How to watch Newcastle Knights vs Canterbury Bulldogs NRL live and free
The Newcastle Knights host the Bulldogs in the first Friday night match of the 2021 NRL season.
The Knights go into this match coming off a loss to premiers Melbourne in a trial match and without their star fullback Kalyn Ponga (shoulder). Tex Hoy replaces him.
The Novocastrians have red and blue blood running through their veins but are fed up with the inconsistent performances dished up last year. Under much-maligned halfback Mitchell Pearce and second-year head coach Adam O'Brien, it's now time to deliver.
Canterbury only avoided the wooden spoon last year thanks to a superior points differential to the Broncos. In their recent trial match they pulled off a come-from-behind victory against Cronulla. It appears the only way is up for new coach Trent Barrett but he will still be under pressure to lift the Bulldogs near the top eight.
When is Newcastle Knights vs Canterbury Bulldogs?
This match kicks off at 6pm AEDT on Friday 12 March at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
How to watch Knights vs Bulldogs
The only way to watch this Friday night clash is with a subscription. It is not on free-to-air television. Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports are the broadcasters of Knights vs Dogs. You can catch the game on Watch NRL if you're overseas. We also have a full viewing guide for the NRL season.
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Knights vs Bulldogs team lists
Newcastle Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Starford To'a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Gehamat Shibasaki 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitch Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Hymel Hunt 19. Pasami Saulo
Canterbury Bulldogs: 1. Corey Allan 2. Nick Meaney 3. Will Hopoate 4. Nick Cotric 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jake Averillo 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Sione Katoa 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Adam Elliott 12. Corey Waddell 13. Josh Jackson 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Dylan Napa 19 Tui Katoa 20. Chris Smith
Who will win Knights vs Bulldogs?
We're expecting this to be a fiercely fought encounter between a Knights side missing some key players and a Bulldogs team with a new playmaker in Kyle Flanagan and new coach in Barrett.
The Knights are more settled, despite missing Ponga, and Pearce will be determined to make amends for his pre-season from hell when he was embroiled in a sexting scandal and stripped of the club captaincy. Pearce has re-signed with Newcastle until 2022 and will want to have a mammoth year. New recruit Tyson Frizell will add plenty of punch to the Knights' attack.
The Bulldogs will still be working on their combinations and the jury is out on whether Flanagan has what it takes to be a chief playmaker in the NRL. They have won eight of their past nine games against the Knights but we'll still tip the home side by four points.
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