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The Canberra Raiders are at home to the Newcastle Knights in Sunday afternoon NRL. Join The Roar for live scores from 2pm AEST.
Newcastle’s coach Adam O’Brien made some extraordinary claims after last Sunday’s 42-6 drubbing at the hands of Penrith, saying it’s going to take time before the Knights turn their fortunes around.
“It’s not a quick fix and there’s some stuff that has been ingrained in this club for decades that we need to get on top of. Progress is rarely in a straight line.”
There was no mention about any such problems the first couple of years when he was coach and the team made the finals but this year, all of a sudden, in 2022, he’s making out like he needs to rebuild the joint, which was what supposedly happened when Nathan Brown was in the role before him. It sounds like a coach under pressure trying to buy more time.
Despite this, O’Brien has resisted making sweeping changes. Kalyn Ponga is expected to play despite failing an HIA against Penrith on Sunday.
For the Raiders, Josh Papalii was relegated to the interchange last week after Origin duty so he will return to the run-on side with an eight-day turnaround. Jordan Rapana returns on the wing after his second suspension this year.
1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott
Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Harawira-Naera 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Brad Schneider 19. James Schiller 20. Trey Mooney 21. Semi Valemei 22. Adrian Trevilyan
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Jake Clifford 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Kurt Mann
Interchange: 14. Simi Sasagi 15. Leo Thompson 16. Mathew Croker 17. Pasami Saulo 18. Phoenix Crossland 19. Tex Hoy 20. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 21. Adam Clune 22. Hymel Hunt