Date: Friday 18th April 2014
Venue: Hunter Stadium
Kick-off: 7:40pm (Sydney)
1 Darius Boyd 2 James McManus 3 Dane Gagai 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Josh Mantellato 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Tyrone Roberts 8 Kade Snowden 9 Kurt Gidley (c) 10 Willie Mason 11 Beau Scott 12 Chris Houston 13 Jeremy Smith Interchange 14 Adam Clydsdale 15 Korbin Sims 17 Robbie Rochow 18 Zane Tetevano
1 Ben Barba 2 Daniel Vidot 3 Jack Reed 4 Justin Hodges (c) 5 Dale Copley 6 Josh Hoffman 7 Ben Hunt 8 Josh McGuire 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Corey Parker (c) 11 Alex Glenn 12 Sam Thaiday 13 Matt Gillett Interchange 14 Martin Kennedy 15 Todd Lowrie 16 Ben Hannant 17 Corey Oates 18 Jarrod Wallace
Newcastle will be looking for back to back wins as they host Brisbane on Good Friday at Hunter Stadium.
They are boosted by the news of Jarrod Mullen extending his contract at the Knights until the end of 2018. Mullen returned from injury last week as Newcastle showed plenty of courage in downing Canberra 26-12. Wayne Bennett has promoted Josh Mantellato following an ankle injury to Akuila Uate. Willie Mason will start, which will see Zane Tetevano move to the bench.
Brisbane on the other hand are looking to avoid their third straight loss after narrow losses to surprise competition leaders Gold Coast and defending premiers Sydney Roosters. Anthony Griffin has put faith by naming the same seventeen as last weekend. Broncos fans will be hoping Ben Barba can finally find the try line. Barba’s last National Rugby League try came back in Round 20 against Parramatta on July 26 2013. Eight games without scoring is unprecedented in Barba’s 103 career where he’s crossed 72 times.
Brisbane have a good record at Hunter Stadium having won 13 out of 24, and I expect the Broncos to be too good for the home side.