Knights Ready To March Into Finals

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Jarrod Mullen is arguably having the best season of his career. Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 17, 2012 – Newcastle Knights 20 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 6, 2012 - Newcastle Knights 14 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round 12, 2011 - Newcastle Knights 8 d Parramatta Eels 6 at Hunter Stadium
Round15, 2010 - Newcastle Knights 6 d Parramatta Eels 4 at Hunter Stadium
Round 22, 2009 – Parramatta Eels 40 d Newcastle Knights 8 at Parramatta Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24    Rd 25 
Knights

D

W

L

L

W

Eels

L

W

L

L

W


The Knights  tackle the Eels  at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon, knowing that a win will see them reach the finals after missing out last season. They will be without Kurt Gidley for the match however, with the injury-plagued utility ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Tyrone Roberts comes into the side at halfback in his absence, while Jeremy Smith has been included after recovering from a knee injury, with his return forcing Alex McKinnon back to the bench.

Jarryd Hayne is still missing for the Eels, with Reni Maitua named at five-eighth and Ken Sio at fullback in his absence. Jake Mullaney has been relegated from the bench after failing to see any game time in Parramatta’s 22-26 defeat to the Dragons on Monday night with Daniel Harrison taking his place in the squad.


1st Tryscorer

Joseph Leilua  arguably had his best game of the season against the Broncos last week, being a constant menace in attack and bagging a double. The powerful 21 year-old is forming a dangerous combination on the right hand side of the field with Akuila Uate and will again be a focal point of the Knights attacking this week.

Semi Radradra  only made his NRL debut against the Panthers eight weeks ago but is already making an impression in the top grade. Since failing to trouble the scorer in his first two matches, the 21 year-old has ran in five tries from just four appearance in the blue and gold.


Prediction

Parramatta may have won two of its past four matches but don’t be deceived by that fact. Those wins came against the Tigers and Dragons who have been only marginally worse than them throughout the season. This should be a walk in the park for the finals bound Knights, who really don’t deserve to finish in the top eight if they can’t win here. Newcastle Knights by 18

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