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NRL: Knights going for eight in a row

Newcastle Knights will be out to make it eight wins on the bounce when they entertain Cronulla Sharks in the Hunter on Sunday.

The seventh-placed Knights are flying and have not won seven games in a row since they won the premiership back in 2001.

They will face a tough test against a Sharks side who are also going well and sit fifth on the ladder with two games of the regular season remaining.

In the other game on Sunday, neither Canterbury Bulldogs nor Manly Sea Eagles can make finals, but there is still plenty to play for, including their pride.

Both will want to finish the season strongly to set them up for the 2024 NRL campaign.

In-form Knights face Sharks test

WhatNewcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks
WhereMcDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
When16:05 (AEST), Sunday 27th August 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsNewcastle Knights 1.68, Cronulla Sharks 2.20

Excitement is building at Newcastle and that is only natural after a run of form that has seen them win the last seven games.

The Knights are playing some impressive rugby league and are scoring tries for fun. They beat the Rabbitohs 29-10 last weekend and the Bulldogs 42-6, the week before.

Confidence will be sky-high heading into finals, which can only be a good thing.

They beat Souths without Jackson Hastings, but the star playmaker has recovered from an ankle injury and has been named to face the Sharks.

Greg Marzhew will be looking to extend his purple patch after scoring eight tries during Newcastle’s winning run.

Marzhew can be backed at 1.65 to score anytime, and 7.00 to grab the first try of the game.

Newcastle may be in good form, but so are Cronulla. The Sharks have seen off the Rabbitohs, Titans and Cowboys in their last three games, scoring over 30 points in each of the last two games.

They have beaten the Knights in their last three meetings, but on the whole do not have a great record at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Sharks won by 20 points on home soil back in May, but it is likely to be much closer on this occasion. Cronulla can be backed at 7.00 to win by 1-5 points.

Only pride to play for in Sydney

WhatCanterbury Bulldogs v Manly Sea Eagles
WhereAccor Stadium, Sydney
When14:00 (AEST), Sunday 27th August 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsCanterbury Bulldogs 2.45, Manly Sea Eagles 1.56

It has been a disappointing season for the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles, who both set their sights on playing finals in 2023.

They have both fallen well sort with the Sea Eagles in 12th spot with nine wins all season. The Bulldogs will be even more disappointed down in 15th with seven wins.

Manly were in the mix up until recently, but three defeats on the spin put an end to any hopes they had of making the top eight.

They have not been smashed however and ran both the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors close, losing the latter by just seven points.

Manly have also won eight of the past nine games against the Bulldogs and the trip to Accor Stadium will hold no fear.

The Bulldogs have won just one game in the last five and have conceded a total of 393 points in their last 10 games.

They also lead the competition for most missed tackles this season, so it is clear where they need to improve.

Canterbury do have Josh Addo-Carr though and the winger has scored 21 tries in 20 games at Accor Stadium. He can be backed at 9.50 to grab the first on Sunday.

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