2018 NRL – Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 13th July, 10:55 (UK)

Where? McDonald Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Nine Network, 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?

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THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Nathan Brown

Starting 13: Meaney, Sio, S. Mata'utia, Denniss, Kenny-Dowall, Watson, Pearce, King, Levi, D. Saifiti, Barnett, Guerra, Ese’ese – Interchanges: Ross, Heighington, Buhrer, Lillyman – Reserves: Yates, Stone, Cogger, Felise

Unavailable: Tautau Moga, Jacob Saifiti, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Kalyn Ponga, Slade Griffin

  • Newcastle couldn’t cope with the loss of Kalyn Ponga as they were defeated by Canterbury. The star fullback left the field after just 15 minutes in what proved a costly blow as they were defeated 16-36.

  • Nick Meaney will debut at fullback in place of the injured Ponga in what is a huge blow for the Knights. Mitchell Pearce’s return from a pec injury is timely with Jack Cogger dropping to the reserves. Sam Stone drops out along with the injured Slade Griffin with Danny Levi and Daniel Saifiti coming into the side.

  • The Knights have lost six consecutive matches at home with them failing to win at McDonald Jones Stadium since Round 5.

EELS

Head Coach: Brad Arthur

Starting 13: Gutherson, French, M. Jennings, Hayne, G. Jennings, Norman, Moses, Alvaro, King, Vave, Niukore, Takairangi, Brown – Interchanges: Moeroa, Mannah, Gower, Terepo – Reserves: Evans, Auva’a, Evans, Salmon, Pritchard

Unavailable: Tony Williams, Reed Mahoney, Manu Ma’u, Will Smith

  • Parramatta found a new way to lose as they fell to a disappointing defeat against the NRL leaders St George. The Eels thought they had the game won but conceded two tries in the final seven minutes to throw away the lead which cost them the win in a 20-18 loss.

  • Brad Arthur makes just one change to the side that lost to the Dragons two weeks’ ago with Tepai Moeroa returning from suspension in place of Will Smith on the bench.

  • The loss against the Dragons was the Eels’ eighth defeat on the road this season with them still yet to win away from home.

THE PREDICTION

Parramatta looked all but certain to claim their first away win of the season last time out against St George but conceded two tries in the last seven minutes to succumb to yet another defeat on the road. A trip to Newcastle without star fullback Kalyn Ponga could now represent the Eels’ best chance to snap their streak. The Knights haven’t won at home since Round 5 with six consecutive losses, their latest defeat coming against Canterbury last time out. It remains to be seen how the Knights will cope without Ponga who is the leading contender for the Dally M but it’s hard to imagine that his loss will not be greatly felt with the Eels capitalising on his absence to claim the win.