Previews by Simon Masterton

Wyong Roos v Newcastle Knights
Hunter Stadium, Saturday 20 Aug, 12.40pm
Broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 501

The Roos and Knights do battle in this week’s Fox Sports Match of the Round, with Wyong yet to confirm a finals place and Newcastle out to prove that their drought-breaking Round 23 win was no fluke.

While Rip Taylor’s Roos sit ahead of a number of challengers with 26 points, a loss here could easily bring them back to the field and put serious doubts on their finals hopes.

Unfortunately for 2015 premiers Newcastle, they are destined for the wooden spoon – but they certainly didn’t look like it with a 62-26 annihilation of the Sea Eagles last week. Having led the Jets in the dying stages the week before, Newcastle are in some patch of form and will be no pushovers this weekend.

The Roos got the chocolates in the last installment of the F3 derby – a 28-6 victory at Woy Woy Oval in Round 9. This time, the Knights’ ultimate fate is sealed – but they will be desperate to cause nuisance value in their home town.

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Round 24:  20-21 August Venue Date Time
Wyong v Newcastle Knights Hunter Stadium Saturday 20 August 2016 12.40pm
NZ Warriors v Mounties Mt Smart Stadium 2 Saturday 20 August 2016 1.00pm  NZ
Newtown Jets v North Sydney Henson Park Saturday 20 August 2016 3.00 pm
Penrith Panthers v Canterbury Pepper Stadium Saturday 20 August 2016 3.00pm
Manly v Wests Tigers Brookvale Oval Saturday 21 August 2016 1.00 pm
Wentworthville v Illawarra Cutters Ringrose Park Sunday 21 August 2016 3.00 pm