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Head to Head: The generals and the big men

While neither side will feature next week, the nib Newcastle Knights and Penrith will still have plenty to play for when they come together this weekend.

A flick pass try assist in last Knights game

Historically, the Knights have the wood over the Panthers, winning 19 of their 34 encounters. While the Knights will be riding high following their big win over the Gold Coast, the Panthers will be looking to atone for last week’s loss to the Sydney Roosters.

With both sides looking to go out with a bang, this Sunday’s clash shapes as an absolute cracker.

The battle of the enforcers up front.

Saifiti has been impressive all year, with a State of Origin jersey in his closet to show for it.

His massive run metres and tireless work in defence has been a consistent highlight for the Knights this season.

The clash of the NSW halfbacks.

Both men pulled on the coveted No.7 jersey for the Blues this year, with Pearce finishing off what Cleary started by claiming the shield in game three.

Pearce has been a crucial link in the Knights attack this season, and has consistently both found the line himself or helped his team mates cross.

The flyers out wide will both be looking to finish the year on a high.

Hunt has been one of the Knights most consistent players since joining the club from South Sydney, finding the line nine times and crossing the 2500 mark when it comes to run metres.

He has also consistently broken opposition lines, notching seven line breaks this season.

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