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NRL Match Preview: Sharks vs Knights

Date: Sunday 13th July
Venue: Remondis Stadium
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (local)

Sharks:
1 Michael Gordon , 2 Sosaia Feki , 3 Jonathan Wright , 4 Ricky Leutele ,5 Jacob Gagan, 6 Fa’amanu Brown, 7 Jeff Robson, 8 Sam Tagataese, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 Bryce Gibbs, 11 Luke Lewis, 12 Wade Graham , 13 Paul Gallen (c)

Interchange: 14 Pat Politoni, 15 Siosaia Vave, 16 Tinirau Arona , 17 Anthony Tupou, 18 Tim Robinson, 19 Tupou Sopoaga

Knights:

1 Darius Boyd , 2 James McManus, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Joey Leilua, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Jarrod Mullen, 7 Kurt Gidley (c), 8 Kade Snowden, 9 Adam Clydsdale, 10 Willie Mason, 11 Beau Scott, 12 Robbie Rochow , 13 Jeremy Smith

Interchange: 14 Tyrone Roberts, 15 Chris Houston ,17 Adam Cuthbertson, 18 Korbin Sims, 19 David Fa’alogo, 20 Joseph Tapine

A week that featured the sacking of their star five-eighth and the resignation of Coach Peter Sharp, the Sharks produced a remarkable and unexpected comeback win against the Roosters.

The Sharks came from 24-6 down at halftime to beat the Roosters 30-28 , in a game that showcased the true character of the Sharks player’s.

The Sharks head back to Remondis Stadium this Sunday to take on the Newcastle Knights in what is sure to be a close encounter.

Both sides come into this match on a two game winning streak and after a poor start to the season, both clubs will look to give their fans something to cheer about in the back end of the year.

The Sharks may be attracting some unwanted media attention but their performances on the field in the last two weeks are not a reflection of a club is disarray.

With Todd Carney no longer at the Sharks , the spotlight now falls on youngster Fa’amanu Brown who has so far impressed in the number 6 jersey.

Brown was instrumental in Cronulla’s upset win against the Roosters last week , bringing the unpredictably in attack the Sharks has lacked considerably in 2014. Brown has retained his position as five-eighth this week and another impressive display by the 19 year old could see the Sharks continue on their winning way.

The Knights have their own rising star in the number 6 jersey Tyrone Roberts. If the Knights are to be victorious in this clash, Roberts will need to direct Newcastle in both attack and defence.

The ‘nothing to lose’ attitude the Sharks have displayed in the last two weeks should be prominent again in this match. This alone could be enough to see the Sharks claim victory and go three in a row.

Knights by 24 at half time. Sharks by 28-24 at fulltime.

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