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NRL Ultimate Guide: Titans select team for Sunday

The nib Newcastle Knights will head north to tackle the Gold Coast Titans in our penultimate round of the 2022 Telstra Premiership season.

Newcastle blooded two debutants against the Raiders last start and after a thrilling start to the game, just fell short against a fast finishing Canberra outfit.

The Titans will also be playing for pride sitting in 15th and after their last round defeat to the Dragons.

This is your Ultimate Guide to the Newcastle Knights Round 24 fixture against the Gold Coast Titans.


Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022

Kick-off: 4:05pm

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast


Since: 2007

Played: 26

Titans: 14

Knights: 12


Team Lists


  • Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
  • Winger for Titans is number 5 Greg Marzhew
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
  • Centre for Titans is number 2 Jojo Fifita
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Krystian Mapapalangi
  • Winger for Titans is number 18 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Dominic Young
  • Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 AJ Brimson
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Titans is number 7 Tanah Boyd
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune


  • Prop for Titans is number 8 Jaimin Jolliffe
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Titans is number 9 Sam McIntyre
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Titans is number 10 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
    Prop for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones
  • Lock for Titans is number 13 Isaac Liu
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Sauaso Sue


  • Interchange for Titans is number 14 Paul Turner
    Interchange for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • Interchange for Titans is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
  • Interchange for Titans is number 16 Moeaki Fotuaika
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
  • Interchange for Titans is number 17 Klese Haas
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Mat Croker


  • Replacement for Titans is number 19 Jarrod Wallace
    Replacement for Knights is number 18 Jack Johns

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Nick Morel
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

Last updated:


LATE MAIL: One late change with the Saifiti brothers to swap, with Jacob to start in the run-on side and Daniel to come off the bench.

For the Titans, Corey Thompson comes onto the wing for Phil Sami, who has been ruled out after failing a HIA last week. The change will see a reshuffle in the backline with Jojo Fifita shifting to the centres alongside Brian Kelly, who returns from a knee injury just in time after Patrick Herbert (knee) was ruled out earlier this week.

TUESDAY: Knights NRL Head Coach Adam O'Brien named his 22-man squad for our Round 24 clash with the Gold Coast.

NSW Origin front rower Daniel Saifiti has been named to return from COVID, along with Test international Tyson Frizell, who returns after being ruled out in the warm-up last Sunday.

Veteran forward Sauaso Sue is back in the starting team at lock and young centre Krystian Mapapalangi retains his spot in the centres after an impressive debut against the Canberra Raiders.

The extended bench includes some new faces this week, including Enari Tuala, Jirah Momoisea and Simi Sasagi.

For the Titans, Phil Sami has been named and will go through concussion protocols after he failed his HIA against the Dragons.

Patrick Herbert (knee) is out, replaced in at centre by Brian Kelly who returns from his own knee injury.

Jaimin Jolliffe has been promoted to the starting side at prop, Klese Haas joins the bench for his NRL debut and Jarrod Wallace goes to the reserves. 


After an excellent start against the Raiders, the Knights were agonisingly defeated 28-22 in the dying stages last Sunday.

The side sit in 14th on 14 points with two rounds to play.

The Titans were defeated 46-26 by the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 23.

Gold Coast sit in 15th, while won their last game at home against Manly in Round 22.

Crossland: Reaction to Raiders game and playing for pride


Dane Gagai v Brian Kelly: Two game-breaking centres will do battle on Sunday.

Gagai had a strong game against the Raiders with two try-assists, six tackle breaks and one line-break.

The Queensland Origin rep has 79 tackle breaks for the season from 18 appearances.

Kelly poses a threat having averaged 111 run metres in 2022 and scored seven tries.


Krystian Mapapalangi became Knight #333 last weekend making his debut in the centres and providing one try-assist and five tackle breaks.

Tex Hoy ran for a career-high 197 metres against the Raiders last start.

Hoy: School visit and finishing the year strong

The Knights defeated the Titans 38-12 earlier this year with Edrick Lee scoring a Club record five tries in the game.

The Knights will look to contain Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, who sits seventh in the NRL for post contact metres with 1,314.