NRL Newcastle Knights vs Canterbury Bulldogs Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. Newcastle Knights vs Canterbury Bulldogs match will be kick off at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, Friday 07 April 2017 online, Time 18:00 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
Fresh off inking a new two-year contract extension, can Des Hasler inspire his Bulldogs side to back-to-back wins for the first time this season against the gritty Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium?
Hasler was under immense pressure heading into last week’s clash with the Broncos, with a board meeting scheduled just hours before kick-off discussing his future at the proud club.
However, with the Bulldogs grinding out a tough 10-7 win and with the board still holding out hope that Hasler can lure the likes of Kieran Foran and Cooper Cronk to the club in 2018, the under-fire coach was rewarded with a new two-year deal.
Many Bulldogs fans are in uproar over the decision, claiming the club are settling in for another two years of mediocrity, but what’s done and done, and now at least the club can move forward with a confirmed immediate future.
Canterbury’s effort and desire to play for their coach was noticeably more evident against the Broncos, but at the end of the day, they still only scored two tries and there’s no doubt that the wet conditions played into their style of play. If it were a clear night, Hasler might not be coach today. The fine margins in rugby league.
Which is why I’m giving the Knights a fantastic chance of pulling off victory on Friday night.
Newcastle – trying to bounce back from consecutive wooden spoons – have been competitive in all but one of their five games this season, and they head into this encounter following a spirited 19-18 loss to reigning premiers Cronulla Sharks away from home.
Apart from a blowout against the Panthers a fortnight ago, the Knights have been in with a chance of winning every game this season. They are showcasing outstanding energy, enthusiasm, intensity and determination – four traits that the Bulldogs have lacked over the better part of their last 10 games going back to last season.
I really think the Knights can out-enthuse Canterbury here. We can’t read too much into last week – it was more of an outlier result played in terrible conditions. We’ll see just how much the Bulldogs have seemingly changed in this game. If the Knights can replicate their energy from the first five rounds of the competition, they will be right in this clash down to the wire.
Newcastle Knights: 1. Brendan Elliott 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Jack Stockwell 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Jamie Buhrer 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Sam Stone 15. Anthony Tupou 16. Joe Wardle 17. Daniel Saifiti 18. Jaelen Feeney 19. Luke Yates 20. Jacob Gagan 21. Jacob Saifiti
Canterbury Bulldogs: 1. Brad Abbey 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 19. Craig Garvey 20. Matt Frawley 21. Francis Tualau 23. Reimis Smith