NRL Round 6 tips: Brad Fittler has put the heat on the Knights to get back to winning ways with a tough road ahead.

Brad Fittler sees Newcastle’s clash with the Sharks tomorrow night as a ‘must win’ if they’re to get back in the mix for the finals after three losses on the trot have dumped them to 11th with a 2-3 record.

The Knights have had a horror run with injuries but are starting to get back some key artillery, with Bradman Best and Jacob Saifiti among the players named to return.

As he read through Newcastle’s draw, with the Panthers, Roosters and Raiders their next three opponents, Fittler put the heat on Adam O’Brien’s side to put an undermanned Sharks side – still reeling from John Morris’ sacking – to the sword in front of their home fans.

“They’ve got a big month coming up, they need to win,” Fittler told Andrew Johns on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & Joey’s Tips.

“The Knights need to win this week to give themselves some confidence.”

Johns, meanwhile, expressed surprise that the Sharks were the bookmakers’ favourites despite a tough week in the headlines and the absence of senior stars Wade Graham and Josh Dugan.

“Bradman Best back, Jacobn Saifiti back, Kurt Mann to five-eighth,” Johns said.

“They look a stronger team, stronger bench, Sharks no Wade Graham, no Dugan, so I think the Knights (will win) at home.”

Scroll below for the current leaderboard and Round 6 tips by Johns, Fittler and all Nine’s expert tipsters!

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Andrew Johns: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Eels, Dragons, Cowboys

Brad Fittler: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Peter Sterling: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Ruan Sims: Panthers, Sharks, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Eels, Dragons, Cowboys

Billy Slater: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Eels, Dragons, Cowboys

Paul Gallen: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Wally Lewis: Panthers, Sharks, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Eels, Dragons, Cowboys

Darren Lockyer: Broncos, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Peter Psaltis: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

James Bracey: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Mat Thompson: Panthers, Sharks, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

The Mole: Panthers, Sharks, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Tim Elbra: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Titans, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

Ben Glover: Panthers, Knights, Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Raiders, Dragons, Cowboys

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