ROUND 15: Knights v Sharks @ Hunter Stadium

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    [TD="align: center"]Newcastle
    KNIGHTS
    POSITION: 14th
    FORM: L L L W L
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    SHARKS
    POSITION: 12th
    FORM: W L W L L
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    SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST
    KICK OFF: 2:00 PM

    (LIVE ON FOX SPORTS)

    Referees: Gavin Badger and Alan Shortall

    Sideline Referees: David Ryan and Peter Gough

    Video Referees: Shayne Hayne and Luke Phillips

    TICKET PURCHASE & GAME DAY INFORMATION HERE

    LOWER GRADES

    HOLDEN CUP: Knights v Sharks @ 11:45am Sunday June 21st, Hunter Stadium

    NSW CUP: Knights v Wests Tigers @ 3:00 PM Saturday June 20th, Campbelltown Stadium


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    1. Kurt GIDLEY (c)
    2. James MCMANUS
    3.
    Sione MATA'UTIA
    4.
    Dane GAGAI
    5. Akuila UATE
    6. Carlos TUIMAVAVE
    7. Tyrone ROBERTS
    8. Kade SNOWDEN
    9. Adam CLYDSDALE
    10.
    Korbin SIMS
    11. Beau SCOTT
    12. Tariq SIMS
    13. Chris HOUSTON

    14. Tyler RANDELL
    15. Robbie ROCHOW
    16. Joseph TAPINE
    17. Pat VAIVAI

    Sharks Line Up:

    1. Michael Gordon
    2. Sosaia Feki
    3. Gerard Beale
    4. Ricky Leutele
    5. Valentine Holmes
    6. Jack Bird
    7. Jeff Robson
    8. Andrew Fifita
    9. Michael Ennis
    10. Matt Prior
    11. Luke Lewis
    12. Wade Graham
    13. Paul Gallen (c)

    14. Jayson Bukuya
    15. Chris Heighinton
    16. David Fifita
    17. Sam Tagataese


    KEY KNIGHTS MILESTONES

    - Kurt Gidley requires 12 more points to reach 1,200 career points and 1,200 points for the Knights

    - Tyrone Roberts requires 2 more points to reach 350 career points and 350 points for the Knights


    All discussion on the game in this thread. Pre-match talk and predictions, live score updates & post-match thoughts

     
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    HEAD TO HEAD - OVERALL

    Played - 46
    Knights - 28
    Sharks - 17
    Drawn - 1

    HEAD TO HEAD - HUNTER STADIUM

    Played - 20
    Knights - 14
    Sharks - 5
    Drawn - 1

    NRL RECORD (1998-PRESENT)


    Played - 30
    Knights - 20
    Sharks - 10

    HEAD TO HEAD - THE COACHES

    Games - 3
    Rick Stone - 2
    Shane Flanagan - 1

    FACTS AND FIGURES

    * The Knights have won 9 out of their last 12 games against the Sharks
    * The Knights have won 8 out of their last 10 games against the Sharks
    * The Knights have have only lost to the Sharks 4 times since 2007
    * The Knights have only lost to the Sharks 5 times in the last decade
    * The Knights have won 5 out of their last 6 games against the Sharks at Hunter Stadium
    * The Knights have won 6 out of their last 8 games against the Sharks at Hunter Stadium
    * The Sharks have only beaten the Knights 4 times at Hunter Stadium since 1995
    * The Knights have a overall winning percentage of 61.1% against the Sharks
    * The only current NRL teams we have a better record against are Souths (69.44%) and Titans (61.53%)
    *These teams have already played once this year with the Sharks winning 22-6
    * The Knights have played 8 home games this year winning 3 and losing 5
    * The Sharks have played 5 away games this year winning 2 and losing 3
    * The average amount of points scored in games between these 2 teams is 36.39 points per game
    * The average Margin of victory in games between these 2 teams is 17.54 points per game

