Ultimate Guide: Knights host Titans on Old Boys Day

The nib Newcastle Knights host the Gold Coast Titans this Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium in the annual Old Boys Day fixture.

Looking to restore pride after being humbled 46-4 by the Wests Tigers last Saturday, interim coach Kristian Woolf has named Connor Watson in the No.9 in place of Danny Levi, and Bradman Best retains his position after a strong debut.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v GOLD COAST TITANS

Date: Saturday, August 31

Kick-off: 3.00pm

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Played: 21

Knights: 11

Titans: 10

TEAMS

Newcastle

1. Kalyn Ponga - Redicrete

2. Bradman Best - Triple M 

3. Sione Mata'utia - BSC

4. Hymel Hunt - Newcastle Financial Planning Group

5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall - Wellman Strata

6. Mason Lino - M&J Chickens

7. Mitchell Pearce - Brydens Lawyers

8. David Klemmer - Jennings Print

9. Connor Watson - O'Bryan Electrical & Solar 

10. Daniel Saifiti - Kelly Trotter Motor Group

11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon - Port Hunter Conveyors

12. Mitch Barnett - NBN

13. Tim Glasby - Mine Super  

Interchange:

14. Jacob Saifiti - Triple M

15. Herman Ese'ese - Kelly Trotter Motor Group

16. Josh King - O'Bryan Electrical & Solar

17. Aidan Guerra - Port Hunter Conveyors

18. Kurt Mann

19. James Gavet

20. Tautau Moga

21. Chris Randall

Gold Coast

1. Michael Gordon

2. Jesse Arthars

3. Kallum Watkins

4. Brian Kelly

5. Phillip Sami

6. Tyrone Peachey

7. Ryley Jacks

8. Jarrod Wallace

9. Nathan Peats

10. Moeaki Fotuaika

11. Kevin Proctor

12. Sam Stone

13. Jai Arrow

Interchange:

14. Alexander Brimson

15. Jai Whitbread

16. Bryce Cartwright

17. Will Matthews

18. Anthony Don

19. Jack Stockwell

20. Ashley Taylor

21. Tanah Boyd

 

OLD BOYS DAY

In a long-standing Newcastle tradition, the final home game of the season sees the Knights pay tribute to those who came before on Old Boys Day.

Honouring the 311 past and present players who have represented the Knights in first grade, Old Boys Day holds additional importance in acknowledging the behind the scenes figures who have contributed to the Club over the past three decades.

Holding a strong overall record with 20 wins from 31 matches, the Knights will be looking to claim their first Old Boys Day win since 2014.

TITANIC BATTLE

Widely expected to come away with a win on Saturday afternoon, the Knights will be wary of the threat posed by the Titans having suffered a shock loss when the two sides last clashed on Easter Sunday.

Outclassed 38-14 on the Gold Coast back in Round 6, the Knights will need to treat their lowly opponents with respect or run the risk of coming up short in a big match once again - as was the case when the Titans produced a 22-8 upset in Newcastle during Rise for Alex round five years ago.

KNIGHTS STAT ATTACK

The Knights have won seven of 11 matches against the Titans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

TITANS STAT ATTACK

A loss on Saturday afternoon would see the Titans become the 10th team in the NRL era to record 10 consecutive losses in a season.

CANTERBURY CUP

Knights v Jets at Henson Park, 3.00pm Saturday.

JERSEY FLEGG

Knights v Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium, 12.45pm Saturday.