Match Preview: Knights v Eels, Round Seven

The Parramatta Eels take on the Newcastle Knights in round seven of the NRL Telstra Premiership at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday 28 April.

Coming off a 51-6 victory over the Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium last week, Blue & Gold Head Coach Brad Arthur has made just the one change to that line up with winger Blake Ferguson named in the seventeen shifting Josh Hoffman back to the extended bench.

Manu Ma’u and George Jennings have been named on the extended bench along side Hoffman and prop Kane Evans.

For the opposition, Knights Head Coach Nathan Brown has stuck with the same seventeen that suffered a 38-14 defeat to the Gold Coast Titans last week.

Kalyn Ponga is at fullback with Connor Watson and Mitch Pearce in the halves and Danny Levi at hooker forming their spine.

The fullback had his best performance of the year since returning to the number one jersey last week, with 234 running metres, three line breaks and seven tackle breaks.

David Klemmer partners James Gavet in their front row with Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Mitch Barnett and Tim Glasby the back rowers and lock.

Historically, the Knights hold a slight head to head advantage with 29 wins from 51 clashes.

With just eight wins from 27 games at McDonald Jones Stadium, the Blue & Gold haven’t won in Newcastle since 2016.

The clash poses an interesting contest with the Blue & Gold looking to back up last week’s performance an emotion boosted victory over the Wests Tigers at the first NRL game at Bankwest Stadium whilst the Knights will be looking to improve on their 1-5 record to start the year and avoid their sixth straight loss.

Under pressure, the Knights will be looking to secure the two points in what will be their traditional Old Boy’s Day on Sunday afternoon.

The halves battle between Mitch Moses and Mitch Pearce will go a long way in determining the outcome of this clash. Moses has been in superb form in 2019 whilst Pearce has struggled to find the form that made him one of the top halfbacks.

Kick off is at 4:05pm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Hymel Hunt
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Michael Jennings
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Brad Takairangi
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Connor Watson
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jaeman Salmon
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
    Prop for Eels is number 14 Peni Terepo
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Knights is number 16 Daniel Saifiti
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
    2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Marata Niukore
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Tim Glasby
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Tepai Moeroa

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 10 James Gavet
    Interchange for Eels is number 15 Tim Mannah
  • Interchange for Knights is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon Kaufusi
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Josh King
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ray Stone
  • Interchange for Knights is number 20 Sione Mata'utia
    Interchange for Eels is number 18 Manu Ma'u