NRL match preview: Round 17

After six long weeks the nib Newcastle Knights are back at home for Sunday’s Voice for Mining Family Day.

It marks passing the halfway point of the Club’s home fixtures, with only six games played at McDonald Jones Stadium in 2017 to date.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v WESTS TIGERS

Date: Sunday July 2
Gates open: 11.30am
Kick-off: 2pm
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played: 23
Knights: 12
Tigers: 11

SQUADS

Newcastle

1. Nathan Ross, 2. Ken Sio, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Peter Mata’utia, 5. Brendan Elliot, 6. Brock Lamb, 7. Jaelen Feeney, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Josh King, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Jamie Buhrer, 15. Joe Wardle, 16. Tyler Randell, 17. Jacob Saifiti, 18. Sam Mataora, 19. Sam Stone, 20. Trent Hodkinson, 21. Josh Starling.

Wests Tigers

1. James Tedesco, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Esan Marsters, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Kevin Naiqama, 6. Tuimoala Lolohea, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Ava Seumanufagai, 11. Sauaso Sue, 12. Kyle Lovett, 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Matt Eisenhuth, 15. JJ Felise, 16. Michael Chee-Kam, 17. Matt McIlwrick, 18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 19. Jack Littlejohn, 20. Joel Edwards, 21. Alex Twal.

TALKING POINTS

Ross ticks another goal off the list

This week marks the first time that Nathan Ross has been named to play at fullback at NRL level, and it’s no surprise after his three-try performance last Sunday.

He was a late swap to the custodian role against the Dragons, with Dane Gagai returning to the side after Wednesday’s State of Origin.

“I’ve played fullback for years now (in the lower grades), and to get my chance at the position in NRL is something I’ve eagerly been waiting for,” Ross said on Wednesday.