NRL match preview: Round 21
The nib Newcastle Knights host the St George Illawarra Dragons this Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium.
After plenty of positive off-field news in the last few days, the players will be desperate to get back in the winners circle this weekend.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Date: Saturday July 29
Gates open: 10.30am
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
1. Nathan Ross, 2. Ken Sio, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Peter Mata’utia, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Brock Lamb, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Jamie Buhrer, 10. Josh King, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Joe Wardle, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Danny Levi, 15. Luke Yates, 16. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 17. Mickey Paea, 18. Jack Cogger, 19. Sam Stone, 20. Brendan Elliot, 21. Jacob Saifiti.
1. Matt Dufty, 2. Nene MacDonald, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Josh McCrone, 8. Leeson Ah Mau, 9. Cameron McInnes, 10. Paul Vaughan, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Joel Thompson, 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Tariq Sims, 15. Jacob Host, 16. Russell Packer, 17. Kurt Mann, 18. Brake Lawrie, 19. Taane Milne, 20. Jake Marketo, 21. Luciano Leilua.
Back in Round 16 the Red V hosted the Knights at Kogarah and it was a tough result for the Novocastrians.
While the Knights only lost by four points, it was a game they definitely should have won as they led by 18 at half time.
While coach Nathan Brown said his side won’t be looking for revenge after such a heartbreaking loss, the player will be definitely aiming to make amends.
“We were in a really good position and unfortunately we didn’t come up with the points,” Brown said.
“But we look forward to the contest again after they had a good win on the weekend.”