Knights Try To Take 'Fortress Brooky'

Source: Braden Fastier/foxsports.com.au
Brett Stewart is known as the Prince of Brookvale Source: Braden Fastier/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 24 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 42 d Newcastle Knights 20 at Brookvale Oval
Round 19 2012 – Newcastle Knights 32 d Manly Sea Eagles 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round 19 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 32 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Hunter Stadium
Round 3 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 26 d Newcastle Knights 12 at Brookvale Oval
Round 21 2010 – Newcastle Knights 32 d Manly Sea Eagles 14 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

Sea Eagles – W
Knights – W

Despite failing to wake up from their off-season slumber until the second half against Brisbane last weekend, Manly  scored a strong 22-14 win in the opening round to make an ideal start to the new season. Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough both appeared to be hampered by injury during the match but have been named in an unchanged lineup against the Knights.

Big things were expected of Newcastle  this season and they couldn’t have been more impressive in posting a 42-10 win over the Tigers, but equally as pleasing would have been the fact that skipper Kurt Gidley came through his first game since round eight last year with a clean bill of health. Like their opponent, the Knights go into this fixture with an unchanged squad.

1st Tryscorer – Brett Stewart  has a tremendous tryscoring record at Brookvale Oval and is known as ‘The Prince of Brooky’. He has performed well against Newcastle recently, scoring a brace and causing all sorts of problems for the defence.

While Akuila Uate took the plaudits against Wests with a hat-trick, the work of Dane Gagai  playing inside him cannot be underestimated. He scored a brace himself and has been a revelation since moving to the steel city from Brisbane.

Prediction – As impressive as they were last weekend, the Knights face a totally different challenge taking on Manly at Brookvale Oval on Sunday evening. The enormity of their task is best illustrated by the fact the Knights have won just two of the past seven games between the sides and haven’t won at ‘Brooky’ for seven years. Add to that the fact that the Sea Eagles have won 17 of their past 20 at their spiritual home and you have to fancy Manly. Manly Sea Eagles 1-12

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