We take a look at Saturday afternoons (17/8/2019) NRL 2019 Week 22 match is between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys. The Knights host the Cowboys and they go into the match as the short priced favourites in the betting.
When: Saturday August 17, 3:00pm
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Newcastle will be out to avoid a seventh straight loss when it hosts North Queensland on Saturday afternoon. The Knights’ season has spiralled out of control, winning just 3 of their past 10 games to fall to 12th on the ladder and 1.5 games off the 8th placed Broncos.
Last week’s 20-14 loss has prompted a couple of changes by Nathan Brown, with Connor Watson preferred at hooker and Tim Glasby ruled out with concussion, replaced by Josh King.
Jordan McLean is back for the Cows, who were unlucky to lose 18-14 at the death to Brisbane. Josh McGuire drew the ire of the match review committee and misses three weeks, with Matt Scott keeping his spot in the forwards.
The Cowboys have won five in a row against the Knights in this series and this is the first time the two play this season. The Knights have covered just four times at home this season and the shine has certainly faded after a mid-season purple patch. The Wolf won’t be backing them as favourites any time soon, so its Cows and the points.
Tip: Newcastle Knights at $1.36
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Kurt Mann at $9.00
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Kurt Mann 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Tautau Moga 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6. Mason Lino 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Connor Watson 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Josh King Interchange: 14. Jacob Saifiti 15. Herman Ese’ese 16. Sione Mata’utia 17. Aidan Guerra Reserves: 18. Jamie Buhrer 19. Chris Randall 20. Jirah Momoisea 21. Danny Levi
Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Coen Hess 4. Tom Opacic 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo Interchange: 14. Reuben Cotter 15. John Asiata 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo Reserves: 18. Peter Hola 19. Tom Gilbert 20. Corey Jensen 21. Murray Taulagi
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change