    2015 SEASON STATS

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    Newcastle Knights

    Cronulla Sharks





    14th
    Position
    12th

    230
    Points Scored
    195

    290
    Points Conceded
    236

    40
    Tries Scored
    31

    50
    Tries Conceded
    35

    19,770
    Metres Gained
    18,823

    53
    Line Breaks
    28

    332
    Tackle Breaks
    317

    140
    Errors
    116

    5,700
    Kick Metres
    5,679

    0
    40/20s
    0

    128
    Offloads
    122

    334
    Missed Tackles
    291
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    2015 PLAYER STATS


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    Adam Clydsdale

    Games - 11
    Metres - 289
    Tackle Breaks - 5
    Line Breaks - 1
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 3
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles -
    347
    Missed Tackles - 13
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 3


    Dave Fa'alogo

    Games - 13
    Metres - 1,046
    Tackle Breaks - 6
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 6
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 305
    Missed Tackles - 7
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 4
    Dane Gagai

    Games - 13
    Metres - 1,942
    Tackle Breaks - 58
    Line Breaks - 8
    Try Assists - 5
    Line Break Assists - 7
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 8
    Tackles - 137
    Missed Tackles - 28
    Tries - 6
    Errors - 15
    Kurt Gidley

    Games - 11
    Metres - 833
    Tackle Breaks - 15
    Line Breaks - 3
    Try Assists - 4
    Line Break Assists - 3
    Kicks - 25
    Kick Metres - 474
    Penalties Conceded - 4
    Offloads - 5
    Tackles - 264
    Missed Tackles - 13
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 14


    Chris Houston

    Games - 13
    Metres - 973
    Tackle Breaks - 11
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 11
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 468
    Missed Tackles - 27
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 1
    Sam Mataora

    Games - 2
    Metres - 97
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 47
    Missed Tackles - 0
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0
    Sione Mata'utia

    Games - 12
    Metres - 1,569
    Tackle Breaks - 19
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 4
    Offloads - 5
    Tackles - 111
    Missed Tackles - 18
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 5
    James McManus

    Games - 12
    Metres - 1,462
    Tackle Breaks - 23
    Line Breaks - 7
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 24
    Missed Tackles - 6
    Tries - 4
    Errors - 6


    Jarrod Mullen

    Games -8
    Metres - 475
    Tackle Breaks - 9
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 3
    Line Break Assists - 4
    Kicks - 67
    Kick Metres - 1,999
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 13
    Tackles - 120
    Missed Tackles - 26
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 4


    Clint Newton

    Games -1
    Metres - 16
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 22
    Missed Tackles - 0
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0
    Tyler Randell

    Games - 10
    Metres - 329
    Tackle Breaks - 9
    Line Breaks - 3
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Kicks - 13
    Kick Metres - 447
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 225
    Missed Tackles - 12
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 2
    Tyrone Roberts

    Games - 12
    Metres - 473
    Tackle Breaks - 18
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Kicks - 86
    Kick Metres - 2,468
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 167
    Missed Tackles - 27
    Tries - 0
    Goals - 29/35
    Errors - 14

    Robbie Rochow

    Games - 3
    Metres - 352
    Tackle Breaks - 2
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 74
    Missed Tackles - 5
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 0


    Beau Scott

    Games - 9
    Metres - 580
    Tackle Breaks - 14
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 15
    Tackles - 278
    Missed Tackles - 16
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 5
    Korbin Sims

    Games - 11
    Metres - 1,102
    Tackle Breaks - 17
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 8
    Offloads - 6
    Tackles - 258
    Missed Tackles - 26
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 6
    Tariq Sims

    Games - 9
    Metres - 1,084
    Tackle Breaks - 15
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 5
    Offloads - 5
    Tackles - 300
    Missed Tackles - 15
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 8

    Jeremy Smith

    Games - 10
    Metres - 790
    Tackle Breaks - 10
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 5
    Offloads - 5
    Tackles - 297
    Missed Tackles - 10
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 2


    Kade Snowden

    Games - 12
    Metres - 1,564
    Tackle Breaks - 17
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 6
    Offloads - 21
    Tackles - 428
    Missed Tackles - 25
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 10
    Jack Stockwell

    Games - 12
    Metres - 934
    Tackle Breaks - 8
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 308
    Missed Tackles - 9
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 6
    Joseph Tapine

