Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Tips and Odds – NRL 2022

SCG will play host to Saturday's Round 1 NRL game between Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights. 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 Sydney Roosters vs. Newcastle Knights game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Saturday March 12, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Where: SCG

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Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Odds

Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Preview

Sydney Roosters emerged from the injury-ravaged ordeal of 2021 with their heads held high, winning 16 games to finish fifth. Despite the retirement of Boyd Cordner, Jake Friend and Brett and Josh Morris (who only made 28 appearances between them last year), Trent Robinson’s perennial contenders look in tremendous shape.

Luke Keary returns to partner Sam Walker in the halves for the first time, while Lindsay Collins is back in a mouth-watering forward pack. Ex-Knights utility Connor Watson starts in the No.9 with Sam Verrills suspended and Billy Smith is named at centre with Joseph Suaalii injured.

Despite back-to-back seventh-place finishes, it’s shaping as a make-or-break campaign for coach Adam O’Brien and Newcastle. Adam Clune fills the halfback crater left by Mitchell Pearce and Dane Gagai’s return to the club should pay dividends, but a long-term injury to super-reliable hooker and captain Jayden Brailey has compounded Watson’s exit.

Kurt Mann has been picked as a lightweight lock and Chris Randall is the hooker in an otherwise solid pack reputation-wise that needs to lift on its 2021 performances. Kalyn Ponga is their obvious go-to player, but getting him into the game most effectively looms as a challenge for an unfamiliar spine combination – particularly if their underwhelming trial showings are an indication.

The Roosters have won 14 of their last 16 against the Knights, including the last four encounters by margins of 20-plus points. Meanwhile, the Novocastrians haven’t toppled the Tricolours in Sydney since 2009.

A smoky for the spoon, the Knights are the biggest outsiders of Round 1 – and for myriad good reasons. The James Tedesco-led Chooks should coast to victory at the SCG.

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Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights Teams

Roosters team:

1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Billy Smith
4. Joseph Manu
5. Paul Momirovski
6. Sam Walker
7. Luke Keary
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Connor Watson
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Angus Crichton
12. Sitili Tupouniua
13. Victor Radley

14. Drew Hutchison
15. Fletcher Baker
16. Nat Butcher
17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho

18. Kevin Naiqama
19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
20. Lachlan Lam
21. Naufahu Whyte
22. Adam Keighran
23. Tuku Hau Tapuha
24. Ben Marschke

Knights team:

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Dom Young
3. Dane Gagai
4. Bradman Best
5. Enari Tuala
6. Jake Clifford
7. Adam Clune
8. David Klemmer
9. Chris Randall
10. Jacob Saifiti
11. Tyson Frizell
12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
13. Kurt Mann

14. Phoenix Crossland
15. Mitchell Barnett
16. Leo Thompson
17. Jirah Momoisea

18. Tex Hoy
19. Pasami Saulo
20. Simi Sasagi
21. Brayden Musgrove
22. Matt Croker
23. Dylan Lucas
24. Jaron Purcell