The Newsroom previews Round 16 of the National Rugby League.
Newcastle Knights v St George Illawarra Dragons
The last-placed Knights will battle the Dragons at Hunter Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the Alex McKinnon Cup. After impressive outings in Origin two, Dane Gagai (Knights) and Tyson Frizell (Dragons) are expected to back up and play this weekend. The Knights will be boosted by the return of Nathan Ross, Robbie Rochow and Pete Mata’utia. Newcastle haven’t won a game since round six so a win in front of their home crowd would be a massive confidence booster. The Dragons are looking for their second consecutive win to secure a place in the top eight. Their star fullback Josh Dugan is likely to make his return from a shoulder injury.
Canterbury Bulldogs v Brisbane Broncos
In an expected blockbuster, the Bulldogs will take on the Broncos at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. All Origin players for both sides are expected to back up. Josh Morris has been named in the side but is still in doubt with a leg injury. Tony Williams will return to the bench for the Bulldogs following his stint in reserve grade. Broncos prop Sam Thaiday has a nervous wait before the judiciary to see if he will be charged for the lifting tackle against Paul Gallen in Origin two. Players to watch are Bulldogs skipper James Graham and Broncos forward Josh McGuire. Graham’s inspiration and his work ethic is vital to the Bulldogs outfit while McGuire is turning into one of the best props in the game.
Melbourne Storm v Wests Tigers
The Storm will take on the Tigers at AAMI park on Sunday afternoon. The Storm will be back to full strength with the return of Cameron Munster, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Blake Green and Matt White. Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah will back up after State of Origin for the Tigers with Farah starting off the bench. The Storm will look to make amends after their loss to the Dragons last week. Players to watch are Melbourne’s Munster and Tigers fullback James Tedesco. Munster is turning into the next Billy Slater, popping up everywhere with excellent position placement. Tedesco is looking for a Blues jersey and with another cracking game NSW coach Laurie Daley might consider him. – Jesse Mullens
Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs – Pepper Stadium, Friday night, 7:50pm
Cronulla Sharks v New Zealand Warriors – Southern Cross Group Stadium, Saturday night, 5:30pm
Gold Coast Titans v Canberra Raiders – Cbus Super Stadium, Sunday afternoon, 2pm
North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles – 1300SMILES Stadium, Monday night, 7pm
Photo of Trent Hodkinson high-fiving fans from the Newcastle Knights Facebook page.