    Games - 5
    Metres - 267
    Tackle Breaks - 3
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 78
    Missed Tackles - 5
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0

    Carlos Tuimavave

    Games - 2
    Metres - 101
    Tackle Breaks - 2
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Kicks - 16
    Kick Metres - 395
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 31
    Missed Tackles - 3
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0
    Akuila Uate

    Games - 13
    Metres - 1,791
    Tackle Breaks - 42
    Line Breaks - 10
    Try Assists - 3
    Line Break Assists - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 10
    Tackles - 46
    Missed Tackles - 21
    Tries - 8
    Errors - 11
    Pat Vaivai

    Games - 2
    Metres - 114
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 31
    Missed Tackles - 2
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0

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    PREDICTIONS AND PENDING MILESTONES

    Prediction


    Cronulla Sharks - 26
    Newcastle Knights - 12
    FTS - Valentine Holmes
    LTS - Luke Lewis
    MOTM - Luke Lewis

    Pending Milestones

    * Kurt Gidley requires 12 more points to reach 1,200 career points and 1,200 points for the Knights
    * Tyrone Roberts requires 2 more points to reach 350 career points and 350 points for the Knights
    * James McManus (161 games) will surpass Mark Hughes (161 games) as our 13th highest capped player
    * Akuila Uate (142 games) will surpass Josh Perry (142 games) as our 18th highest capped player
     
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    Knights searching for redemption

    Tue 16th June, 03:54PM

    Newcastle Knight Chris Houston says the team has returned to Knights HQ after the bye hungry for redemption, and it all starts on the training paddock.

    “We need to get our season back on track and need to put some good sessions on the paddock because Cronulla is going to be tough on Sunday,” he said on Tuesday as the Knights prepare to host the Cronulla Sharks.

    The veteran forward feels restored after the bye, and eager to return to Hunter Stadium after Round 13's loss to the Canberra Raiders, a game he carried a niggling injury into.

    “I’ve had a little ongoing neck injury with a bulging disk in my neck,” he said.

    “I had a bit of treatment on that in the bye and it’s feeling really good.

    “I think the week off as much as everything has come at a good time for me and I’m keen to get into the back end of the season.”

    While the Knights miss four of its members through Origin duties, he assured the rest of the squad is concentrated on a common goal.

    “It’s a bit of a disruptive week. We have a few away with rep duties,” he said.

    “Once we get those boys back from the rep week we’ll get our focus on the Sharks."

    The Knights continue to feel the effects of injured personnel, but this week brings with it hope of the return of some of the team’s mainstays.

    “A positive is that we have Robbie Rochow back training well after his operation. He’s a big plus for our side,” he said.

    Injured halfback Tyrone Roberts also shows signs of a return after injuring his ankle in Round 12.

    “Fingers crossed, Tyrone got through most of the session today, and if he pulls up well, I think he should be right,” he concluded.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/06/16/knights_search_for_r.html






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    Knights not giving up

    Tue 16th June, 01:19PM

    For Newcastle Knights skipper Kurt Gidley, giving up isn't in his make up.

    Reflecting on a career spanning almost 15 years, he’s seen his fair share of challenges and tough times, but knows from experience there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

    The Knights have struggled to find their feet after a positive start to the 2015 season and search for a valuable win when they meet the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday at Hunter Stadium.

    A passionate leader of the Club, he’s adamant that through hard work and resilience, the tables will turn for the Knights.

    “I’ve never been one to give up, that’s for sure,” he told the media on Tuesday.

    “I’ve been through some horrible times during my career and some real ups and downs and tough periods.

    “It’s not part of my DNA. Any time there is a tough time, whether it's because of injuries or there is pressure on the Club, and we’ve been through that in the last 12 months, that’s the time to turn up and work hard.

    “With adversity and the pressure, that’s when you’ll see the best or the worst of people I suppose."

    While results have been lacking on the field, Gidley maintains an attitude of steel and refuses to allow circumstances to alter his enthusiasm and passion for taking the field.

    “Times are challenging, but I can’t wait to play again this weekend,” he said.

