How to watch Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders NRL live and match preview
Teams hoping to keep flickering finals chances alive meet when Newcastle play host to Canberra in Brisbane.
Knights vs Raiders is a battle of desperate teams. The Canberra Raiders are on a 3-game winning run and remain a finals chance as we near the pointy end of the NRL season.
They face the Knights in Brisbane in round 20, who also remain a live chance for a finals berth in 2021. This could be a classic.
When is Knights vs Raiders?
This match was originally scheduled to kick-off at 5:30pm AEST on Saturday 31 July. However, after the NRL was postponed yesterday due to Brisbane's snap lockdown the Raiders vs Knights will now play at the revised time Sunday 1 August at 1:50pm AEST. You can see the new NRL round 20 draw here.
How to watch Knights vs Raiders
Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your only options for watching the Knights and Raiders. Considering its price, free trial and accessibility, we think Kayo is the way to go. You can see further details in our comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel.
Stream Knights vs Raiders on Kayo Sports
Of Newcastle's 6 remaining games before the finals, only 3 of them are on Channel 9. It's worse for the Raiders, with just 2 of their 7 games left on free-to-air TV.
That means fans of either team should strongly consider signing up to Kayo to ensure you get every game of every round live or on demand. On Sunday night, Kayo also has live AFL, Formula 1 Grand Prix and much more. All up the platform has more than 50 sports for you to choose from.
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Knights vs Raiders team lists
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Kurt Mann 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Phoenix Crossland 7. Jake Clifford 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. David Klemmer 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jirah Momoisea 20. Tex Hoy
Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Harley Smith-Shields 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Semi Valemei 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young 14. Tom Starling 15. Matthew Timoko 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Matt Frawley 21. Dunamis Lui
Knights vs Raiders match preview
Stuart lauded his team's "grit" and "will to win" after their 2-point win against the Eels last round, characteristics that were sorely missing in the round 9 loss to the Knights. Stuart will want more grit and will to win this week for this meeting has a lot on the line.
If the Raiders are any chance of making finals, this is a game they have to win. Even then, a win here guarantees nothing. Canberra's run home is monstrous. After the Knights, they face the Dragons (currently 8th), Melbourne (1st), Manly (6th), the Warriors (14th) and the Roosters (5th). Wins won't come easily.
Newcastle's run home is more favourable – the Knights meet teams in the lower half of the ladder in the last 6 rounds – but they are a game further back than the Raiders and a loss here could prove costly.
Both teams welcome back important soldiers in a game which promises to be a battle until the last minute. One to watch.
Update: We republished this article at 10:10am AEST Sunday 1 August with the revised schedule for Knights vs Raiders.
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