Knights Prepared To Fight

Picture: Liam Driver/news.com.au
Darius Boyd has been in great form over the past month. Picture: Liam Driver/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 13, 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 50 d Newcastle Knights 24 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 3, 2012 – Brisbane Broncos 24 d Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium
Round 24, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 26 d Newcastle Knights 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round 5, 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 17 d Newcastle Knights 6 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 24, 2010 – Newcastle Knights 44 d Brisbane Broncos 18 at Hunter Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20 
Knights

W

W

-

W

L

Broncos

L

L

L

-

W


The battle in the ‘engine room’ could go a long way to decider the contest on Friday night, when the Knights  face the Broncos  at Hunter Stadium on Friday night without their two first choice props. With Kade Snowden already on the sidelines through suspension, Newcastle’s forward stocks have been further depleted by the unavailability of Willie Mason, who picked up calf and cheekbone injuries in the club’s 28-12 defeat to the Roosters last weekend. With Mason out David Fa’alogo will partner Zane Tetevano in the front row, while Adam Cuthbertson and Korbin Sims have been added to a five-man interchange bench.

Brisbane forward Ben Hannant will again miss out for the Broncos as he continues to recover from a calf injury that has restricted him to just one appearance since round nine, with Mitchell Dodds and the impressive Josh McGuire continuing in the starting thirteen. Alex Glenn suffered a broken thumb in the Broncos 18-16 win over derby rivals North Queensland in round 20 and joins fellow centres Jack Reed and Jordan Kahu in the casualty ward, giving David Stagg another opportunity in the backline.

1st Tryscorer

James McManus  has flourished at Hunter Stadium in 2013, having scored ten tries from nine appearances at the ground. With the New South Wales Origin representative in such hot form, the likes of Jarrod Mullen and Tyrone Roberts will again make the left side of the field a focal point in attack.

Teenage winger Corey Oates  may have only played three games for the Broncos but he has already made a big impression in the NRL. The boy-giant got across the line against the Cowboys last Friday night to double his try scoring tally in the competition after also getting on the scoresheet against the Sharks in his previous outing.

Prediction

Just when it looked like the Knights were starting to gain some momentum, they ran into a red hot Roosters outfit, going down to the second placed Roosters by 16 points. This could be another tricky fixture for Newcastle given they have lost their past four matches against the Broncos, but Brisbane isn’t the threat that it has been in days gone by. Last week’s victory over the Cowboys was Brisbane’s first for six weeks and they are likely to find the Knights too strong. Newcastle Knights by 12

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