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Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions & Tips - Kalyn Ponga to keep scoring in the NRL

  • Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks predictions for Friday’s NRL game
  • The Round 6 clash is being played at 9am BST at McDonald Jones Stadium
  • Newcastle beat the Sharks 38-10 last season with Kalyn Ponga scoring three tries
  • I am backing the Knights to win and Ponga to score
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Kalyn Ponga scored 3 tries in his last game against the Sharks (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 13 Apr 2021
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Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks Predictions


Cronulla Sharks have problems off the field with the Newcastle Knights set to capitalise at home. Stick with Kalyn Ponga in the try scoring markets.

  • Newcastle Knights have won 6 of their last 8 home games.
  • Newcastle Knights' Kalyn Ponga scored 5 tries in his last 5 games.
  • Newcastle Knights' Kalyn Ponga scored 3 tries in his last game against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Newcastle Knights have won their last 2 games against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Cronulla Sharks have lost 3 of their last 4 games.

Head to Head


Newcastle Knights have a 30-24 advantage against Cronulla Sharks with one draw in 55 games.

The Sharks won eight straight but the Knights have won the last two encounters, including 38-10 last season with Kalyn Ponga scoring three tries.

Newcastle Knights Form


Newcastle won their opening two games of the season. The Knights beat the Bulldogs 32-16 at home before a 20-16 win against the Warriors on the Central Coast.

Adam O'Brien’s side have lost their last three games. Newcastle lost 24-20 against the Tigers after conceding a late try.

The Knights lost 22-13 against the Dragons, taking the lead twice but failing to hold on after suffering a number of injuries to key players.

Newcastle fell to a 42-16 defeat against the Titans on the Gold Coast last week. They couldn’t handle David Fifita but there were positive signs with Kalyn Ponga scoring a try in his first game of the season.

Newcastle Knights Injuries & Team News


Bradman Best (elbow) returns in the centres and Kurt Mann (concussion) comes back into five-eighth. Connor Watson moves back to lock.

Jacob Saifiti (suspension) returns on the bench with Pasami Saulo out of the 17. 

Brayden Musgrove has been named to make his debut on the wing in place of Starford To'a. Edrick Lee (foot) is out for another week.

Mitchell Pearce (pectoral) is out until rounds 14-16. Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder), Dom Young (knee) and Jirah Momoisea (Achilles) are out indefinitely.

Newcastle Knights Line Up


1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Brayden Musgrove 
3. Enari Tuala
4. Bradman Best
5. Hymel Hunt
6. Kurt Mann
7. Blake Green
8. David Klemmer
9. Jayden Brailey
10. Daniel Saifiti 
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Mitchell Barnett
13. Connor Watson

Interchange

14. Sauaso Sue
15. Jacob Saifiti
16. Josh King
17. Brodie Jones

Reserves

18. Simi Sasagi
19. Pasami Saulo
20. Phoenix Crossland
21. Gehamat Shibasaki

Cronulla Sharks Form


Cronulla started the season with a 32-18 win against the Dragons. They had excused in a 12-10 loss against Canberra with Chad Townsend missing all three attempts at goal.

The Sharks had more excuses in a 28-4 loss against Parramatta after suffering a number of injuries. They played more than 45 minutes with no men on the bench.

John Morris’ side bounced back with a 48-10 win against the Cowboys. They completed 84% of their sets, conceded 1 penalty and dominated the game.

The Sharks led the Roosters 18-4 with 20 minutes remaining last week. They conceded four tries in the final quarter of the game to go down 26-18.

Cronulla Sharks Injuries & Team News


Briton Nikora (suspension) returns to the second row but Wade Graham (concussion) misses out. 

Teig Wilton continues in the back row with Siosifa Talakai (shoulder) on the bench for his first game of the year. 

Josh Dugan (concussion) is also out with Connor Tracey to start in the centres.

Andrew Fifita (suspension) is unavailable for selection after a crusher tackle in reserve grade.

Royce Hunt (knee) could return next week. Sione Katoa (knee) is out until rounds 8-10 with playmaker Shaun Johnson (Achilles) scheduled to return in rounds 7-8.

Craig Fitzgibbon signed a three-year deal with the Sharks and will join the club at the end of the season. John Morris relinquished his coaching post immediately with current Sharks assistant Josh Hannay taking charge for the rest of 2021.

Cronulla Sharks Line Up


1. Will Kennedy
2. Mawene Hiroti
3. Connor Tracey
4. Jesse Ramien
5. Ronaldo Mulitalo
6. Matt Moylan
7. Chad Townsend
8. Braden Hamlin-Uele
9. Blayke Brailey
10. Aaron Woods
11. Briton Nikora
12. Teig Wilton
13. Toby Rudolf

Interchange

14. Billy Magoulias
15. Aiden Tolman
16. Jack Williams
17. Siosifa Talaki

Reserves

18. Braydon Trindall
19. Nene Macdonald 
20. Franklin Pele
21. Jensen Taumoepeau

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Verdict

Newcastle will be fired up after three straight defeats. They get some key players back which helps their cause.
 
The Sharks have important players missing and the off field drama could negatively affect their performance here. The value is with the Knights and Kalyn Ponga.

Best Bets: Newcastle Knights Winner @138.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Bets: Kalyn Ponga Anytime Tryscorer @170.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 3 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Kalyn Ponga First Tryscorer @1600.0 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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