Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters Tips and Odds – NRL 2023 Round 16

McDonald Jones Stadium will play host to Saturday's Round 16 NRL game between Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters. The game kicks off at 3:00 pm with Sydney Roosters heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Newcastle Knights vs. Sydney Roosters game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Saturday June 17, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Where: McDonald Jones Stadium

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Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters Odds

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Sydney Roosters’ bid to turn a flagging campaign around does not get any easier with a trip to Newcastle and a spine reshuffle.

The 12th-placed Tricolours have won just one of their last five, squeaking past the Bulldogs 25-24 in Round 14 – largely thanks to James Tedesco’s class – but were comprehensively outplayed in an error-strewn 30-6 loss to the Panthers last Saturday. The Roosters have the worst attacking record in the NRL.

Joey Manu lines up at fullback in NSW skipper Tedesco’s stead, which brings youngster Sandon Smith into the halves.

With Lindsay Collins on Origin duty and Matt Lodge left out, Nat Butcher moves to prop, Naufahu Whyte starts at lock and Terrell May joins the bench. Billy Smith returns at centre, with Drew Hutchison reverting to the interchange.

The Knights sit 13th but would have beaten most sides in the competition with the heart they showed in a 24-20 loss to the Broncos last weekend, conceding two tries in the last 11 minutes of a match they arguably deserved to win.

Kalyn Ponga stood tall at fullback, while fellow Maroons reject Dane Gagai laid on two tries, and the Saifiti twins combined for 331 metres.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon returns in time to replace NSW second-rower Tyson Frizell, but in a major blow tryscoring, metre-eating winger Greg Marzhew has been dropped for disciplinary reasons and replaced on the flank by Enari Tuala.

The Roosters have won 15 of their last 18 against the Knights, including five of the last six in Newcastle. Honours were shared last season, with the Knights pulling off a 20-6 upset at the SCG in Round 1 before the Roosters responded with a 42-12 away win in Round 19.

The Knights are surprisingly short $1.52 favourites, but form-wise they do appear to have an advantage over the reshuffled Roosters in most departments. Luke Keary has a massive job in front of him leading the embattled heavyweights…the Knights should be able to scramble their way to a pivotal win.

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Head To Head Bet

Sydney Roosters
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We're tipping Sydney Roosters to win at $2.55 odds.

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Enari Tuala
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First Try Scorer: Enari Tuala at $8.50.

Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters Teams

Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Enari Tuala 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Dylan Lucas 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Adam Elliott 14. Kurt Mann 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Mathew Croker 18. Jack Johns 19. Simi Sasagi 20. Brodie Jones 21. Lachlan Miller 22. Adam Clune

Roosters team: 1. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Corey Allan 4. Billy Smith 5. Junior Pauga 6. Luke Keary 7. Sandon Smith 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Turpin 10. Nat Butcher 11. Egan Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Naufahu Whyte 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Nathan Brown 16. Terrell May 17. Angus Crichton 18. Siua Wong 19. Zach Dockar-Clay 20. Jaxson Paulo 21. Tuipulotu Katoa 22. Elie El Zakhem