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Head to head: No.7's battle and edge dominance

A string of home games is just what the doctor ordered!

Having already knocked off the Warriors in devastating fashion in Round 8, the Knights will be hoping to replicate the 36-18 win on home turf.

Starting the year with some tough losses at home, the Knights have surged into form, turning McDonald Jones Stadium into a fortress.

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Grinding out a win over the Eels put the Knights on a roll, going on to defeat the Roosters and Broncos at home, with the aim of hitting four-straight home wins.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have struggled on the road in 2019, winning just two of their five away from Mt. Smart Stadium thus far.

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Pearce v Green

Mitchell Pearce has been a stalwart for the Knights in 2019, and was considered for a State of Origin return in both game I and II.

His numbers suggest he is the in-form halfback of the competition, crossing the line five times this season and sending a teammate across a further eight times.

His counterpart Blake Green is yet to score this season, and has recorded four try assists.

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The same can be said for run and kick metres. Pearce has recorded 1071 run metres and a monstrous 4953 kick metres, whilst Green has recorded 509 run metres and 3598 kick metres.

Ball in hand, you can guarantee Pearce will electrify a crowd, and his 25 tackle breaks and three line breaks are testament to this, while Green has recorded seven and one, respectively.

Hunt v Herbert

Hymel Hunt’s bang-for-buck value is unrivalled in 2019.

The versatile centre is currently tied with Kalyn Ponga as the Club’s leading try scorer, tallying at seven tries in 14 games.

Combine his ability to seal the deal on the edge with his evasiveness in the line, and you have yourself a potent mix. His six line breaks and 28 tackle-breaks are truly a nightmare for those lined up opposite.

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Patrick Herbert has appeared in seven matches for the Warriors this season.

Although the stats weight in Hunt’s favour, Herbert shouldn’t be taken lightly, and poses a real threat on the edge if given space.

The young centre, a rugby union convert, has scored twice this season, as well as racking up 14 tackle breaks and two line breaks.

Fitzgibbon v Papali’i

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2018 was a highlight reel season for Lachlan Fitzgibbon, who was edged out of leading try-scorer Ken Sio in the final rounds. This year, Fitzy has rolled up the sleeves, and turned into a workhorse of the Knights' forward pack.

A tireless runner of the ball, Fitzgibbon has clocked up 1325 run metres and 427 post contact metres to date.

His opposite, Isaiah Papali’i is renowned for his explosive runs into the line, however his overall distance is less than that of Fitzgibbon, 952 and 330 respectively.

Although Fitzgibbon has seen less of the line this season,  he showed the Broncos last week how dangerous he can be close to the line, adding to his try tally of three for the season.

Papali’i crossed for a try in the Warriors' loss to the Sea Eagles in Round 3.