Written by Christopher Tearse
Sunday, July 12, 4.05 PM, Round 9, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Newcastle Knights take on Parramatta Eels NRL Match Preview
First home game for the Knights this year since the commencement will it pay dividends for the Knights and their fans? the Knights have travelled solid throughout the year, while not being the pinnacle of the ladder they are flying low under the radar should Eels fans be concerned? if the Eels turn up today it could be too tough of a match for the Knights as the Eels have outscored and out defended the Knights statistically this year thus far, if the Knights have cards up their sleeves they will be revealed today to get this win.
The Newcastle Knights
|Brodie Jones||Edrick Lee|
|Josh King||Sione Mata’utia|
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Tex Hoy 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Herman Ese’ese
Reserves: 14. Starford To’a 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Brodie Jones 18. Tautau Moga 19. Josh King 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Connor Watson
Coach: Adam O’Brien
The Parramatta Eels
|Daniel Alvaro||Oregon Kaufusi|
|George Jennings||Ray Stone|
1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jai Field 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown
Reserves: 14. David Gower 15. Stefano Utoikamanu 16. Marata Niukore 17. Brad Takairangi 18. Daniel Alvaro 19. George Jennings 20. Will Smith 21. Andrew Davey
Coach: Brad Arthur
The last time these two teams met the Knights at home were beaten by the Eels 7-14. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 38 matches played between the Knights and the Eels favour the Knights winning 22, all other statistics suggest that the Eels score more points and defend better on average per game played throughout this season, thus far.
Parramatta Eels for the win.
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