Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos NRL live stream: Broncos set for another big win over Knights
Brisbane Broncos look to pile more misery on the embattled Newcastle Knights as the two sides do battle on Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium in NRL Round 19 action.
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Wayne Bennett returns to Newcastle to face the club that are still attempting to recover from his up-and-down three-year stint in the Hunter.
Newcastle were left in financial turmoil and have been forced into blooding their next generation of players well ahead of time, with most of the blame directed towards Bennett and the state he left the club in so he could plot an immediate return to the Broncos.
It’s safe to say the Knights haven’t recovered since, with the club picking up consecutive wooden spoons and never looking likely to consistently challenge most other sides in the competition.
But that could provide Newcastle with the spark and intensity needed to ambush Brisbane on Saturday - none more so than electric winger Nathan Ross, who was told he would never be a first grade player while Bennett was at Newcastle.
However, on the flip side, the Knights have a dismal record against the Broncos and have experienced a disappointing last few weeks, putting in their worst performance of the season to lose at home against fellow battlers the Tigers, while they suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Bulldogs at Belmore last week.
Brisbane have their own reasons to fire on Saturday - a big win could see them jump into the top four, with the Broncos currently trailing fourth-placed Manly by 19 in points differential.
And really, all bad blood aside, this should be a comfortable victory for the Broncos, who have remained solid all season and haven’t really lost to those below them. It would take a miracle performance from the Knights to prevail so back the Broncos home by a big margin.Back to Top
Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos Stats
Broncos won nine of last 11 meetings between the sidesBrisbane’s last five wins over Newcastle have been by an average margin 41 pointsBroncos beat Knights 53-0 last yearBack to Top
Newcastle Knights v Brisbane Broncos Team Lists
With Corey Oates (infection), David Mead (knee) and Herman Ese'ese (knee) all in the Broncos casualty ward, Jamayne Isaako starts on the wing while Ben Hunt, Matt Gillett and Josh McGuire are named to back up from Origin.
Dane Gagai should back up from Origin for the Knights, returning at centre as Mickey Paea drops back to the reserves.
Knights team: 1. Nathan Ross 2. Chanel Mata’utia 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Brendan Elliott 6. Brock Lamb 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh King 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Luke Yates 16. Joe Wardle 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Sam Stone 19. Jacob Gagan 20. Tyler Randell 21. Mickey Paea
Broncos team: 1. Jordan Kahu 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Benji Marshall 7. Ben Hunt 8. Korbin Sims 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Sam Thaiday 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh Mcguire 14. Alex Glenn 15. Tevita Pangai 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Kodi Nikorima 18. Salesi Funaki 19. Jai Arrow 20. Jaydn Su’a 21. Anthony Milford
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