Rugby Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions
- Title : Rugby Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles Predictions
Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles tips for Thursday's NRL Round 5 match The game is being played at McDonald Jones Stadium (10:50 BST) Will they bounce back from 2 straight losses and win this fixture again?
Virile have won their last two but must nw show their capacities without star man Tom Trbojevic, commodity they've plodded with in the history.
Virile lead the head to head 33-22 from 55 meetings, but have lost the last three to the Knights.
Last time, Newcastle won 18-10 at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Newcastle Knights Form
The Knights' triumphs in the opening two rounds against the Sydney Roosters and Wests Barracuda have been followed by back-to- back defeats.
AdamO'Brien's side were no match for the reigning premiers in Round 3 as they lost 38-20 to Penrith Cougars. Last week, the Knights were poor in an 18-0 defeat to Cronulla Harpies in what was their first shut out since 2017.
Newcastle Knights Team News
The Knights make one change with Jacob Saifiti starting and Leo Thompson dropping to the cloverleaf.
Newcastle Knights Team List
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Enari Tuala 6. Jake Clifford 7. Adam Clune 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Kurt Mann 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Leo Thompson 17. Jirah Momoisea 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Pasami Saulo 20. Tex Hoy 21. Edrick Lee 22. Jaron Purcell 23. Dylan Lucas 24. Brayden Musgrove
Manly Sea Eagles Form
Virile have got their season up and running with back-to- back triumphs over Canterbury Bulldogs and Canberra Aggressors. While their 13-12 success over the Bulldogs was a real arm scuffle, Manly were much more fluent last week in a 25-6 palm over Canberra.
The palm came at a cost, still, with Tom Trbojevic injuring his knee and facing up to six weeks on the sidelines.
Manly Sea Eagles Team News
Star fullback Tom Trbojevic is out for over to six weeks with a knee injury. Tolutau Koula replaces him at fullback with Christian Tuipulotu moving into the starting line-up in the centres.
Manly Sea Eagles Team List
1. Tolutau Koula 2. Jason Saab 3. Christian Tuipulotu 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka 18. Ethan Bullemor 19. Toafofoa Sipley 20. Brad Parker 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Kurt De Luis 23. Kaeo Weekes 24. Jake Trbojevic
The Knights were awful last week but are sloped to win back at home. They've an excellent recent record against Manly, who are poor on the road and have lost star man Tom Trbojevic.
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|Prediction||Newcastle Knights to win|
|Start Time||10:50 : 07-Apr-22|