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Preview: Sharks v Raiders

Having broken through the 50-point barrier for the first time in the post-Andrew Johns era, the Knights should be ready to cut loose again this Sunday when they challenge the Raiders.
Preview: Sharks v Raiders
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Having broken through the 50-point barrier for the first time in the post-Andrew Johns era, the Knights should be ready to cut loose again this Sunday when they challenge the Raiders.

Canberra have a poor record in Newcastle, winning just one of their last nine matches and they could struggle to contain the Knights' potent right-side attacking combination of Adam MacDougall and Akuila Uate.

The Fijian flyer claimed a hat-trick against the Titans last Sunday while MacDougall scored one and laid on another. The Raiders' defence on the left side of the field has been especially vulnerable this season and there is little doubt that the Knights will aim much of their play in that direction.

The win over the Titans helped Newcastle to boost their for and against differential and that is expected to be a consideration again this week.

The Raiders struggled to contain the kicking game of Warriors halves James Maloney and Shaun Johnson last Sunday and can expect another difficult afternoon defusing kicks from Jarrod Mullen and Kurt Gidley.

Look for a Knights try as First Scoring Play and a Newcastle win by 13+ points.

Best options for First Tryscorer are Akuila Uate, James McManus and Junior Sa'u for the Knights or Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson or Joel Thompson for the Raiders.

Newcastle v Canberra
Ausgrid Stadium
Sunday 2pm


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).

Canberra Raiders
1 Josh Dugan, 2 Blake Ferguson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Joel Thompson, 5 Daniel Vidot, 6 Josh McCrone, 7 Sam Williams, 8 Brett White, 9 Alan Tongue [c], 10 David Shillington, 11 Josh Papalii , 12 Bronson Harrison , 13 Shaun Fensom. Subs: 14 Glen Buttriss, 15 Josh Miller, 16 Danny Galea, 17 Dane Tilse, 18 Joe Picker, 20 Sam Mataora (two to be omitted).

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Knights by 18

OVERALL:
Total Games: 34
Newcastle Knights wins: 14. [Pts: 755]
Canberra Raiders wins: 19. [Pts: 820]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
Newcastle Knights: 46 pts: 2002 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sun Apr 7: Knights 52 d. Raiders 6 [Crowd: 17256]
Canberra Raiders: 36 pts: 1994 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 18 - [View] Fri Jul 29: Knights 16 l. Raiders 52 [Crowd: 22945]

Biggest Crowd: 1992 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Round 22 - [View] Sun Aug 30: Knights 22 d. Raiders 11 [Crowd: 23617]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Newcastle Knights: LWLLLWWLLLLLDWLWWWLLLWLLWWLWWLWLLW
Canberra Raiders: WLWWWLLWWWWWDLWLLLWWWLWWLLWLLWLWWL

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 12 l. Newcastle Knights 22 [Crowd: 11879]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 52 d. Newcastle Knights 18 [Crowd: 9459]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 25 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 30 d. Newcastle Knights 14 [Crowd: 9400]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 23 d. Canberra Raiders 4 [Crowd: 15355]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 38 d. Newcastle Knights 18 [Crowd: 12206]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 30 d. Canberra Raiders 14 [Crowd: 17233]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Mon: Newcastle Knights 22 d. Canberra Raiders 18 [Crowd: 11349]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 3 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 48 d. Newcastle Knights 18 [Crowd: 13109]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sat: Knights 22 d. Raiders 12 [Crowd: 18236]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sun: Raiders 32 l. Knights 70 [Crowd: 11606]

Overall record at Ausgrid Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle (NSW) Stats:
Newcastle Knights: 278 games, won 173, drawn 6, lost 99.
Last 5 games:
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
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 15 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 16 d. Penrith Panthers 12
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 12 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 8 d. Parramatta Eels 6

Canberra Raiders: 16 games, won 5, drawn 0, lost 11.
Last 5 games:
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 23 d. Canberra Raiders 4
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 30 d. Canberra Raiders 14
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Mon: Newcastle Knights 22 d. Canberra Raiders 18
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sat: Knights 22 d. Raiders 12
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: Knights 10 l. Raiders 14

Head to Head at Ausgrid Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle (NSW) Stats:
Total Games: 15
Newcastle Knights wins: 11. [Pts: 379]
Canberra Raiders wins: 4. [Pts: 245]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 18 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 23 d. Canberra Raiders 4 [Crowd: 15355]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Newcastle Knights 30 d. Canberra Raiders 14 [Crowd: 17233]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 14 - [View] Mon: Newcastle Knights 22 d. Canberra Raiders 18 [Crowd: 11349]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 11 - [View] Sat: Knights 22 d. Raiders 12 [Crowd: 18236]
2005 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sun: Knights 10 l. Raiders 14 [Crowd: 15868]

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