How to watch Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters NRL live and match preview
The battered Roosters will aim to keep pace with the NRL front-runners when they take on the Knights.
Knights vs Roosters is a critical clash for both teams. The Knights (3-4 record) are obviously a much better outfit with star fullback Kalyn Ponga in the side. With three games now under his belt after injury, Ponga's attacking brilliance will be crucial with this clash against the Roosters.
The Roosters are just outside the top four with a 5-2 record. They are hanging tough despite a series of injuries to key players, with James Tedesco ruled out this week due to concussion. After tackling the Knights, the Roosters face a round nine blockbuster against the high-flying Eels.
Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters kick-off time
The Knights play host to the Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Saturday 1 May from 7:35pm AEST. Check out the full NRL draw here.
How to watch Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters live and free
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For the next four weeks, you won't find Newcastle on Channel 9. All up, just 9 of the Knights' 24 matches are on free-to-air TV. Even the hugely popular Roosters only have half of their matches available to watch for free.
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Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters match preview
Many experts put a line through the Roosters' premiership hopes when Luke Keary suffered a season-ending knee injury but Walker has proven he has the class to fill the void.
The Knights have made the most tackles in the NRL this season with 2,643. Knights hooker Jayden Brailey has made 385 of those tackles to top the NRL list in defence ahead of Saints rake Andrew McCullough (365). Maybe all this defence has taken some juice out of Newcastle's attack.
With Tedesco now sidelined this could go either way but we're leaning towards the Roosters. The Knights seem to have lapses in concentration at critical times and too often take the wrong last-play options. Roosters by eight points.
Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters team lists
Knights team: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To'a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 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. Pasami Saulo 19. Phoenix Crossland
Roosters team: 4. Joseph Manu 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 5. Brett Morris 19. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Lindsay Collins 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 14. Benjamin Marsce 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Fletcher Baker 21. Joseph Suaalii
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