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Squad reduction: Round 5 team update

Nathan Brown has cut two players from his extended bench ahead of the nib Newcastle Knights’ Round 5 clash with Manly.

Sione Mata'utia (stinger) and Kurt Mann (sternum) have been ruled out of the game.

Mitch Barnett moves into the starting side and Connor Watson joins the bench.

'I saw what they were doing to Pearcey, and we need to return serve'

The final 17 will be confirmed at 4.30pm on Saturday ahead of the Voice for Mining round clash for the Malcolm Reilly Cup.


1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Hymel Hunt, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Danny Levi, 10. James Gavet, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 17. Mitch Barnett, 13. Tim Glasby. Interchange: 15. Aidan Guerra, 16. Daniel Saifiti, 18. Josh King, 19. Connor Watson, 20. Herman Ese'ese, 21. Tautau Moga. 


Saturday, April 13 at McDonald Jones Stadium

NRL kick-off at 5.30pm