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Despite over two months of the regular season still to run, this battle between the 15th-placed Knights and 16th-placed Tigers could determine who picks up the wooden spoon in 2017.
Newcastle, who have finished bottom of the ladder in the last two seasons, will be desperate to avoid a hat-trick of three straight spoons, and they do come into this showdown at home in superior form to that of the embattled joint venture outfit.
The Knights, while still languishing towards the bottom of the table, have improved a lot this season – but it’s been their second halves that have let them down. Of Newcastle’s 12 defeats in 2017, they have been leading eight at half-time – including last week’s 18-point advantage at the break against the Dragons.
Apart from a blowout loss away to competition leaders Melbourne, the Knights haven’t suffered a loss by more than 10 points since all the way back in Round 9 – highlighting their added competitiveness this season.
They are certainly in a better position than the Tigers, who even after appointing Ivan Cleary, have continued to struggle.
To be fair to Cleary, there’s not really much he can do with this playing group, with half of them either moving on to other clubs in 2017 or set to be released.
Nevertheless, the Tigers have lost their last seven games and really don’t look like winning anything at the moment. But, with the bye coming up next week, they can grab a valuable four points over the next fortnight if they can beat Newcastle – making Sunday’s showdown extra-important.
Jamie Buhrer and Joe Wardle return for the Knights on the bench, while former Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson could come back into the side after being named in the reserves. James Tedesco returns at fullback for the Tigers, pushing Malakai Watene-Zelezniak out the side.
Knights: 1. Nathan Ross 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Brendan Elliot 6. Brock Lamb 7. Jaelen Feeney 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh King 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett.
Interchange: 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Joe Wardle 16. Tyler Randell 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Sam Mataora 19. Sam Stone 20. Trent Hodkinson 21. Josh Starling.
Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Esan Marsters 4. Moses Suli 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Tuimoala Lolohea 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Ava Seumanafagai 11. Sauaso Sue 12. Kyle Lovett 13. Elijah Taylor.
Interchange: 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. JJ Felise 16. Michael Chee Kam 17. Matt McIlwrick 18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 19. Jack Littlejohn 20. Joel Edwards 21. Alex Twal.