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Ultimate Guide: Manu withdrawn for Roosters

The nib Newcastle Knights return home to their faithful at McDonald Jones Stadium for a big clash against rivals, the Sydney Roosters this Friday night.

The Knights went down to Manly last start, but will eye off a valuable two points against the Roosters to push higher up the ladder having beaten the Tricolours earlier in the season.

The Roosters have won one of their last five, although ran in 50 points against the Dragons last start.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 19 fixture against the Sydney Roosters, brought to you by Hunter City Motor Group.

nib NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Date: Friday, July 22, 2022

Kick-off: 7:55pm

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium

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GAME DAY INFORMATION

Gates/ Fan Zone: 5:15pm

Jersey Flegg Cup kick-off: 5:30pm

Game Day Itinerary: See here

Theme: Light it up!

Tickets: Purchase here

Membership: 3 Game Membership

Merchandise: Show your colours

50/50 Charity Raffle: Nova for Women and Children

Match Day Sponsor: Red Energy

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Since: 1988

Played: 58

Knights: 21

Roosters: 35

Draws: 2

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TEAMS

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Enari Tuala
    Centre for Roosters is number 16 Drew Hutchison
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony Milford
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam Walker

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Matthew Lodge
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Nat Butcher
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Egan Butcher
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Terrell May
  • Interchange for Knights is number 19 Phoenix Crossland
    Interchange for Roosters is number 20 Adam Keighran

Reserves

  • Replacement for Knights is number 18 Leo Thompson
    Replacement for Roosters is number 19 Naufahu Whyte

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

Last updated:

TEAM NEWS

UPDATE: In one change on the bench, Kurt Mann comes out of the team with Phoenix Crossland included on the interchange.

For the Roosters, Joey Manu has withdrawn from the side, replaced by Adam Keighran in the centres.

EARLIER: Knights Head Coach, Adam O’Brien, named his 22-man squad for the clash with the Sydney Roosters.

Winger Hymel Hunt will make his first NRL appearance this season and Pasami Saulo is back on the bench after passing the required HIA protocols. 

For the Roosters, Luke Keary (concussion symptoms) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring) are back on deck for the Roosters.

Joey Manu goes back to the centres.

Mid-season recruit Matt Lodge comes into the starting side to fill the void left by Siosiua Taukeiaho (cheekbone).

Nat Butcher moves to the second row to cover for Sitili Tupouniua (knee).

FORM GUIDE

Last round, the Newcastle Knights were defeated 42-12 by Manly.

The side currently sits in 13th and will aim to keep their season on track with a result against the Roosters.

Earlier in the season, the Knights took down the Roosters 20-6 away from home back in Round 1.

The Tricolours come into the game off the back of a 54-26 against the St George Illawarra Dragons.

STAT ATTACK

For average set completion, the Knights have averaged 76 percent while the Roosters have averaged 75 percent in 2022.

In the recent clashes between the two sides in Newcastle, the two teams have split the results each way (Roosters 2021, Knights 2019).

Knights forward David Klemmer leads the Club stats in metres run with 1,971 from 13 games.

For the Roosters, James Tedesco (110) and Joseph Manu (100) lead the NRL for tackle breaks.