    “I can’t wait to turn up to training and try to make a difference and try to make an improvement on my game and the team’s game and to turn the season around.

    “There’s a whole heap of the season left to go and I wouldn’t even talk about giving up.

    “Because the results at the end of that are the greatest results you’ll get and the happiest and most satisfying.”

    Gidley was thankful for the timing of the bye, which has allowed injured players more time to recover and is confident the Knights' preparation is pinpointed on the right areas.

    “The week off is good to refresh the body at this time of the year,” he said.

    “In some of our losses defensively is where we’ve let ourselves down.

    “When we have played well we have defended well and have
    normally gone on to win the game.”


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/06/16/knights_not_giving_u.html




     
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    Assistant's Analysis: Round 15

    Wed 17th June, 01:22PM

    Assistant coach Craig Sandercock joined Rick Stone to discuss the Knights up-coming matchagainst the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday at Hunter Stadium.

    Trailing off a bye, the team has returned to Knights HQ full of enthusiasm and with the additional boost provided from a number of players set to re-join the side after recovering from injury.

    “We have had a few injuries the last few weeks I suppose, there’s a bit of good news with our back row and Robbie Rochow?” Sandercock asked Stone.

    “Robbie had a back procedure and has been working hard with his rehab and training strongly at the back end of last week,” Stone said.

    “He’s been really impressive in the early parts of this week and we expect him to play and its great to have him back.

    “Tyrone Roberts has been running really well. He had a syndesmosis sprain in Auckland a couple of weeks ago and didn’t play against the Raiders.

    “He’s getting pretty close to a game this weekend.

    "He’s trained well through the week but will need to get to the back end of the week unscathed to take his place on Saturday.”

    Stone also indicated Jeremy Smith is getting closer a return to the field in the next couple of weeks.

    “Jack Stockwell has been playing really well for us but has unfortunately torn his bicep and is out for the season. Who are we looking at to replace him?" Sandercock probed.

    “(Chris) Houso has been named at lock this week with Jeremy Smith out,” Stone said.

    “He and Robbie Rochow will share those duties a little bit. They are both seasoned campaigners as far as the middle is concerned and I think they will bring a bit of experience and consistency in the work they do.

    “It’s a good balance there for us.”

    For Stone, the weekend’s break was timely, especially approaching in-form opposition in the Sharks.

    “We were a bit banged up last week and the bye came at a good time,” Stone said.

    “There were a few boys that were carrying a few little niggles and needed a bit of a rest.

    “After the weekend off they’ve come back fresh and really enthusiastic in the early part of the week.”

    Moving on to Sunday’s game, Stone sees it as a clean slate after the last couple of weeks of losses.

    “Everyone is really disappointed and probably to the point of being embarrassed about our last home game against the Raiders,” he said.

    “Our job is a big one.

    “The Sharks had a terrific win against the Roosters last time they came out.

    "They are a formidable team…but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

    Sandercock asked who were the opposition's danger players were.

    “They have some big forwards and some skillful players," Stone said.

    "Luke Lewis and Wade Graham are on the edges as well.

    “At hooker there’s a great competitor in Mick Ennis.

    “There are also some good young players emerging in (Jack) Bird and Valentine Holmes.

    “They have plenty of talent right across the park.

    “They are pretty healthy at the moment and their last game gives them some confidence, so it will be a decent game for us on Sunday.

    “We need to improve and give not only ourselves but our fans some confidence in where we are going for the rest of the season.”

    The team is set for the challenge.

    “Hopefully everyone will turn up at 2pm on Sunday, because the boys have trained really well and are looking forward to it which is the main thing,” Sandercock concluded.

    “They are a very committed Newcastle Knights.”


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/06/17/assistant_s_analysis.html




     
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    Round 15 match day information

    Wed 17th June, 09:27AM

    Bring along the family to celebrate 100 years of Women in Policing on Sunday when the Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium.

    Get involved in a fun, family afternoon at the footy with kids on the field at the end of the main game.

    Don’t miss out on the Knights’ ticket offer.

    Secure great seats now and grab a free junior ticket with any adult ticket purchased online at Ticketmaster.

