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Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone has been forced to make one change prior to kick off at Hunter Stadium today.

Sione Mata’utia replaces Kurt Gidley at fullback, who misses the match as a precaution after suffering hamstring tightness following Friday’s training session.

Beau Scott has been named captain, James McManus will play his 150th NRL match and Jack Stockwell will make his debut for the Club (player #255).


18. Sione Mata’utia, 2. James McManus, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Adam Clydsdale, 10. Korbin Sims, 11. Beau Scott (c), 12. Robbie Rochow, 13. Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14. Tyler Randell, 15. Chris Houston, 16. David Fa’alogo, 17. Jack Stockwell.


2. Tuimoala Lolohea, 4. Solomone Kata, 3. Konrad Hurrell, 15. Ben Henry, 5. Manu Vatuvei, 6. Chad Townsend, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Jacob Lillyman, 9. Thomas Leulua, 10. Ben Matulino, 11. Bodene Thompson, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Simon Mannering (c). Interchange: 14 Nathan Friend, 16, Sam Lisone, 17. Albert Vete, 18 Suaia Matagi.

The match kicks off at 4.30pm. Follow @NRLKnights on Twitter and check back after full time for match report and highlights.