Monday Night NRL

Willie Mason has provided much needed spark to the Knights pack. Image courtesy of: foxsports.com.au
Newcastle can all but kiss their finals hopes goodbye unless they beat Cronulla on Monday night. Locked in a battle for eighth spot with four other teams on 22 competition points the Knights need to win at least three of their four remaining games. Cronulla sealed an appearance in September with a dominant 45-4 performance over the Warriors in New Zealand and all signs point to finals football with the return of Paul Gallen and Todd Carney from injury. Former Sharks powerhouse Kade Snowden returns from injury to line-up against his old club for the Knights while the Sharks remain unchanged after last week’s trip across the Tasman.

History – Newcastle’s impressive record against the Sharks extend to their home stadium. The Knights have recorded four successive wins over the Sharks and it’s been Six years since the Sharks drew blood at Hunter Stadium. Newcastle piled on eighteen unanswered points to defeat the Sharks in round two and would be confident of continuing their run in front of a jammed packed crowd on Monday night.

Dangermen – Akuila Uate has lifted a gear since his omission from NSW’s Origin three team. The Fijian flyer has already bagged sixteen tries this season and has scored 38 tries from 44 games at Hunter Stadium. Sharks veteran Colin Best has announced he’ll hang up the boots at the end of the season after an impressive 2012. The tradesman like centre continues to impress coach Shane Flanagan and leads the club with seven tries for the season.

Prediction – Newcastle’s formidable home record shouldn’t be overlooked, they should be too classy for the Sharks. Knights 1-12 .

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