2019 NRL – Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Saturday 23rd March, 06:30

Where is Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers taking place? McDonald Jones Stadium

What channel is Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers?
Newcastle Knights – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500003

Penrith Panthers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500014

THE TEAM NEWS

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Nathan Brown

Starting 13: Watson, Lee, Hunt, Ramien, Kenny-Dowall, Ponga, Pearce, Klemmer, Levi, Gavet, Fitzgibbon, Mata’utia, Glasby – Interchanges: Mann, Guerra, Barnett, Ese’ese – Reserves: King, Buhrer, Lino, Jones

Unavailable: Slade Griffin, Tautau Moga, Nathan Ross, Jacob Saifiti, Mason Lino, Daniel Saifiti

  • Newcastle secured a late win as Edrick Lee's interception broke the deadlock as the Knights managed to see off Cronulla last week and will now look to begin the season with back-to-back home wins.

  • Daniel Saifiti is set to be out for between two and four weeks with multiple injuries with his spot on the bench taken by Herman Ese’ese in the only change to last week’s line-up for the Knights.

  • Mason Lino had been available to make his debut this week but has not been selected and will have to hope he can force his way in with his performance on the training pitch during next week.

PENRITH PANTHERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, Whare, Blake, D. Watene-Zelezniak, Maloney, Cleary, Tamou, Katoa, Campbell-Gillard, Fisher-Harris, Yeo, Sele – Interchanges: Egan, Winterstein, Leota, Hetherington – Reserves: Luai, Grant, Martin, M. Watene-Zelezniak

Unavailable: Viliame Kikau, Tyrone May, Sam McKendry, Tyrell Fuimaono

  • Penrith suffered a shock defeat in their first game of the season under the returning Ivan Cleary as last season’s wooden spoonists Parramatta were able to see off a late comeback and condemn the Panthers to a loss.

  • The Panthers thought they were set to have big problems in the back-row after Hame Sele suffered a suspected broken arm whilst Isaah Yeo copped a head knock but both have been cleared to play with Sele a relieved man to avoid serious injury.

  • Sione Katoa is back at hooker after he recovered from a concussion which sees Wayde Egan drop to the bench and Jarome Luai to 18th man whilst Frank Winterstein comes into the 17 for Tyrell Fuimaono.

THE PREDICTION

Newcastle got their season off to a great start as they won a close match with Cronulla and will now look to make it back-to-back home victories. They host a Penrith side that were shocked by Parramatta last week and displayed some worrying signs in their opening game. The Knights also have some things to work on but looked solid enough and on home soil, they can win again with the Panthers needing to show a lot more than they did last week to make it competitive.