How to watch Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks NRL live and match preview
The Sharks are coming off a week of turmoil ahead of their clash with a Newcastle outfit riding a 3-game losing skid. Something has to give.
Knights vs Sharks is a meeting of two clubs feeling the heat. Newcastle coach Adam O'Brien gave his players an almighty spray following their heavy loss to the Titans last week. They will be desperate to beat Cronulla as they have tough matches against the Panthers, Roosters and Raiders looming.
The Sharks' woes run much deeper after they sacked coach John Morris and prepare for a new era under NSW Origin assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon from next season. Sharks assistant Josh Hannay will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of 2021.
Newcastle vs Cronulla kick-off time
This Friday night clash kicks off at 6pm AEST at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on 16 April. Check out the 2021 NRL draw here.
How to watch Knights vs Sharks live and free
If you want to tune in to this spicy-looking clash, there is no free-to-air coverage. You have three options: Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Of that trio Kayo offers the best value as it's the only way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
Only six of Cronulla's regular season games all season long are on Channel 9. Including this match, their next five fixtures are all on Fox Footy. You won't see them on free-to-air until the end of May.
The Knights have 9 of their 24 matches on Channel 9, but only a single game on FTA in the next 5 weeks. So fans of either club will want to strongly consider signing up to Kayo Sports, to ensure you get access to every game live.
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Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks match preview
It's fair to say the Sharks have the wood over the Knights, having won 8 of the past 10 meetings between the sides. One of those victories was a 62-0 demolition job in 2016 which remains Newcastle's worst defeat at home.
Yet the Knights did finally stop the bleeding and win the past two clashes between the sides. The return of Kurt Mann and Bradman Best from injuries and prop Jacob Saifiti from suspension will be a massive boost to the home side.
The Sharks will be burning after letting slip a 14-point lead in their loss to the Roosters last weekend. We can't wait to see how they respond under interim coach Hannay, who didn't have much success at the Cowboys last year when they sacked Paul Green mid-season.
Cronulla skipper Wade Graham and Josh Dugan will both miss Friday's match after failing concussion tests last week. But with a fresh start under Hannay and some certainty around the club's future direction, we expect the Sharks to overcome a Knights outfit devoid of confidence.
Knights vs Sharks team lists
Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Brayden Musgrove 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Blake Green 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Connor Watson 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Pasami Saulo
Sharks team: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Mawene Hiroti 4. Jesse Ramien 12. Teig Wilton 3. Connor Tracey 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 16. Jack Williams 13. Toby Rudolf 14. Billy Magoulias 15. Aiden Tolman 17. Siosifa Talakai 18. Braydon Trindall 20. Franklin Pele 21. Jenson Taumoepeau
Sharks winger Ronaldo Mulitalo was ruled out 24 hours before kick-off. His absence causes a major backline reshuffle with Teig Wilton moving to the centers, Connor Tracey to the wing and Jesse Ramien swapping from the right to the left side of the field. Jack Williams will now start in the backrow with Braydon Trindall joining the bench in jersey 18.
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