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It's game day! Everything you need to know

There's no better day than game day and the fact it's Friday makes it even better.

This week the boys are back at home as we host the Wests Tigers from 6pm.

Here's everything you need to know:

Game day info

Date: Friday, August 3
Gates Open: 3:30pm
ISP: 3:45pm
NRL kick-off: 6:00pm


McDonald Jones Stadium
294 Turton Road, Broadmeadow


Available online from Ticketmaster, or call 136 100.

Classic Clashes: Knights overpower Tigers in Tamworth

The Teams


1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Cory Denniss
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
20. Jack Cogger
7. Mitchell Pearce ©
8. Herman Ese'ese
9. Danny Levi
10. Daniel Saifiti
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Mitch Barnett
13. Aidan Guerra

14. Jamie Buhrer ©
15. Chris Heighington
16. Josh King
17. JJ Felise

18. Nick Meaney
19. Sam Stone

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1 Moses Mbye
2 David Nofoaluma
3 Esan Marsters
4 Kevin Naiqama
5 Corey Thompson
6 Benji Marshall
7 Luke Brooks
8 Russell Packer
9 Robbie Farah
10 Ben Matulino
11 Michael Chee-Kam
12 Luke Garner
13 Elijah Taylor

14 Alex Twal
15 Sauaso sue
17 Matt Eisenhuth
18 Jacob Liddle

19 Chris McQueen
21 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak

The preview show

Our game day show, The Round Table, has everything you need to get fired up before the game.
Featuring Mitch Barnett, Luke Yates and Nick Meaney, the gang preview the game and provided the latest news and insights from inside Club land.

The show can be found on our Facebook page!

Injury update

Casualty ward: Ponga injury, Watson return and Pearce update

Injured players and expected return dates:

Tautau Moga (ACL, Season)
Slade Griffin (Knee, Season)
Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder, Indefinite)
Nathan Ross (Groin, Indefinite)
Connor Watson (Groin, Round 22)
Jacob Lillyman (Abdominal, Round 22)

The milestone

Shaun Kenny-Dowall: 250 NRL games

Shaun Kenny-Dowall will chalk up his 250th NRL game on Friday.

The 30-year-old played 224 games in almost 11 seasons for the Roosters before joining the Knights midway through last season.

His former Roosters comrade and current Newcastle teammate Pearce notches his 250th in round 22 against the Warriors.

Herman Ese'ese plays his 50th NRL game and Mitchell Barnett plays his 50th Club game.

The stats

Head-to-head: Played 25; Knights 13 wins, Wests Tigers 12 wins

Previous result: Knights won 22-20 at Scully Park, Tamworth in round 7

Points per game: Knights 18.3; Wests Tigers 15.2

Points conceded per game: Knights 25.7; Wests Tigers 17.5

Paying tribute to a workhorse

For the Tigers to win: After beating the Dragons and Souths, Wests failed to show up last week against a team they were expected to dispose of comfortably. They won't be as complacent on Friday night. The Tigers have to stay in Pearce's face defensively to keep him from settling into a groove and and keep close tabs on the mercurial Ponga.

Knights Stat Attack: Newcastle came out on top of virtually every key statistical battle with the Cowboys last week. They finished with a superior completion rate, missed fewer tackles, made fewer errors and conceded fewer penalties, but it still didn't add up to a win.

Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League

The lower grades

The @NRLKnights Twitter account will be commentating both grades live.

ISP - Round 21 - Friday, August 3
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Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 3.45pm

Jersey Flegg - Round 21 - Saturday, August 4
Newcastle Knights v Mounties
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Kick-off: 3pm

Chris Heighington; Career highlights

Getting to the game

Public transport - buses

The nearest bus stop is at Young and Turton Road, New Lambton. Bus 27 travels this route.
Down Turton road: 27
Down Lambton road: 13, 23, 25, 26
For more information on bus travel and routes, please visit NSW Transport.


The nearest train station to McDonald Jones Stadium is Broadmeadow Station, approximately 1.5km away.
Regular trains are available from Sydney and stop at stations including Central, Strathfield, Hornsby, Gosford, Wyong, Morisset and Cardiff en- route to Broadmeadow. For a full list of stations and timetables visit NSW Transport


Parking on game days is available only for vehicles with a pre-paid parking ticket. Pre-paid parking tickets cost $10 plus transaction fee from Ticketmaster on 136 100, online or by visiting Ticketmaster box office at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Disabled parking areas have been designated in close proximity to each of the McDonald Jones Stadium accessible entries. To purchase mobility parking please phone Ticketmaster on 136 100 or visit the Ticketmaster box office at McDonald Jones Stadium.