It’s a classic rivalry that’s sure to bring out the finest in entertainment!
After a run of heartbreaking close misses, the Newcastle Knights have dialled up the intensity to get another win on the board.
With it brings some impressive match-ups and an action-packed afternoon of footy.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall v Jorge Taufua
The outside men will be looking for any opportunity to find a hole in defence and do what they do best.
With plenty of similarities so far this season, it’s hard to split these agile wingers.
Both have played a little more than 320 minutes on field and clocked up more than 500 all run metres each on the board.
Jorge Taufua has one more in the try department. He’s got two, SKD one.
But the veteran winger can claim an all-important saved try.
Kenny-Dowall also has his Manly opponent beat for tackle breaks. He’s smashed out 19 to Taufua’s seven.
Lachlan Fitzgibbon v Curtis Sironen
Competition in the back row will be fierce between the 25-year-olds.
On the agenda plenty of tackling from these guys.
It’s so far looking pretty similar this season; Curtis Sironen has made 111 tackles, Lachlan Fitzgibbon 109.
35 minutes longer on the field for Fitzy has upped his all runs metre tally at 433, versus Sironen’s 352.
Not much between the two though for tackles breaks, the Manly forward managing one more.
But Sironen can take a bow for his one try save this season.
David Klemmer v Addin Fonau-Blake
The big men with big numbers.
100 more minutes on the field for David Klemmer no doubt has seen him stack the stats.
An impressive 81 ball runs and 769 metres for the Knights enforcer.
Meanwhile his opponent Addin Fonau-Blake has clocked up 47 ball runs and gained 538 metres. Not too bad!
Klem is the clear destroyer in tackles made. 150 at 97% efficiency.
But watch out, Fonau-Blake is catching defenders off guard with a staggering 11 tackle breaks, seven more than Klemmer.