Date: Sunday May 11
Venue: Hunter Stadium
1 Darius Boyd 2 James McManus 3 Dane Gagai 4 Joey Leilua 5 Akuila Uate 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Tyrone Roberts 8 David Fa’alogo 9 Kurt Gidley (c) 10 Kade Snowden 11 Beau Scott 12 Robbie Rochow 13 Adam Cuthbertson Interchange 14 Adam Clydsdale 15 Korbin Sims 17 Chris Houston 18 Matt Hilder
1 Matt Moylan 2 David Simmons 3 Dean Whare 4 Jamal Idris 5 Josh Mansour 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace (c) 8 Nigel Plum 9 Kevin Kingston (c) 10 Brent Kite 11 Tyrone Peachey 12 Sika Manu 13 Adam Docker Interchange 14 James Segeyaro 15 Sam Mckendry 16 Matt Robinson 17 Jeremy Latimore
It might be fifteenth place versus eighth on the table coming into the ninth week of the National Rugby League, but Newcastle will be looking to build on their last up effort over Canterbury where they went down by four. The Alex McKinnon factor will lift this club on their home turf. Newcastle will like their chances with Jarrod Mullen and Tyrone Roberts to dictate terms in the halves and feed the ball out to Boyd, McManus and Uate to create opportunities. There’s some talent in the forward pack with Snowden, Scott and Rochow. Whilst they may have attempted to play through the forwards in the last game between these two sides, I expect the Knights will revert to an attacking style game. However, their defense may suffer.
For Penrith they too suffered a narrow loss at Cronulla last time out. The forward pack looks stronger than the Knights with hard hitters in Nigel Plum and Origin hopeful Adam Docker in the starting line-up. Sika Manu and Brent Kite have International experience. And the interchange of McKendry, Segeyaro, Robinson and Latimore is more potent than the Knights lineup. For Penrith to match Newcastle’s attacking game, they must be clever with the ball in attack and not let opportunities go wasted. Jamie Soward has the kicking game and Peter Wallace has the playmaking skills. Simmons, Moylan, Whare, Idris and Mansour need to be ready to convert any chances they get.
There will be plenty of points in this game but Penrith can’t let Newcastle get too far in front. I watched the Knights effort against Brisbane a few weeks back. They were spirited for the first half, then Brisbane proved too strong. If Penrith can get their noses ahead at the break, they might just come away with their first win in Newcastle since 2010.
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