McDonald Jones Stadium will play host to Saturday's Round 1 NRL game between Newcastle Knights and New Zealand Warriors. The game kicks off at 3:00 pm with Newcastle Knights heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Newcastle Knights vs. New Zealand Warriors game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday March 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium
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An intriguing match will see the Knights and Warriors launch their respective campaigns in the Hunter on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights haven’t made the finals since 2013, but a new coach in Adam O’Brien along with some of the league’s strongest rosters on paper looks like ending that hoodoo in 2020. It’s obviously all about Kalyn Ponga, but it’s also about a sturdy backline, good halves and a big, mobile forward pack.
The Warriors always seem to field a side with enormous potential, but rarely do they recognise it. I have them in a similar bag to the Eels in 2020 – I really need to see them do it before I consider them anything of a threat.
I certainly have the Knights in my six this season, but I think it will take them at least a few weeks to get going and they look under the odds to win this match to me ($1.42 at publish). I’m going to back the Warriors to cover a 6.5-point line as outsiders.
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Newcastle Knights vs New Zealand Warriors Teams
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Herman Ese’ese 14. Connor Watson 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Tim Glasby 17. Aidan Guerra 18. Pasami Saulo 19. Starford To’a 20. Mason Lino 21. Brodie Jones
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. David Fusitua 4. Peta Hiku 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Blake Green 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Wayde Egan 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Adam Blair 12. Tohu Harris 13. Isaiah Papalii 14. Kodi Nikorima 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Karl Lawton 18. King Vuniyayawa 20. Hayze Perham 21. Leivaha Pulu 22. Taane Milne