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The Newcastle Knights try to bounce back from an embarrassing performance, when they host a Cronulla Sharks side looking to string wins together. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:00pm (AEST)
The Knights were humbled in Tamworth by the New Zealand Warriors last start, with a disgusted Mitchell Pearce commenting on Fox post-match that they “got what they deserved”.
Cronulla put a poor performance against the Panthers behind them with a convincing victory over the Cowboys 28-12. It was an improved defensive performance from John Morris’s team, who had held some frank team discussions in a bid to plug their porous defence.
The Knights may well have had some crisis-talks of their own during the week, after conceding an avalanche of second-half points in Tamworth to a side they were expected to beat.
For the Sharks, the win over the Cowboys will mean little if they can’t back it up with another solid showing. Cronulla hasn’t won a single game against top-eight opposition all year, and will be desperate to do so before the start of the finals.
Kick-off: 6pm (AEST)
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Knights $1.72, Sharks $2.15
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To’a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitchell Barnett
Bench/Reserves: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Herman Ese’ese, 16. Josh King, 17. Brodie Jones, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Jirah Momoisea, 20. Tautau Moga, 21. Chris Randall
1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Josh Dugan, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Braydon Trindall, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Wade Graham, 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 14. Connor Tracey, 15. Scott Sorensen, 16. Siosifa Talakai, 17. Royce Hunt, 18. Jack Williams, 19. Bryson Goodwin, 20. Teig Walton, 21. Andrew Fifita