Brisbane Broncos v Newcastle Knights
Date: Saturday April 16
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
NYC: 5.15pm

Teams:

BRISBANE BRONCOS

1. Corey Allan, 2. David Fauid, 3. Sam Leach, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Elijah Alick, 6. Haydyn O’Hara, 7. Will Brimson, 8. Tevita Pangai, 9. Kalolo Saitaua, 10. Max Elliott, 11. Jaydn Su’A, 12. Keegan Hipgrave, 13. Michael Molo. Interchange: 14. Tristan Hope, 15. Jai Whitbread, 16. Sam Elliott, 17. Lachlan Lanskey

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

1. Nick Meaney 2. Kainoa Gudgeon, 3. Cory Denniss, 4. Ken Tofilau, 5. Matt Soper-Lawler, 6. Brock Lamb, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Tyrone Amey, 9. Joe Morris, 10. Eddy Tuilotolava, 11. Sam Stone, 12. Braden Robson, 13. Ryan Glanville. Interchange: 14.Zac Hosking, 16. Viko Puliuvea, 17. Jordon Pinnock, 20. Jayden Butterfield, 21. Mitchel Casson

Match analysis:

When the NYC Newcastle Knights meet the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday, maintaining intensity will be focus after last week’s draw at Hunter Stadium.

The Knights built a solid lead but were overtaken by the Tigers after a lapse in concentration after the break.

“We switched off,” coach Todd Lowrie said.

“We played really well in the first half and started the second half quite strongly. We were in front then the boys went away from doing what we know works for us.

“We had a period of about 15 or 20 minutes where we went away from what got them in the position."

A quality week of preparation and thorough review of their failings puts the young Knights in a strong position to take on the NYC Broncos in Round 8.

“There were some things that have needed to be addressed with our performance and we have done that,” he said.

“We are looking towards the Broncos this week and making sure we stick to doing what we know works.

“We do what we do well and when we go away from that, we find ourselves in trouble.

“They will be tough and have a lot of really strong ball carriers.

"A lot of blokes carry the ball well and there are a couple of really good individual players, especially playing up there.”

Lowrie praised his personnel for managing an abundance of movement within the side.

“We have had quite a bit of up and down over the last two weeks,” he said.

“That’s the nature of the beast in the 20s, and to the guys credit, they handled it really well last week apart from that 15 minute period.”

Where it will be won:

Possession.

“It will be about who can hold on to the footy and build the most pressure.

“From watching them and watching us, if you can get through your sets and complete and finish well you can generally score points.”