Can Akuila Uate ignite the Knights on Monday night? Image courtesy of www.dailytelegraph.com.au, Picture: Mark Evans.
Tagged as preseason title contenders, Newcastle’s season is all but over heading into their round sixteen NRL clash against the Tigers . The Knights have lost five straight games to sit third last on the premiership ladder and have the worst attack in the competition. The Wayne Bennett coach outfit opened the season as $9 chances, yet after recent performances have blown out to . The Tigers have been ultra-impressive winning seven of their past eight to sit well entrenched in the top eight of the ladder.
History – All signs point to a Tiger victory here. The Leichardt boys have recorded four straight wins against the Knights and haven’t been beaten at Hunter Stadium since 2004. The last time they met was in round thirteen of last year’s competition when a Robbie Farah golden point field goal sealed a 17-16 win for the Tigers.
Dangermen – Knights flyer Akuila Uate will be out to make amends for a disappointing Origin 2. The Newcastle winger is the team’s leading try scorer along with the ever consistent James McManus . Tigers funnyman Beau Ryan has let his football do the talking of late. Ryan has been the Tigers most potent attacking weapon all season and has scored eight tries from a variety of positions on the field.
Prediction - When will the suffering end for the Newcastle faithful? Probably not this week, Newcastle will come out firing however the Tigers are running hot and should claim an easy win at Hunter Stadium. Tigers 13+ .
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