    Tickets are also available from the Knights Club Shop.

    Round 15 game day information

    Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks
    Round 15: Sunday June 21
    Gates Open: 11.30am
    NYC Kick off: 11.45am
    NRL Kick off: 2pm
    Venue: Hunter Stadium
    Purchase tickets HERE

    AROUND THE GROUND

    Knights celebrate 100 Years of Women in Policing!

    It will be an exciting celebration of 100 years of women in policing with fun and engaging policing displays in the precinct and entertainment throughout match day.

    There will be an interactive display of police cars, wagons and bikes including a rescue truck and squad with police officers on hand to explain equipment to fans.

    The landing of a police helicopter will happen at the half time of NYC match.

    Family Fun

    A jumping castle will be set up at the Western entrance of the stadium near the ticket office and face painting and balloon sculpting will happen on the family hill.

    Bring a footy along to the game as kids will be allowed on the field at the end of the NRL match.

    MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

    Don't let the forecast deter from attending the match. Members can upgrade their seats based upon availability.

    To upgrade on match day, visit any Ticketmaster Box Office window, show a Member card and ask to be upgraded for the day. Upgrade fees apply.

    The Member invite only fan forum will take place at the match as well as the Member invite only inner sanctum and the Member invite only guard of honour.

    Members who are involved in both activities will have already received confirmation they are taking part.

    To enhance security on match days, the Club asks that Members please be willing to show their Membership cards to Hunter Stadium staff and security in an effort to ensure supporters are in their correct seats.

    NEED HELP ON GAME DAY?

    The Knights Membership team will be available on match day from 11am at the Member Service Office located in the box office next to the western entrance.

    GETTING TO HUNTER STADIUM

    Parking is available for the full season or on a match-by-match basis through Ticketmaster.

    - Please note: District Park will not be available for parking at this weekend's game due to wet weather damage.

    The nearest train station to Hunter Stadium is Broadmeadow Station, approximately 1.5km away.

    Regular trains are available from Sydney and stop at stations including Central, Strathfield, Hornsby, Gosford, Wyong, Morisset and Cardiff on route to Broadmeadow.

    For a full list of stations and timetables visit NSW Transport.

    The nearest bus stop is at Young and Turton Road, New Lambton.

    The following buses stop within 1km of the stadium:

    - Down Turton Road: 231 and 111
    - Down Lambton Road: 363, 230, 222 and 317
    - Other buses: 225, 226 and 322

    For more information on bus travel and routes, please visit NSW Transport.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/06/17/round_15_match_day_i.html





     
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    Gallen is probably gonna miss the game. He picked up some kind of rib injury

    Fingers crossed
     
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    Yeah Levi to debut
     
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    We'll lose a bit in defence with Clydsdale out and Levi in, but he might actually be a bit better in attack.
    Hard to say how many minutes Randell and Levi will each get - maybe 40 minutes each would be about right.
     
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    Knights v Sharks preview

    Thu 18 Jun, 2015, 2:00pm

    By Jack Brady, National Correspondent, NRL.com

    With the Roosters playing Cronulla into form once again, the Knights have a huge challenge on their hands to sink the Sharks especially considering they were hammered by them back in Round 6.

    The Sharks have won three of their past five games and are coming up against a Newcastle team desperate for a win having lost eight of their past nine.

    The Knights will be buoyed by the returns of Robbie Rochow and halfback Tyrone Roberts. Roberts' inclusion aligns with Joey Leilua's departure from the club while Rochow comes in for Jack Stockwell, who suffered a season-ending bicep rupture in Round 13.

    Joe Tapine and Paterika Vaivai come in for David Fa'alogo (hamstring) and Sam Mataora, while Ricky Leutele comes into the centres for the Sharks in place of Blake Ayshford (back).

    Watch out Knights:

    A future full-time Sharks captain, back-rower Wade Graham is showing that life after Paul Gallen won't be too difficult a transition considering he has been producing 'Gal-esque' numbers of late.

    In the Sharks 10-4 win over the Roosters in Round 13, Graham produced 228 metres, five tackle breaks and 30 tackles.

