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NRL Round 16: Knights v Cowboys
The Knights look so much better at Ponga at 1, and when you throw in the recent return of Pearce from injury and the addition of Clifford, and perhaps you can see why I still have faith in this Knights line up.
I really like that Young has kept his spot on the wing, and with Hunt back on the other wing, the Knights have two wingers that provide very good go-forward and that are capable of finishing their chances.
The bench of Watson, Klemmer, King and Jones is strong and mobile, and at home, I like their chances here.
The Cowboys look decent enough, but guys like J Bowen, Hess and McLean will be targeted by the Knights attacking strike weapons.
Despite a promising run of form from Round 5 to Round 12, the Cowboys have slipped in recent weeks. While they nearly staged a miracle comeback against the Sharks, they were down 26-12 against the Sharks in Townsville, after being thrashed a week earlier against Manly.
There are no more excuses for this Knights outfit. Coach O’Brien has urged patience, but with his team, they should be competitive in all their remaining games in 2021.
D Saf is backing up from Origin, the Cowboys three player contingent is likely to be.
I think Ponga, Pearce and Brailey will all combine to help the Knights to a convincing win in this one.
Predicted score Knights 26 – Cowboys 14