NRL Match Previews - Newcastle v St George Illawarra (Round 4)

03-04-2011 02:00PM at Ausgrid Stadium

Referee: Ben Cummins and Tony De Las Heras
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Gavin West
Referee: Phil Cooley

Having been robbed of the chance to see future superstar Beau Henry saddle up against his old club, footy fans should tune in to see one of the great recent rivalries continue when Newcastle host their first home game of the season on Sunday afternoon at Ausgrid Stadium. A notoriously tough road trip for any club, the Knights home ground has undergone a facelift and will be unveiled against the reigning premiers.

As usual, their loyal supporters should turn out in numbers and the return of injured captain Kurt Gidley will only help their chances of an upset. Unfortunately for the Newcastle faithful, they need more than a chance to break through the best defensive team in the land. The Dragons stifle the home side's enthusiasm early and grind out another win but the highlight of this match, for the purists, will be the kicking display put on by Jarrod Mullen and Jamie Soward. Two of the best.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Jamie Soward
My Tip: St George Illawarra 23-16

The Teams

  Newcastle Knights               St George Illawarra Dragons 
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B. Rogers
B. Henry
C. Ciraldo
I. De Gois
N. Costigan
M. Taufua
1. Wes NaiqamaFullback1. Darius Boyd
2. James McManusWing2. Brett Morris
3. Junior SauCentre3. Mark Gasnier
4. Adam MacDougallCentre4. Matt Cooper
5. Akuila UateWing5. Jason Nightingale
6. Kurt GidleyFive Eighth6. Jamie Soward
7. Jarrod MullenHalfback7. Ben Hornby
8. Antonio KaufusiProp8. Dan Hunt
9. Matt HilderHooker9. Nathan Fien
10. Evarn TuimavaveProp10. David Gower
11. Zeb TaiaSecond Row11. Beau Scott
12. Chris HoustonSecond Row12. Ben Creagh
13. Joel EdwardsLock13. Matt Prior
14. Marvin KarawanaInterchange14. Michael Greenfield
15. Cory PatersonInterchange15. Jon Green
16. Richard Fa'aosoInterchange16. Trent Merrin
17. Daniel TolarInterchange17. Kyle Stanley
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D. Young
C. King
M. Weyman

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 25 EnergyAustralia Stadium St George Illawarra Dragons 26-18
2009 Round 6 Kogarah Jubilee Oval Newcastle Knights 24-18
2008 Round 17 EnergyAustralia Stadium St George Illawarra Dragons 24-16
2007 Round 21 Energy Australia Stadium St George Illawarra Dragons 20-4
2007 Round 2 Oki Jubilee Stadium Newcastle Knights 16-12

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