Knights ready for Panthers
The nib Newcastle Knights finalised preparations for Sunday’s match against the Penrith Panthers with a captain’s run at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
“That final session went really well,” captain Sione Mata’utia said.
“Everyone trained well... we want to build on the back of last week and get another win for ourselves and our town.”
The 21-man squad was reduced to 19 on Saturday, with Anthony Tupou (hip) and Nathan Ross dropping off the extended bench.
“Everyone in the team knows their role and they are clear on the job they have to do tomorrow,” Mata’utia added.
Round 11 is the NRL’s Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, with funds raised over the round for the Mark Hughes Foundation.
“It is going to be a special day for the Mark Hughes Foundation; Mark is a legend of our Club and a very important person of this town,” Mata’utia said.
“I dare say a heap of people will be out here supporting the round and we will be doing our best to come home with the win.”
Mata’utia and his teammates will proudly enter the field on Sunday wearing a beanie, as the NRL unites to tackle brain cancer.
“It is a great initiative and it is awesome to see the support around the NRL for the Mark Hughes Foundation,” Mata’utia explained.
“It is a special connection for our Club with Mark and I can’t wait to represent his Foundation.”
Gates open at 9.30am, with all three grades in action at McDonald Jones Stadium.