NRL Previews - Panthers v Knights (Round 1)

13-03-2011 03:00PM at Centrebet Stadium Penrith

Referees: Ben Cummins and Tony De Las Heras
Touch Judges: Dan Eastwood and Luke Potter
Video Referee: Russell Smith

A lot to like about the Panthers at home on a Sunday, especially with the forward pack they have. Kevin Kingston is a favourite of this blog and will hook the scrum with one of the games most promising young front rowers in Tm Grant, and hooking his other arm over one of the greatest ever, Petero Civoniceva. This could be enough to give Luke Walsh and a healthy Lachlan Coote the space they need to score plenty for the home side.

These two clubs have a history of playing in high scoring matches, especially when conditions suit as they should this Sunday afternoon. For the Knights, not much has changed from last year; Chris Houston and Neville Costigan will toughen them up, but keep an eye on Beau Henry. The Knights five-eighth makes his first great debut after starring in the under 20s competition. His first experience in the NRL will be to listen to Travis Burns sledge him for 80 minutes. Enjoy.

My Tip: Panthers 36-26

The Teams

  Penrith Panthers    Newcastle Knights 
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N. Smith
M. Jennings
1. Lachlan Coote Fullback 1. Kurt Gidley
2. Michael Gordon Wing 2. James McManus
3. Brad Tighe Centre 3. Junior Sau
4. David Simmons Centre 4. Wes Naiqama
5. Sandor Earl Wing 5. Akuila Uate
6. Travis Burns Five Eighth 6. Beau Henry
7. Luke Walsh Halfback 7. Jarrod Mullen
8. Tim Grant Prop 8. Antonio Kaufusi
9. Kevin Kingston Hooker 9. Isaac De Gois
10. Petero Civoniceva Prop 10. Evarn Tuimavave
11. Trent Waterhouse Second Row 11. Zeb Taia
12. Nigel Plum Second Row 12. Neville Costigan
13. Luke Lewis Lock 13. Chris Houston
14. Sam McKendry Interchange 14. Matt Hilder
15. Matthew Bell Interchange 15. Cory Paterson
16. Adrian Purtell Interchange 16. Richard Fa'aoso
17. Masada Iosefa Interchange 17. Daniel Tolar
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M. Taufua

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 13 CUA Stadium Penrith Panthers 28-10
2010 NRL - Round 4 EnergyAustralia Stadium Penrith Panthers 34-30
2009 Round 26 EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Newcastle Knights 35-0
2008 Round 18 CUA Stadium Newcastle Knights 30-18
2007 Round 23 Energy Australia Stadium Penrith Panthers 46-12

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