Time To Rise For Alex

Rise For Alex. Image courtesy of: Phil Hillyard
The Newcastle Knights will Rise For Alex on Sunday. Image courtesy of: Phil Hillyard

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Knights v Titans

Hunter Stadium

Sunday July 20 – 2:05PM (AEST)




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It will be an emotional day on Sunday. Alex McKinnon, the Newcastle Knights player who was involved in a tragic accident earlier this year, will return to Hunter Stadium for the 'Rise For Alex' round. To say that all the Knights players will be passionate about this one is a massive understatement. The Gold Coast Titans will also be riding the wave of emotion, not only for Alex McKinnon, but also because of their own problems.

McKinnon is an inspiration to everyone. He was given little chance of ever moving his arms again, but almost four months on, he is exceeding all the doctors’ expectations. Not only is he moving his arms and wheeling himself around, but he has regained some feeling in his legs, and vows to walk himself down the aisle at his wedding. While NRL teams shouldn’t need inspiration to win games, the Knights will have more than enough on Sunday. Coach Wayne Bennett has made just one change to the team which beat the Sharks on Sunday, with Adam Cuthbertson being added to an extended bench.

The Titans will need some inspiration of their own. After losing six games in a row, they bounced back to topple the Rabbitohs at home two weeks ago. But a poor effort against the Raiders last week had everyone hanging their heads in shame. Off the back of that, the Titans this week have started their own internal investigations, with the board making it known that no one’s job is safe. Speedster Kevin Gordon has been named at fullback, with regular fullbacks Williams Zillman and David Mead out due to hamstring injuries. Anthony Don starts on the wing in place of Gordon and Mark Ioane is the 18th man.

This will be the one to watch this weekend. While both teams are sitting at the bottom of the ladder and don’t look like making a run for the finals, the amount of passion that will pour out for Alex is the reason not miss this one. It's hard to see the Titans overcoming the Knights in this one.

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