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The Newcastle Knights will welcome back captain Ben Kennedy and outstanding NRL rookie, Craig Hall into their team to tackle premiership favourites, Sydney City Roosters this Saturday night at Aussie Stadium.
The Knights will enter the sudden death game as one of the form teams in the eight with five wins from the final six games of the premiership, including three from four without mercurial half, Andrew Johns.
Speaking today, new Captain Ben Kennedy said his charges would not lack confidence on Saturday night.
?The Roosters are deservedly everyone?s favourite for the premiership after last years success and a great season in ?03,? he said.
?In saying that, however, I couldn?t be much happier with the way we?ve prepared for this game over the last six weeks or so.?
?We?ve got plenty of blokes who have played in grand finals and State of Origin as well, so despite not being the bookie?s favourite, I wouldn?t be writing us off just yet.
?The other factor in our favour is the support we will receive during the finals series. Even away from home at Aussie Stadium, I would hope to rival the Roosters for fans,? he added.
?I would certainly ask all our supporters to rally behind the team now, because one fall from here and its goodnight.?
The Knights Team is :
Coach: Michael Hagan
Robbie O'Davis Craig Hall Matthew Gidley Adam MacDougall Anthony Quinn Sean Rudder Kurt Gidley Josh Perry Danny Buderus Matt Parsons Steve Simpson Daniel Abraham Ben Kennedy (c) Interchange
Matthew Jobson Adam Woolnough Reegan Tanner Luke Quigley Todd Lowrie