    This, despite having Gallen beside him knocking up similar numbers.

    Watch out Sharks:

    The Knights have had some dramas of late on their right-edge defensively but with Leilua leaving the club, Dane Gagai's return to the centres (with Sione Mata'utia sure to shift to the vacated left spot) will help reduce points.

    Another factor to take into account is that Cronulla are the least successful try-scorers on the left edge competition-wide (six tries).

    Key Match-Up: Robbie Rochow v Jayson Bukuya

    With Gallen and Beau Scott playing for NSW on Wednesday night, the importance of their benched teammates Jayson Bukuya and Robbie Rochow will be understated.

    Rochow, a usual starter, will play his first game since Round 3 from the interchange and will at some point cross paths with the equally important Jayson Bukuya who has been a solid contributor of late.

    The History: Played 45; Knights 27, Sharks 17. Draw 1

    The Sharks are definitely in better form but history is undoubtedly on Newcastle's side this weekend.

    The Knights have won seven of their past nine games against the Sharks.

    However Cronulla's 22-6 victory in Round 6 is sure to do wonders for their confidence.

    What are the Odds:

    Sportsbet punters aren’t willing to go 13-plus on either of these teams while money is running 50/50 in the head to head market.

    The battle for favouritism could go either way by the time we reach kick-off.

    Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au

    Match Officials:

    Referee: Gavin Badger

    Assistant Referee: Alan Shortall

    Touch Judges: David Ryan and Peter Gough

    Video Referees: Shayne Hayne and Luke Phillips

    Televised:

    Fox Sports 1 (Live) – 2pm

    The Way We See It:

    A match between two teams entrenched in the bottom-third of the competition ladder isn't quite appealing but desperate times usually lead to fun games so expect a tough encounter.

    Gallen's fitness following Origin is hugely important but if he's right then the Sharks – for the second time this year – will have enough to beat the Knights.

    Sharks by 4.


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    NRL Late Mail ahead of round 15: Team changes and gossip


    • TOM SANGSTER
    • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    • JUNE 18, 2015 3:01PM

    PAUL Gallen admits he didn’t sleep and is in serious pain after playing through Origin with cartilage damage.

    Gallen will report to Cronulla later on Thursday for a full assessment and is yet to be officially ruled out of Sunday’s clash against the Knights, although the NSW and Cronulla skipper admitted he had a torrid night.

    “I’m struggling to be honest.

    I haven’t had a wink of sleep and I’m in a fair bit of pain with this rib,” Gallen told the Big Sports Breakfast on Thursday morning.

    When asked if his rib was broken, Gallen said:

    “I don’t think so.

    From what I’ve been told it seems like a rib cartilage injury.

    I’m telling you, it’s pretty painful. I haven’t had one before.

    It’s not real nice.”

    Gallen couldn’t guarantee he would be fit for Origin III:

    “I don’t exactly know, from what the physio told me, the first three or four days are the worst and they come good after that.”

    Knights v Sharks - 2pm Sunday at Hunter Stadium

    Knights:

    Beau Scott will back up from Origin. Adam Clydsdale (shoulder) is likely to be ruled out, with Tyler Randell to start and Daniel Levi to debut off the bench.

    Robbie Rochow (back) and Tyrone Roberts (ankle) have trained and will return from extended lay-offs.

    Kade Snowden (neck) is still inconvenienced by injury and skipped contact this week, but will play against his old club.

    Jeremy Smith (sternum) has completed limited training, but won’t be a late inclusion.

    Sharks:

    Paul Gallen (ribs) is yet to be officially ruled out, although he is highly unlikely to play.

    He may not take the field again until the Origin decider.

    Ricky Leutele (shoulder) is right to return.

    Ben Barba (ribs) has completed some training this week, although he is likely to be saved for next week.


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    josh2010 Up The Knights!!!!! Staff Member Moderator

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    Unfortunately ill be going with my Brother whos a Sharks fan! So hopefully we win!!!

    Excited about Levi making his debut!! been wanting him to start for a while now!
     
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    Knights by 13+.

    We don't win, bye bye 2015.
     
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    2015 is already gone
     
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