The Newcastle Knights will look to bounce back from their upset loss in Round 5 when they host the Brisbane Broncos in Round 6 on Thursday, June 18. With the Knights looking to avoid their second loss of the season and the Broncos looking for the big road upset, let’s find out where the best rugby betting value lies in this Round 6 affair so you can make your bets against their NRL odds.
NRL Broncos Vs Knights Round 6
Why Bet On The Knights
Newcastle is sitting in fourth place in the NRL standings with seven points. The Knights have scored 122 points this season while allowing 82 points defensively (+40). New Castle suffered their first loss of the season in falling to the Melbourne Storm at home 26-12 on Saturday. The Knights got scoring tries from Bradman Best and Eldrick Lee and one conversion from Kalyn Ponga while allowing four tries and four conversions in the loss. Ponga added a penalty goal, but the Knights also gave up one to Cameron Smith in the defeat while losing the possession battle 53-47 percent and the meters run matchup 1,932 to 1,697.
New Knights hooker Andrew McCullough will face his former team for the first time after playing 260 matches for the Broncos. Lachlan Fitzgibbon returns from a hamstring injury in the second row, with Aidan Guerra moving to the bench and Brodie Jones out of the side. Five-eighth Kurt Mann has been struggling with an ankle sprain but he should have no dramas suiting up after playing 80 minutes against Melbourne.
Why Bet On The Broncos
Brisbane is sitting in 12th place in the NRL standings with four points. The Broncos have scored 74 points this season while allowing a whopping 152 points defensively (-78). Brisbane comes into this affair off a crushing 20-18 road loss against the Manly Sea Eagles on Thursday.
Kotoni Staggs, Xavier Coates and Darius Boyd all scored tries while Jamayne Issako went 3-for-3 on conversions. Brisbane gave up three tries and a pair of conversions, but also allowed two penalty goals by Reuben Garrick to come up just short of getting the big road win. The Broncos lost the possession battle 54-46 percent and the meters run matchup 1,696 to 1,612.
Staggs has been sidelined after suffering a hamstring injury at training on Sunday. Corey Oates goes back to the wing, Herbie Farnworth moves to centre to cover Staggs, Alex Glenn and Tevita Pangai return in the second row and Joe Ofahengaue moves to the bench, with Rhys Kennedy out of the 17.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Newcastle is the better offensive team in this pairing, having outscored Brisbane 122-74 and they are also the better defensive club in allowing just 82 points to Brisbane’s 152 points allowed. With that said, and Brisbane already having been beaten three times this season, Newcastle is the easy pick to win this matchup and get back in the win column at home.
Pick: Knights 32 Broncos 18
General Game Info Brisbane Broncos (2-0-3) Vs. Newcastle Knights (3-1-1)
- When: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 4:50 AM AEST
- Where: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
- Broncos Vs Knights Live: Fox Sports
- Money Lines: Knights -227 / Broncos +179
Telstra Premiership 2020 Round 6 Matches
- Warriors vs Rabbitohs – Friday 19th June, 04:00 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Storm vs Panthers – Friday 19th June, 05:55 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Dragons vs Titans – Saturday 20th June, 01:00 AM | Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Cowboys vs Wests Tigers – Saturday 20th June, 03:30 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Eels vs Roosters – Saturday 20th June, 05:35 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
- Sea Eagles vs Raiders – Sunday 21st June, 02:05 AM | Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
- Bulldogs vs Sharks – Sunday 21st June, 04:30 AM | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney