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Starting 13: Wighton, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Austin, Soliola, Havili, Boyd, Papalii, Whitehead, Bateman – Interchanges: Sezer, Paulo, Lui, Gubb – Reserves: Garvey, Oldfield, Hunt, Murchie
Unavailable: Josh Hodgson, Joseph Tapine
Having raced into an 18-point lead after just 10 minutes, Canberra somehow managed to allow Gold Coast back into the game and ended up conceding a late try to lose their season opener 30-28.
Ricky Stuart has been forced into a change to his side with Joseph Tapine suffering a broken finger. Elliott Whitehead moves to the second row with Luke Bateman starting at lock.
Canberra were forced to make almost 100 tackles more than Gold Coast last week. The Raiders made 340 compared to the 243 that the Titans made. This number must be reduced against the Knights or else another defeat could be on the cards.
Head Coach: Nathan Brown
Starting 13: Ponga, Kenny-Dowall, S. Mata’utia, Moga, Ross, Watson, Pearce, Ese’ese, Griffin, Lillyman, Fitzgibbon, Guerra, Barnett – Interchanges: Lamb, Heighington, Buhrer, Saifiti – Reserves: Sio, Saifiti, Levi, Yates
Unavailable: Dylan Phythian
Newcastle’s new-look side began the season with a win after a thrilling golden point victory over Manly last weekend. Mitchell Pearce’s drop goal sealed a 19-18 win and give the Knights hope of a much improved season.
Nathan Brown has kept faith with the same 17 that claimed the win last week although Jamie Buhrer is a slight doubt and may be a late withdrawal.
The Knights completed at 87% last weekend with them getting to the end of 40 of their 46 sets. That kind of completion rate will help build pressure and a similar number in this game may help Newcastle begin the season with back-to-back wins.
Canberra host Newcastle in an important game for both teams. Canberra blew an 18-point lead against Gold Coast last week whilst Newcastle won a golden point thriller against Manly as the two sides began the season in contrasting fashion. The Raiders will need to improve on several aspects of their game and may find it difficult against a buoyant Knights side. This is a tough game to call and it could go either way but it may be worth siding with Newcastle who come into the game on a high.
He was cleared to return to the field in the 30-28 defeat on the Gold Coast, but has still had to pass a series of tests to be passed fit to face the Knights.
Croker had to re-do the test on Tuesday and then had his final assessment on Thursday, which he expected to be a “breeze”.
He also had to do a computer based “cog-state test”.
Having failed a few concussion tests in the past, the 27-year-old was happy to be allowed back on the field after Hurrell bowled him over.
He backed the introduction of the protocols at a time when concussion has become a sensitive topic for rugby league, with several players launching legal action because of the head knocks they received during their playing careers.
“For sure, it’s obviously to protect the player. At the time I’m sure every player’s the same – you feel like you’re alright and you don’t want to do all the stuff, but it’s obviously in the best interest of the player,” Croker said.
“It’s a pretty hard one because I’ve failed it a few times so I was pretty happy to pass that one. It’s a pretty light on sort of week after it, but that’s what the rules are and I think they’re pretty good rules to stick by.”