Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog
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Newcastle Vs. Canberra
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 9 June, 2012
|Hunter Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW|
|Canberra 32 defeated Newcastle 16|
|Referee: Jared Maxwell|
|Touch judges: Luke Potter & J Walsh|
Two clubs struggling big-time for form in 2012: The Newcastle Knights take on the Canberra Raiders at Hunter Stadium; both desperate to grab the two points and get their season back on track. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.30pm AEST.
Newcastle are coming off four straight losses with what would have to be the least potent attack in the NRL, while Canberra are struggling in their own right, particularly after their 40-0 drubbing at home to the Tigers last weekend.
Needless to say, both sides need a pick-me-up and both will be looking at this contest as the perfect opportunity to get their season back on track.
Newcastle are more heavily affected by Origin – Canberra will miss international front rower David Shillington, while the Knights will have to make do without strike weapons Akuila Uate and Darius Boyd.
Still, both Wayne Bennett and David Furner will be confident they have the side to come away with the two points here tonight.
For Canberra, Josh Dugan once again slots into five-eighth after an ineffective debut there last week. He’ll be much better for the run and will most likely find himself with more time against the Knights than he did against a top-notch Tigers outfit.
The Knights have reshuffled their backline, too, with Peter Mata’utia, Kevin Naiqama and new recruit Dane Gagai all named to start. All three are excitement machines, but their inexperience at first grade level may be telling and there’s no doubt the Raiders will be looking to find them out in defence.
The Knights do, however, retain their full-strength forward pack, with the likes of Snowden, Buderus, Mason, Houston and Costigan all on hand. It’s a much more experienced pack than that of the Raiders, and that experience could be telling.
With both coaches sure to be viewing this contest as a must-win, who will prevail? Join us from 7.30pm for live score updates and debate on our live blog, and be sure to give us your opinion in the space below if you’re watching.