Newcastle Knights target rare back-to-back wins when they play host to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in NRL Round 3 action in the first game on Super Saturday.
Knights and Rabbitohs kick off at 3.00pm AEDT at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday. Live streaming is available via bet365 (geo restrictions apply in Australia/NZ).
Preview and Tips
With the euphoria of snapping their 19-game losing streak still fresh in the air in the Hunter, can the Newcastle Knights build on last week’s performance and register consecutive victories for the first time in over a year?
Newcastle have been in a rebuilding phase for the last two seasons now, but Nathan Brown has assembled an enthusiastic and determined young squad that you know will give 100 per cent every time they run out onto the field.
It was that intensity and youthful exuberance that got the Knights over the line - combined with the cool head on experienced halfback Trent Hodkinson.
Nathan Ross is quickly becoming the cult hero of the NRL, and his lightning pace out wide is proving fruitful, while there was plenty to like about teenage interchange forward Sam Stone - son of former Knights coach Rick.
However, we also must take into account the win was over a struggling Titans side who appear as though they will be hard-pressed to make the finals this year. Saturday’s opposition will be much tougher.
South Sydney responded brilliantly to their opening round hammering at the hands of the Tigers, clinically picking apart a disjointed Manly outfit to emerge comfortable 38-18 winners.
Adam Reynolds enjoyed a polished return to action at halfback, giving the Rabbitohs some much-needed guidance around the park, while his halves partner Cody Walker was at his electrifying best.
With superstar Greg Inglis out for six months with an ACL injury, it was also great to see Alex Johnston slot in seamlessly at fullback, with the youngster crossing for two tries against the Sea Eagles.
It’s an intriguing match-up and one both sides will fancy winning. While the Knights gave plenty of hope to fans last week, I’ll need to see more of them before I can confidently start tipping them regularly. Souths to continue on their winning ways.
- Souths have won their last seven meetings against Newcastle
- Rabbitohs have scored 48 points or more in three of their last four wins over Knights
- Souths have won just four from 20 at McDonald Jones Stadium
Both sides have named the same 17 players from their winning teams last week.
Knights: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Luke Yates 15. Jack Stockwell 16. Sam Stone 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Jacob Gagan 19. Joe Wardle 20. Josh King 21. Anthony Tupou
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Braidon Burns 3. Hymel Hunt 4. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Zane Musgrove 9. Robbie Farah 10. Jason Clark 11. John Sutton 12. Kyle Turner 13. Sam Burgess 14. Damien Cook 15. Angus Crichton 16. Robbie Rochow 17. George Burgess 18. Siosifa Talakai 19. Anthony Cherrington 20. Cameron Murray 21. Thomas Burgess
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