gamble (Injured), Keenan Palasia (Injured), Xavier Willison (Injured), Tom Flegler (Suspended), Brendan Piakura (Suspended)

  • Brisbane Broncos suffered a third defeat in their last four outings as they fell short in their quest to do the double over Cronulla Sharks and that loss leaves them needing a win in their final game of the season to have any chance at avoiding finishing in 15th spot.
  • After claiming the wooden spoon last season, head coach Kevin Walters has guided his side to a better year but only barely and this last contest will be used to try and lay a platform for better things next season.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Starting 13: Ponga, Tuala, Mann, Best, To’a, Clifford, Pearce, Klemmer, Randall, Sue, Frizell, Jones, Watson – Interchanges: Crossland, Momoisea, King, Johns – Reserves: Young, Saulo, Hoy, Sasagi

Unavailable: Edrick Lee (Injured), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Injured), Daniel Saifiti (Injured)

  • Newcastle Knights booked their spot in the finals in dramatic circumstances as Mitchell Pearce slotted a last-gasp field goal to edge Gold Coast Titans and make it five straight wins for the Knights.
  • In a cagey affair, neither side took control of the affair and it needed Pearce’s effort to separate the teams with that win allowing head coach Adam O’Brien the luxury of resting a handful of players for this last clash of the regular season.

THE PREDICTION

Brisbane Broncos have endured another poor season with things not going to plan for new head coach Kevin Walters despite avoiding a second successive wooden spoon. They will finish at the wrong end of the ladder once again but there is some light at the end of the tunnel with the club hoping their recruitment for next year can help them turn the tide. They can also lay down a marker here for next year by prevailing in their final game of this season but having lost their last four matches against Newcastle Knights, this is a tall order for them. The Knights also come into this on the back of a five-game winning streak and they can make it six here.

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