THE LONG HARD LOOK WITH MIKE WILSON
Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
Ausgrid Stadium, 2:00pm
Knights: Kurt Gidley (c), James McManus, Junior Sa’u, Adam MacDougall, Akuila Uate, Ryan Stig, Jarrod Mullen, Evarn Tuimavave, Isaac De Gois, Antonio Kaufusi, Chris Houston, Neville Costigan, Joel Edwards. Interchange (from): Matt Hilder, Richie Fa’aoso, Cameron Ciraldo, Zane Tetevano, Keith Lulia
Raiders: Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Daniel Vidot, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, Brett White, Alan Tongue (c), David Shillington, Josh Papalii, Bronson Harrison , Shaun Fensom. Interchange (from): Glen Buttriss, Josh Miller, Danny Galea, Dane Tilse, Joe Picker, Sam Mataora
Ausgrid Stadium will be packed to the brim with the Newcastle faithful cheering their side on this afternoon. They always make a big difference to their side. The Knights were ruthless last week scoring 34 points in the second half alone with the help of some classic right side attack through Adam MacDougall and Akuila Uate. The Raiders are going to have to mark their men well if they are to have any chance at victory.
The Raiders will only have themselves to look to for help. The Green Machine put in a valiant effort against the Warriors last week and really could have fought for victory if they had not of fallen away in the last 20 minutes. They have found some fight in recent weeks but Newcastle are desperate to maintain a spot in the top 8 and will come out firing. Knights…..just.
Mike’s Best Bet: None
Starting Bank: $2000, Current Bank $2484.59
(Team lists sourced from nrl.com.au)