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  • Newcastle beat the Sharks 38-10 last season with Kalyn Ponga scoring three tries
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Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks Tips


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 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 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 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 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 14. Billy Magoulias 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Siosifa Talaki 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Nene Macdonald 20. Franklin Pele 21. Jensen Taumoepeau

Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks FAQs

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When is Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks taking place?

The Round 6 clash is being played at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday, April 16.

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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 Caesars (Sport) - 3 Units
First Tryscorer Tip: Kalyn Ponga First Tryscorer @1600.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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