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Preview: Knights v Broncos

Newcastle can effectively guarantee their place in this year's finals series if they are good enough to get on top of the Broncos on Monday night.
Preview: Knights v Broncos
by NRL

Newcastle can effectively guarantee their place in this year's finals series if they are good enough to get on top of the Broncos on Monday night.

A win will take the Knights to 30 competition points and should ensure that they can't be caught by Canterbury or Souths, the two teams they will oppose in Rounds 25 and 26.

At present, the Knights have a superior for and against differential compared to both chasing teams and as long as they improve their standing with victory on Monday night, they should not be run down.

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has decided not to risk winger Jharal Yow Yeh (ankle) and prop Ben Hannant (hip) and has left them both out of this week's team.

Brisbane seem assured of a top four finish regardless of Monday night's result, although they do face challenging matches against Souths and Manly in the final two rounds.

The Knights have valuable utility Matt Hilder back from injury this week.

Consider a penalty goal to either side as First Scoring Play but stick with the Broncos to win by a 1-12 margin.

First Tryscoring candidates include Akuila Uate, Adam MacDougall and James McManus for the Knights or Justin Hodges, Josh Hoffman or Jack Reed for the Broncos.

Newcastle v Brisbane
Ausgrid Stadium
Monday night 7pm


Newcastle Knights
1 Kurt Gidley [c], 2 James McManus, 3 Junior Sa'u, 4 Adam MacDougall, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Ryan Stig, 7 Jarrod Mullen, 8 Evarn Tuimavave, 9 Isaac De Gois, 10 Antonio Kaufusi, 11 Chris Houston, 12 Neville Costigan, 13 Joel Edwards. Subs: 14 Matt Hilder, 15 Richie Fa'aoso, 16 Cameron Ciraldo, 17 Zane Tetevano, 18 Keith Lulia (one to be omitted).

Brisbane Broncos
1 Josh Hoffman, 2 Gerard Beale, 3 Jack Reed, 4 Justin Hodges, 5 Dale Copley, 6 Darren Lockyer [c], 7 Peter Wallace, 8 Josh McGuire, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Scott Anderson, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Sam Thaiday, 13 Corey Parker. Subs: 14 Matt Gillett, 15 Ben Hunt, 16 Ben Te'o, 17 David Hala.

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Knights by 8

OVERALL:
Total Games: 36
Newcastle Knights wins: 12. [Pts: 605]
Brisbane Broncos wins: 24. [Pts: 868]
Draws: 0

Biggest wins:
Newcastle Knights: 44 pts: 2001 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Fri Jul 6: Knights 44 d. Broncos 0 [Crowd: 22834]
Brisbane Broncos: 65 pts: 2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 71 d. Newcastle Knights 6 [Crowd: 27433]

Biggest Crowd: 2003 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sun Jun 1: Broncos 22 l. Knights 32 [Crowd: 46337]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Newcastle Knights: LLLLLLLLLLWWLLWLLWLWLWWWLLWLLLLLWWWL
Brisbane Broncos: WWWWWWWWWWLLWWLWWLWLWLLLWWLWWWWWLLLW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Mon: Brisbane Broncos 17 d. Newcastle Knights 6
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Fri: Newcastle Knights 44 d. Brisbane Broncos 18 [Crowd: 16668]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 22 l. Newcastle Knights 30 [Crowd: 25178]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 28 d. Brisbane Broncos 12 [Crowd: 18154]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 26 - [View] Fri: Brisbane Broncos 24 d. Newcastle Knights 2 [Crowd: 37552]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 22 l. Brisbane Broncos 34 [Crowd: 21614]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sun: Brisbane Broncos 71 d. Newcastle Knights 6 [Crowd: 27433]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 16 l. Brisbane Broncos 20 [Crowd: 25524]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week Two - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 6 l. Brisbane Broncos 50 [Crowd: 22081]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Sun: Knights 32 d. Broncos 30 [Crowd: 21252]

Overall record at Ausgrid Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle (NSW) Stats:
Newcastle Knights: 280 games, won 175, drawn 6, lost 99.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 40 d. Canberra Raiders 8
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 21 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 50 d. Gold Coast Titans 20
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 10 l. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 32
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Mon: Newcastle Knights 12 l. North Queensland Cowboys 22
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 18 d. Sydney Roosters 10

Brisbane Broncos: 20 games, won 11, drawn 0, lost 9.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Fri: Newcastle Knights 44 d. Brisbane Broncos 18
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 28 d. Brisbane Broncos 12
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 22 l. Brisbane Broncos 34
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 16 l. Brisbane Broncos 20
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Sun: Knights 32 d. Broncos 30

Head to Head at Ausgrid Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 20
Newcastle Knights wins: 9. [Pts: 411]
Brisbane Broncos wins: 11. [Pts: 395]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 24 - [View] Fri: Newcastle Knights 44 d. Brisbane Broncos 18 [Crowd: 16668]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 28 d. Brisbane Broncos 12 [Crowd: 18154]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 22 l. Brisbane Broncos 34 [Crowd: 21614]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 6 - [View] Sun: Newcastle Knights 16 l. Brisbane Broncos 20 [Crowd: 25524]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 9 - [View] Sun: Knights 32 d. Broncos 30 [Crowd: 21252]

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