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Newcastle Knights vs North Queensland Cowboys Predictions & Tips - Ponga to power the Knights to victory in the NRL

  • Newcastle Knights vs North Queensland Cowboys predictions, preview & tips
  • The Round 16 clash is being played at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday (10.35am BST)
  • Newcastle have won by 8+ points in 4 of their last 5 home games against North Queensland
  • I am backing the Knights to win and Kalyn Ponga to score
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Kalyn Ponga has scored 4 tries in 5 games this season (Getty Images)
Eddy Tora 01 Jul 2021
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Newcastle Knights vs North Queensland Cowboys Predictions


The Knights do their best work in Newcastle and get Kalyn Ponga back from injury. I am backing Newcastle to beat North Queensland who struggle away from home.

  • Newcastle Knights have won 2 of their last 3 home games.
  • Newcastle Knights’ Kalyn Ponga has scored 4 tries in 5 games this season.
  • Newcastle Knights have won by 8+ points in 4 of their last 5 home games against North Queensland Cowboys.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have conceded 26+ points in their last 3 games.
  • North Queensland Cowboys have lost 5 of their last 6 away games.

Head to Head


Newcastle Knights have a 21-20 advantage against North Queensland Cowboys in 41 games.

Newcastle Knights Form


Newcastle won their opening two games of the season but haven’t won back to back games since. They have had injury problems but are starting to get their key players back.

Adam O'Brien’s side lost two straight before getting back in the winners circle last time out.

The Knights beat the Warriors 10-6 at home after trailing 6-0. Tries to Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Brodie Jones got it done as they completed 85% (40/47) of their sets and missed just 15 tackles.

Newcastle Knights Injuries & Team News


Kalyn Ponga returns at fullback after overcoming an adductor injury.

Kurt Mann (ankle) is doubtful but has been named in the centres.

Daniel Saifiti has been named to start at prop after playing in Origin.

Tyson Frizell (ankle) is due back in round 18, Bradman Best (ankle) in round 24 and Edrick Lee (foot) is out indefinitely.

Newcastle Knights Line Up


1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Dominic Young
3. Kurt Mann
4. Enari Tuala
5. Hymel Hunt
6. Jake Clifford
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Jacob Saifiti
9. Jayden Brailey
10. Daniel Saifiti 
11. Mitchell Barnett
12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 
13. Sauaso Sue

Interchange

14. Connor Watson
15. David Klemmer
16. Josh King
17. Brodie Jones

Reserves

18. Jack Johns
19. Phoenix Crossland
20. Simi Sasagi
21. Jirah Momoisea

North Queensland Cowboys Form


North Queensland have lost their last two games and their last three on the road.

Todd Payten’s side copped a 50-18 hiding in Manly after taking a 12-0 lead. They completed just 61% (20/33) of their sets and missed a whopping 52 tackles.

The Cowboys returned home where they suffered a 26-24 defeat. They scored two late tries to add some respectability to the score line but missed 40 tackles in Townsville.

North Queensland Cowboys Injuries & Team News


There are no changes to the Cowboys team that lost to Cronulla in round 15.

Valentine Holmes, Kyle Feldt and Francis Molo are all expected to back up from Origin.

North Queensland Cowboys Line Up


1. Valentine Holmes
2. Kyle Feldt
3. Javid Bowen
4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
5. Murray Taulagi
6. Scott Drinkwater
7. Tom Dearden
8. Coen Hess
9. Reece Robson
10. Jordan McLean
11. Shane Wright
12. Mitch Dunn
13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange

14. Jake Granville
15. Tom Gilbert
16. Lachlan Burr
17. Francis Molo

Reserves

18. Peter Hola
19. Daejarn Asi
20. Conelly Lemuelu
21. Heilum Luki

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Verdict

Newcastle have home advantage and get Kalyn Ponga back from injury. I am backing the Knights to win and Kalyn Ponga to score.

Best Bet: Newcastle Knights Win Winner @-175.44 at BetMGM - 7 Units
Anytime Tryscorer Tip: Kalyn Ponga Anytime Tryscorer @100.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Kalyn Ponga First Tryscorer @1200.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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