NRL Match Previews - Newcastle v Canterbury (Round 22)

08-08-2010 02:00PM at EnergyAustralia Stadium

Referee: Gavin Badger and Ashley Klein
Touch Judges: Russell Turner and Adam Devcich
Referee: Phil Cooley

Does the phrase, "still a mathematical chance" mean anything to the Dogs and the Knights? It should. These two clubs have not been written off by their fans for season 2010 just yet. The Knights destroyed the heavily favoured Sea Eagles last Monday night to keep their season alive. The Bulldogs also handed out a bashing to South Sydney last week but both the Dogs' and Knights' victories smelled like 'too little - too late'.  

Newcastle should use their home ground advantage to bury the Bulldogs and keep their semi final hopes alive, especially if Jarrod Mullen and Kurt Gidley can combine well in the halves again. They will. Mullen's kicking game was superb last week and if repeated, will starve the Dogs of field position and give his side every opportunity to use their weapon of mass destruction - Akuila Uate. Jamal Idris moves back to the centres to face Junior Sau in a battle of brute force. 

My Man of the Match Prediction: Kurt Gidley
My Tip: Newcastle 28-24

The Teams

  Newcastle Knights               Canterbury Bulldogs 
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C. Paterson
M. Karawana
E. Tuimavave
S. Simpson
K. Lulia
J. McManus
B. Rogers
1. Shannon McDonnellFullback1. Luke Patten
2. Akuila UateWing2. Steve Turner
3. Junior SauCentre3. Josh Morris
4. Adam MacDougallCentre4. Jamal Idris
5. Cooper VunaWing5. Bryson Goodwin
6. Jarrod MullenFive Eighth6. Ben Barba
7. Kurt GidleyHalfback7. Brett Kimmorley
8. Ben CrossProp8. Ben Hannant
9. Isaac De GoisHooker9. Michael Ennis
10. Daniel TolarProp10. Ryan Tandy
11. Zeb TaiaSecond Row11. Michael Hodgson
12. Con MikaSecond Row12. Andrew Ryan
13. Matt HilderLock13. David Stagg
14. Wes NaiqamaInterchange14. Mickey Paea
15. Joel EdwardsInterchange15. Dene Halatau
16. Richard Fa'aosoInterchange16. Chris Armit
17. Antonio KaufusiInterchange17. Ben Roberts
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T. Winitana
J. Romelo
C. Payne
J. Foster

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 1 ANZ Stadium Newcastle Knights 20-16
2009 Finals - Week 1 ANZ Stadium, Homebush Canterbury Bulldogs 26-12
2009 Round 12 EnergyAustralia Stadium Newcastle Knights 22-14
2008 Round 13 ANZ Stadium Newcastle Knights 22-12
2007 Round 8 Telstra Stadium Canterbury Bulldogs 30-16

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters - Courtesy of

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