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Ultimate Guide: Broncos confirm team

The nib Newcastle Knights will head north to tackle the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

The side returned to the winning circle with a last start win over the Tigers in Round 21.

Brisbane have gone down in their last two, but will prove tough opponents sitting in the top eight and playing on their home turf.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 22 clash with the Brisbane Broncos.


Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Kick-off: 7:35pm

Venue: Suncorp Stadium


Since: 1988

Broncos: 35

Knights: 17

Draws: 1


Team Lists


  • Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Te Maire Martin
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
  • Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Broncos is number 21 Delouise Hoeter
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Dominic Young
  • Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra Mam
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune


  • Prop for Broncos is number 8 Thomas Flegler
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy Walters
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
    Prop for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones
  • Lock for Broncos is number 19 Ryan James
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Mat Croker


  • Interchange for Broncos is number 13 Kobe Hetherington
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Jake Turpin
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Rhys Kennedy
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Simi Sasagi
  • Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Corey Jensen
    Interchange for Knights is number 19 Sauaso Sue


  • Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Cory Paix
    Replacement for Knights is number 18 Jack Johns

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Nick Morel
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

Last updated:


UPDATE: David Klemmer comes out of the team after flaring up an old knee injury.

MRI scans have cleared the forward of anything major, but will miss the Broncos clash.

His replacement Sauaso Sue moves into the side while Jacob Saifiti lines-up alongside twin brother, Daniel, in the front-row to start the game.

The rest of the team is unchanged with Jack Johns and Edrick Lee remaining on the extended bench.

For the Broncos, centre Brenko Lee is out after he experienced hamstring tightness at training on Wednesday and was unable to take his place in Friday's captain's run.

He is replaced by Delouise Hoeter. A change on the bench 24 hours before kick-off with Ryan James added to the 17 and Keenan Palasia going out.

TUESDAY: Knights NRL Head Coach Adam O'Brien named his 22-man squad for our clash with the Brisbane Broncos.

Adam Clune will replace Jake Clifford at halfback. Clifford played several minutes with a fractured arm in last Sunday’s victory over the Wests Tigers and underwent corrective surgery today to repair the fracture.

David Klemmer will return to start in the front row with Daniel Saifiti. The pair will combine with NSW Blues front-rower Jacob Saifiti for a three-way rotation and impact off the bench, along with injection from interchange prop Pasami Saulo.

Mat Croker will replace Mitch Barnett in the starting team. Barnett will also undergo surgery on an injured thumb and will hopefully return before the end of the season. 

Recovery Report: Clifford and Barnett updates

The extended bench includes Jack Johns, Sauaso Sue, Chris Randall, Edrick Lee and Hymel Hunt.

For the Broncos, Te Maire Martin is back in the No.1 jersey. Brenko Lee has been recalled in the centres at the expense of Deine Mariner. In the pack, Billy Walters has been named to start at hooker with Jake Turpin on the bench.


Knights Club Captain Jayden Brailey will notch a significant milestone on Saturday night.

The hooker will notch 100 games in the NRL against the Broncos.

Brailey made his debut and played 69 NRL games at the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks before joining Newcastle in 2020.

Brailey: Reaction to Tigers win and game 100

After suffering two long-term injury setbacks, the 26-year-old has made a triumphant return to the side this season.


The Knights snapped a four-game losing streak to defeat the Wests Tigers 14-10 last start.

The result moved the red and blue up to 13th on the ladder with four games remaining in the season.

Brisbane went down to the Sydney Roosters last round 34-16.

The Broncos sit in seventh with 12 wins and eight losses.

Saifiti: Coming together and Broncos test


Newcastle have won four of the last six against the Broncos, although Brisbane took the two points in the most recent fixture with a 36-12 result back in Round 11.

Dane Gagai ran for a game-high 203 run metres against the Wests Tigers last round.

Enari Tuala has three tries in his last two games.

Broncos forward Payne Haas sits third in the NRL for post contact metres with 1,255 metres.