NRL match preview: Round 18
It’s back on the road in Round 18 for the nib Newcastle Knights, as they travel to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs’ spiritual home at Belmore.
While the Bulldogs are missing some key personnel, the red and blues will aiming to make up for last weekend’s disappointing loss at home.
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Date: Sunday July 9
Gates open: 11.40am
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
1. Nathan Ross, 2. Chanel Mata’utia, 3. Joe Wardle, 4. Peter Mata’utia, 5. Brendan Elliot, 6. Trent Hodkinson, 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. Luke Yates, 16. Sam Stone, 17. Jacob Saifiti, 18. Brock Lamb, 19. Jacob Gagan, 20. Tyler Randell, 21. Mickey Paea.
1. Will Hopoate, 2. Kerrod Holland, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Chase Stanley, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Moses Mbye, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Michael Lichaa, 10. Danny Fualalo, 11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 12. Adam Elliot, 13. Sam Kasiano. Interchange: 14. Francis Tualau, 15. Asipeli Fine, 16. Andy Saunders, 17. Matt Frawley, 19. Renouf To’omaga, 20. Brad Abbey, 21. Rod Griffin, 23. Brenko Lee.
The Bulldogs are hit harder than most during Origin, and this weekend they will be without players Josh Jackson, David Klemmer and Brett Morris.
On top of that, intimidating forwards James Graham and Greg Eastwood are out through injury.
The Knights will lose Dane Gagai to Origin, as well as Ken Sio and Josh Starling to injury.