Written by Christopher Tearse
Sunday, July 26, 2.00 PM, Round 11, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Newcastle Knights take on Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL Match Preview
Bulldogs travel to Newcastle to take on the Knights and despite all the latest changes with the club and coaches the Bulldogs have won the last five against the Knights at home but is history enough to stop a Knights train this year? the Knights have been travelling well putting in fairly consistent performances whilst stepping up to teams that would normally run over them this history may be remembered today and the Knights should be too strong for the Bulldogs.
The Newcastle Knights
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Tautau Moga 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Herman Ese’ese
Reserves: 14. Connor Watson 15. Mitchell Barnett 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Sione Mata’utia 18. Tex Hoy 19. Josh King 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Gehamat Shibasaki
Coach: Adam O’Brien
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
|Brandon Wakeham||Christian Crichton|
|Dean Britt||Sauaso Sue|
1. Nick Meaney 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Jake Averillo 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson
Reserves: 14. Brandon Wakeham 15. Sione Katoa 16. Renouf To’omaga 17. Ofahiki Ogden 19. Dean Britt 20. Reimis Smith 21. Chris Smith 22. Jack Cogger
Coach: Steve Georgallis
The last time these two teams met the Knights at home lost to the Bulldogs 14-20. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 37 matches played between the Bulldogs and the Knights favour the Bulldogs winning 19, all other statistics indicate the Knights score more points and defend a lot better on an average.
Newcastle Knights for the win.
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