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Head to head: Kiwi battle, heavy hitters

The Newcastle Knights cross the Tasman this weekend for an encounter in Kiwi territory.

This season has been a similar affair for both sides with five games lost and two wins.

In the last couple of years, it’s been the Warriors come up trumps. They have won four out of the last five encounters.

And as always there’s some juicy match-ups on the agenda. Let’s take a look.

Levi v Luke

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Both Kiwis. Both have been hookers for New Zealand.

These two, who have previously battled it out for an international spot, have plenty to prove when they get the chance to challenge each other.

While Danny Levi admits to Issac Luke being his hero, the young gun is looking the goods in the matchup stakes.

The Knights no. 9 has laid down 427 minutes so far this season, 200 more than Luke.

Levi has seven tackle breaks to his name, 271 tackles at 90 per cent efficiency and a note-worthy two try assists.

Luke on the other hand is killing it off the boot with 12 kicks and 471 metres and beats Levi with one try already in the bag.

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It’s a Kiwi battle not to take your eyes off!

Fitzgibbon v Blair

It’s fair to say 33-year-old Adam Blair has the experience on his younger opponent Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

The Warriors no. 11 is nearing 300 NRL games to Fitzy’s 48 game career.

Both have found the line on one occasion, but the Knights forward takes the cake for run metres. He’s smashed out 648 to Blair’s 380.

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The veteran though has claimed a try assist and been in his fair share of tackles with 226 made, that's almost 50 more than his red and blue opponent.

Similar on paper, these two should be interesting to watch who comes out on top.

Klemmer v Ah Mau

Watching the big men battle it out in the middle is always an engaging affair.

These two are no exception and will bring some heavy hitting entertainment on Sunday.

David Klemmer is an absolute gladiator in the middle pulling some of the biggest numbers in the league.

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The 25-year-old has killed it with 131 runs and a whopping 1223 run metres so far this season.

The two are pretty similar when it comes to their tackle work rate. Ah Mau at 211 tackles made at 96%, while Klemmer 258 at 97 per cent. They also have nine tackle breaks a piece.