Woeful Warriors Tackle Knights

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Dane Nielsen will return for the Warriors this weekend. Image courtesy of 3news.co.nz
Last 5 Meetings

Round 20, 2012 – Newcastle Nights 24 d New Zealand Warriors 19 at Hunter Stadium
Round 23, 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 20 d Newcastle Knights 12 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 10, 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 25 d Newcastle Knights 16 at Hunter Stadium
Round 23, 2010 – New Zealand Warriors 22 d Newcastle Knights 10 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 14, 2010 – New Zealand Warriors 32 d Newcastle Knights 24 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10 
Warriors

L

L

W

L

L

Knights

W

W

L

L

W


The Warriors  return to New Zealand to face the Knights  this weekend, looking to made amends for an embarrassing 62-6 defeat to the Panthers at Penrith in round ten. Coach Ivan Clearly has Kevin Locke and Dane Nielsen available again with the duo returning from injury, but neither hard working lock Todd Lowrie or centre Ben Henry will play after picking up rib and knee injuries, with the latter ruled out for the season.

Akuila Uate returns for the Knights after missing his sides 44-8 win over the Bulldogs last weekend and replaces Kevin Naiqama on the flank. Joey Leilua keeps his spot in the centres after taking an early guilty plea after being charged for a dangerous throw but Jeremy Smith will have to keep cooling his heels on the sidelines as he remains banned.

1st Tryscorer

Former Queensland State of Origin representative Dane Nielsen  has had an injured plagued start to his Warriors career, completing just two of the five matches that he has played for the club. Reportedly back to full fitness now, the centre be determined to get back to the form that sort him win representative honours in 2011.

Joey Leilua  made a good impression at the Roosters last year and has started to get an opportunity at the Knights. He was on the scoreboard against the Bulldogs last week and will want to repay the faith that Wayne Bennett has paid in him.

Prediction

The Warriors were absolutely horrendous against the Panthers last week and a repeat of that performance would see them comfortably beaten by the Knights again. Newcastle has won just four of its past 14 away games however and has a poor record against the Warriors, having lost eight of the past ten meetings between the clubs. Is spite of that, it’s impossible to tip a team that has won just two of its past 18 matches. Newcastle Knights by 4

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