Written by Mr Puntsource
The Parramatta Eels will host the Newcastle Knights in game two, Round 9 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership in 2023; It doesn’t get more competitive in round nine as these two fight it out for another two points; The Parramatta Eels sitting in thirteenth on the ladder wouldn’t be feeling too comfortable, it’s a hard climb for them and they need the two points here to stay just outside the top eight.
The Newcastle Knights are sitting twelfth on the ladder, and have lost their last two matches by two points or less, and will be looking to obviously break that streak and get a win against Parramatta but the Eels at home are very strong, they like to play for their home crowd so getting this win will be another tough match, can Newcastle sustain another grind to upset the Eels?
The biggest challenge for this match is the forwards, with no Reagan Campbell-Gillard will the Knights forwards be able to lay a platform for Hastings and Ponga to go about with their play-making skills?
There isn’t much difference between these two, offense and defence are similar, it’s going to be a question of who wants it more.
Daejarn Asi, Haze Dunster, Isaac Lumelume, Jack Murchie, Makahesi Makatoa, and Ofahiki Ogden are in for the Eels, and Adam Clune, Dylan Lucas, Hymel Hunt and Jack Johns slot in for the Newcastle.
Since 1998, Newcastle Knights has been winning fifty-two per cent of the head-to-head clashes; Parramatta Eels at home have won three from the last five against the Knights; the last time these two met? the Parramatta Eels were victorious winning 39-2.
In Round Eight, the Parramatta Eels lost to the Broncos 26-16, and the Newcastle Knights lost to the Cowboys 18-16.
Since Round One, The Parramatta Eels are currently averaging twenty-two points per match, and the Newcastle Knights have averaged twenty.
Since Round One, the Parramatta Eels are currently leaking twenty-two points a match in 2023, while the Newcastle Knights have been leaking twenty-one points a match.
Parramatta Eels by 6