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Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog

10th September, 2023
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Canberra Raiders

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Newcastle Knights

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Match Complete

Canberra Raiders

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78J. Fogarty
77T. Starling
66J. Fogarty
64M. Frawley
K. Ponga63
D. Young62
D. Gagai56
K. Ponga55
D. Young54
K. Ponga49
K. Ponga47
39J. Fogarty
39J. Schiller
31T. Mooney
20J. Fogarty
18J. Schiller
K. Ponga6
G. Marzhew5

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The first round of the finals comes to an end this afternoon when the Newcastle Knights take on the Canberra Raiders at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:05pm (AEST).

The second elimination final of the weekend sees the high flying Knights take on the wounded Raiders. It sounds like a mismatch and that is exactly what Ricky Stuart wants us to think.

The Knights go for ten wins in a row when they play the Raiders. In the last game of their regular season, they dismantled the Dragons 32-12. The Dragons were average but Newcastle showed they can win, and win well, without Kalyn Ponga.

The Knights have always had a strong pack on paper, and are finally playing to their potential. This is allowing a solid halves pairing to create opportunities for a classy backline, featuring Ponga, Bradman Best and Dominic Young.

Ponga, Jackson Hastings and Lachlan Fitzgibbon return from injury whilst a number of rested players are back. Mat Croker left for a late HIA against the Dragons but has been named to play.

The Raiders got in the grind against the Sharks last weekend but were eventually outgunned 24-6. The send off of Sebastian Kris didn’t help the Raiders plight but momentum had swung by that point.

Canberra’s strength is their pack but of their big 3, Corey Horsburgh and Josh Papali’i are watching from the sideline. A lot of pressure is on Joseph Tapine to get momentum in the middle.

With Kris out for 5 games. James Schiller comes in on the wing. Albert Hopoate and Jarrod Croker have both been named in the reserves so there may be late changes.

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Prediction

Ricky Stuart will like the underdog tag and his team will build a siege mentality this week. However, on paper at least, they look to be beaten across the park.

In front of a big home crowd, I don’t think the Knights will let this one slip. Knights by 10

Game information

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
TV: Nine, Fox Sports
Streaming: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Odds: Knights $1.20 Raiders $4.60 – odds via PlayUp

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Adam Elliott 14. Kurt Mann 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Mathew Croker 18. Adam Clune 19. Lachlan Miller 20. Dylan Lucas 21. Enari Tuala 22. Brodie Jones

Raiders: Jordan Rapana 2. James Schiller 3. Jack Wighton 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Nick Cotric 6. Matt Frawley 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Ata Mariota 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hohepa Puru 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Trey Mooney 18. Jarrod Croker 19. Albert Hopoate 20. Danny Levi 21. Ethan Strange 22. Xavier Savage

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