NRL Live Newcastle Knights vs Brisbane Broncos Stream National Rugby League Round 11 match will be kick off at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia Monday 25 May 2015 online, 19.00 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
The shortened Round 11 wraps up with Newcastle hosting Brisbane in an intriguing affair. The Knights landed pretty well with Origin while the Broncos have again lost a host of players ensuring Newcastle go in the biggest favourites of the weekend.
Newcastle have lost just Beau Scott to Origin with Joseph Tapine replacing the veteran hardman. Brisbane have lost five players to Origin. Backs Darius Boyd and Justin Hodges have been replaced by Daniel Vidot and Dale Copley with Jordan Kahu moving to fullback. Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Matt Gillett and Josh McGuire absentees mean a virtually newlook pack. Jarrod Wallace starts at prop, David Stagg plays his first game of the year in the backrow, partnering Joe Ofahengaue, while Joe Boyce debuts off the bench.
Brisbane have won 29 of the 43 matches against Newcastle and have dominated the Knights over the last 10 seasons. The Broncos have won 11 of the last 15 played, winning 48-6 in their last meeting and recording 30-plus in six of those outings. The Knights have scored10 points or fewer in five of their last eight meetings against Brisbane. The Knights have not won any of the last four against the Broncos at Hunter Stadium with three losses of 13-plus. Knights fullback Dane Gagai is a former Bronco.
The Knights are now 10th on the ladder. They won their opening four games, lost their next five but held on for a close win over the Wests Tigers last Sunday. Their attack is a concerning 14th while their defence is an NRL-average eighth. The Knights have not surpassed 26 points this year. They are 3-3 at home this year. The Broncos have been sensational this year and sit third with a 7-3 record. Brisbane rate seventh in attack while they have the fourth best attack in the NRL. Brisbane have stumbled a little over the last month with two close wins and two close losses. The club is 2-3 on the road. Against non-eight teams Brisbane are 4-0 with an average win of 8.25 points.
Dane Gagai and Jordan Kahu are two centres playing fullback. Their performance will be central to this one. Gagai is a sublime talent but has been vulnerable under the high ball while Kahu really improved earlier in the year when given some time in the custodian role. Gagai is a game breaker but Kahu is more reliable. Which one triumphs will be really important here.
The Knights are 16-13 straight and ATS at home over the last three seasons with a 17-12 over record. Brisbane are 16-13 ATS as outsiders but have covered just three of their last 10. Over the last three seasons the Knights have covered five of six on Monday nights while the Broncos are 4-1 over on Mondays. The over is 7-4 after the Broncos have conceded 30 points. Brisbane have gone under in their last four interstate games.
The Knights have to win this one despite their horrid historical record against the Broncos and their clearly inferior standing. This is a first grade team against what is essentially a Queensland Cup team with Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford. Brisbane will show some pluck but Newcastle have too much class, particularly out wide. Tails will be up after last weekend and the two points is there for them again.
Newcastle Knights: 1 Dane Gagai 2 James McManus 3 Sione Mata’utia 4 Joey Leilua 5 Akuila Uate 6 Kurt Gidley 7 Tyrone Roberts 8 Kade Snowden 9 Tyler Randell 10 Dave Fa’alogo 11 Joseph Tapine 12 Tariq Sims 13 Jeremy Smith.
Interchange: 14 Chad Redman 15 Chris Houston 16 Korbin Sims 17 Jack Stockwell
Ins: Joseph Tapine
Outs: Beau Scott (NSW)
Other unavailables: Robbie Rochow (back, round 16), Jarrod Mullen (foot, indefinite)
Brisbane Broncos: 1 Jordan Kahu 2 Daniel Vidot 3 Jack Reed 4 Dale Copley 5 Lachlan Maranta 6 Anthony Milford 7 Ben HUnt 8 Jarrod Wallace 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Adam Blair 11 Alex Glenn 12 David Stagg 13 Joe Ofahengaue.
Interchange: 14 Joe Boyce 15 Francis Molo 16 Corey Oates 17 Kodi Nikorima
Ins: Daniel Vidot, David Stagg, Joe Ofahengaue, Joe Boyce, Dale Copley
Outs: Darius Boyd, Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett, Corey Parker (all Queesland)
Other unavailables: James Gavet (ACL, season), Elijah Alick (ACL, season)