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Newcastle Knights vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions & Tips - Knights to edge it at home

  • Newcastle Knights vs New Zealand Warriors predictions for Saturday's NRL Round 15 match
  • The match is being played at McDonald Jones Stadium (6.00am BST)
  • The Knights have won 4 of their last 6 home matches against the Warriors
  • Newcastle are tipped to edge a win in a high-scoring game
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Gary Emmerson 17 Jun 2021
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Newcastle Knights vs New Zealand Warriors Predictions


Two out of form sides clash and something has to give. The Knights have home advantage and appeal at the prices. With both defences struggling, over the match total is also tipped.

  • Newcastle Knights have lost 9 of their last 12 matches.
  • Newcastle Knights have conceded 36+ points in 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • Newcastle Knights have won 4 of their last 6 home matches against New Zealand Warriors.
  • New Zealand Warriors have lost 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • New Zealand Warriors have seen 44+ points in their last 7 matches.
  • New Zealand has seen over the total match points in their last 5 matches.

Head to Head


The Knights were 20-16 winners when they sides met at Central Coast Stadium in Round 2 this season. That win made it four victories each from the last eight clashes.

Newcastle have had the better of things at home of late, winning four of the last six.

Newcastle Knights Form


Newcastle Knights put up a spirited effort against South Sydney Rabbitohs last weekend, although it was still another defeat.

The 24-10 loss in Sydney made it nine defeats in 12 matches since the Knights won against the Warriors in Round 2.

It was an improved defensive performance from the Knights, who had leaked 36 points or more in three of their four previous games.

They went down 36-18 to Wests Tigers, 36-20 to North Queensland Cowboys and 40-4 to the Parramatta Eels.

Newcastle Knights Team News


Having been named to return from injury, star fullback Kalyn Ponga has since been ruled out so the Knights will make a change to their planned line-up.

Newcastle have handed starts to Mitchell Pearce (pectoral) and Hymel Hunt (hamstring) on their return to action.

David Klemmer is also back from a two-game ban, although he will start from the bench.

But Bradman Best is out and will miss up to two months of action after suffering a syndesmosis injury.

Newcastle Knights Team List


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. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Brodie Jones 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 15. David Klemmer 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Jack Johns 18. Josh King 19. Mathew Croker 20. Brayden Musgrove 21. Tex Hoy

New Zealand Warriors Form


The Warriors were given a touch up by the Melbourne Storm last week, losing 42-16 at home on the Central Coast.

It was a fourth loss in the last five games following defeats to Manly Sea Eagles, Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys.

Nathan Brown's side did record a win over Wests Tigers in the last five games, but they are at a crucial point of their season with a 5-8 record.

New Zealand Warriors Team News


Chanel Harris-Tavita has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a pectoral injury ending his campaign.

Sean O’Sullivan comes in for the Warriors at halfback, while Addin Fonua-Blake is also back in the starting line up after coming through his comeback from the bench last week.

The Warriors also have fullback Reece Walsh available following a suspension and it results in a reshuffle.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Marcelo Montoya move to the wings and Rocco Berry switches to the centres.  

Jazz Tevaga will start at dummy half for Wayde Egan, who is ruled out due to concussion protocols.

New Zealand Warriors Team List


1. Reece Walsh 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Rocco Berry 4. Euan Aitken 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Jazz Tevaga 10. Ben Murdoch-Masila 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran 14. Eliesa Katoa 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Kane Evans 18. Edward Kosi 20. Jack Murchie 21. Adam Pompey 23. Taniela Otukolo

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Verdict

The Knights are tipped to win at home. With both sides leaking points of late, over the match total is predicted.

Best Bet: Knights Win Match Result @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 49.5 Points Total Points @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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