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09 Jun 2023
Ryan Tucker 09 Jun 2023
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  • Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights predictions for Saturday’s NRL game (17:30 AEST)
  • Brisbane have not lost to a team outside of the current top 8 so far in 2023
  • Can the Knights stop the Payne Train from tearing through the middle?
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Brisbane Broncos vs Newcastle Knights Predictions

Brisbane are back home after a two-game away trip and are one of three teams heading into this weekend who still have not had a bye. With that said they do not look like slowing down and with the most wins in the league (10) they are the in-form team.
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The Knights are coming off the back of their second bye of the season and their injury concerns from earlier in the year seem to be settling down. 

The Knights concede the most run metres of any team in the NRL at 1515m per game, with Brisbane averaging 1493 metres off the back of Payne Haas’ barnstorming runs. Brisbane should win this game comfortably with the amount of attacking possession afforded to them.

  • Brisbane score on average 1 try per 6 tackles in their opposition 20.
  • Only one of the last 6 games between the Broncos and Knights has finished with a margin of less than 12 points. 
  • 2 of the last 3 games played between these teams have gone over the total.
  • Newcastle allow the majority of their tries to wingers and centres. 

Head to Head 

Brisbane have won the last three games in a row against Newcastle with two of those being at Suncorp. All three games have been by margins of over 12 points. 

Prior to that the Knights had a four-game win streak stretching back to 2018.

Brisbane Broncos Form

The Broncos had an uplifting win last week against top 8 rivals Cronulla after some poor performances in rounds 11 & 12 against the Storm and Panthers. 

Brisbane were also able to put away the Warriors in round 13 without their Origin stars. 

Brisbane are 6-0 against teams currently outside of the top 8.

Brisbane Broncos Team News

Selwyn Cobbo returns from injury on the wing moving Jesse Arthars to 18th man.

Brisbane Broncos Team List

1. Reece Walsh
2. Corey Oates
3. Kotoni Staggs
4. Herbie Farnworth
5. Selwyn Cobbo
6. Ezra Mam
7. Adam Reynolds
8. Thomas Flegler
9. Billy Walters
10. Payne Haas
11. Kurt Capewell
12. Jordan Riki
13. Patrick Carrigan


14. Cory Paix
15. Brendan Piakura
16. Kobe Hetherington
17. Martin Taupau


18. Jesse Arthars
19. Corey Jensen
20. Keenan Palasia
21. Deine Mariner
22. Tyson Smoothy

Newcastle Knights Form

The Knights have gone 2-1 since their bye in round 10 putting on sizeable scores against both the Titans and Manly. 

They were held to only six points against the Sharks in round 12, their lowest total so far in 2023.

The Knights missed only 19 tackles in their last start, a win over Manly.

Newcastle Knights Team News

Tyson Frizell has been named in the Knights first game after Origin, Jack Johns is named on the reserves list.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon has been named to play despite suffering a calf injury against the Sea Eagles in Round 13. 

Kurt Mann grabs the 14 jumper with Lachlan Miller missing selection this week. 

Newcastle Knights Team List

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Dominic Young
3. Dane Gagai
4. Bradman Best
5. Greg Marzhew
6. Tyson Gamble
7. Jackson Hastings
8. Daniel Saifiti
9. Phoenix Crossland
10. Leo Thompson 
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
13. Adam Elliott


14. Kurt Mann
15. Jacob Saifiti 
16. Jack Hetherington
17. Mat Croker 


18. Dylan Lucas
19. Enari Tuala
20. Jack Johns
21. Lachlan Miller
22. Brodie Jones


The Broncos are on another level this year and whilst the Knights have been competitive and have had some upset wins I can’t see it happening here. 

The go forward of the Broncos pack is no match for the flimsy middle defence from Newcastle and Brisbane will have more than enough tackles inside opposition 20 to post points. Kotoni Staggs is peaking at the moment and can cross for a four pointer.

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