Knights Defend Unbeaten Record At Fortress

Picture: Liam Driver/news.com.au
Darius Boyd had his best game of the year against the Dragons. Picture: Liam Driver/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 8 2012 – Newcastle Knights 34 d Penrith Panthers 14 at Hunter Stadium
Round 15 2011 – Newcastle Knights 16 d Penrith Panthers 12 at Hunter Stadium
Round 1 2011 – Newcastle Knights 42 d Penrith Panthers 8 at Panthers Stadium
Round 13 2010 – Penrith Panthers 28 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Panthers Stadium
Round 4 2010 – Penrith Panthers 34 d Newcastle Knights 30 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

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Knights

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Panthers

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The Newcastle Knights  host the Penrith Panthers  on Saturday night, happy to be back at home after suffering their second loss of the season against the Dragons at WIN Jubilee Oval in round five. Although they have won their three home matches this season by a combined margin of 76 points, the Knights have struggled away from Hunter Stadium and are 0-2 on the road in 2013.

With Tyrone Roberts continuing to impress at halfback, club captain Kurt Gidley has been named at hooker again for Newcastle, with former Test rake Danny Buderus back on the bench after being a late withdrawal last week.

Despite suffering their fourth straight loss to the Cowboys last weekend, the Panthers will take an unchanged lineup to Hunter Stadium with Blake Austin and Tom Humble in the halves to keep Luke Walsh on the sidelines. Penrith scored 82 points in the first three rounds but put just 10 on the board in rounds four and five and need their playmakers to fire if they are going to score their first win since the opening weekend of the season.

1st Tryscorer

Darius Boyd  has made a slow start to the season by his lofty standards showed signs of his best form against St George Illawarra last week. He made two line breaks and four tackle breaks against the Dragons and was the first Knight to bag a four pointer.

Josh Mansour  has been one of the few Panthers players to have performed admirably in 2013, running for 130m plus in four of his five matches. The winger hasn’t been rewarded with a try yet but it won’t be long till he gets across the line.

Prediction – The Knights have been awesome at home this season and have posted three straight wins over Penrith. Put that together with the fact that the Panthers have won away from home only twice in their past 12 attempts and it should be another comfortable win for Newcastle. Newcastle Knights 13+

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