2018 NRL – Newcastle Knights vs Gold Coast Titans Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 21st July, 06:00 (UK)

Where? McDonald Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Newcastle Knights vs Gold Coast Titans will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available?
http://www1.ticketmaster.com.au/newcastle-knights-v-gold-coast-titans-newcastle-new-south-wales-21-07-2018/event/1300543DC60A832F?artistid=1109827&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=695&tm_link=venue_msg-0_1300543DC60A832F

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Nathan Brown

Starting 13: Meaney, Sio, Denniss, Kenny-Dowall, Ross, Watson, Pearce, King, Levi, D. Saifiti, Guerra, Barnett, Ese’ese – Interchanges: Buhrer, Heighington, Fitzgibbon, Lillyman – Reserves: Naden, Felise

Unavailable: Tautau Moga, Jacob Saifiti, Kalyn Ponga, Slade Griffin, Sione Mata'utia

  • Newcastle came out on top of a nervy encounter against Parramatta. Ken Sio’s 59th minute penalty was the difference between the two sides with the Knights keeping the Eels scoreless in the final quarter to hold on for an 18-16 win.

  • Lachlan Fitzgibbon is back from a ban so comes onto the bench. Nathan Ross starts with Sione Mata'utia out with concussion.

  • The win against the Eels was the Knights’ first win in four matches which was just their third home win from nine games this season.

TITANS

Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Hurrell, Lee, Sami, Brimson, Taylor, Wallace, Peats, James, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Rein, Fotuaika, Stockwell, Matthews – Reserves: Latu, Elliot

Unavailable: Kyle Flanagan, Max King, Bryce Cartwright, Dale Copley

  • Despite facing a severely weakened Sydney Roosters side, Gold Coast were unable to claim the points. The Titans were pretty poor throughout and never really looked like winning despite only losing 12-20.

  • Jai Arrow and Keegan Hipgrave are back in the side after missing last week. Leilani Latu is surprisingly left out after a strong showing against the Roosters whilst Jai Whitbread also makes way.

  • The Titans have scored 30 or more points in each of their last two fixtures on the road and will be hoping to bounce back from two disappointing displays in a row by repeating that feat again.

THE PREDICTION

Newcastle will still believe that they can mount a late run towards the play-offs but in reality they have little to play for other than building towards next season. The same can be said of the Titans who look set to miss out on the play-offs once again. That might allow both teams to play with some freedom but the quality on show might restrict that. Both teams have lacked consistency this year but Knights have at least shown some improvements after several terrible years. With Mitchell Pearce back in the side, he guided the Knights to a first win in four last week and he could be the difference here with Newcastle able to edge this one.