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Excitement is in the air as a stack of new recruits have their first run in new colours, with Newcastle prop David Klemmer and Sharks playmaker Shaun Johnson headlining the list for both clubs.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS VS CRONULLA SHARKS – LIVE BLOG
5.15pm: Both teams will line up 1-17 with no changes to their team lists.
5.12pm: NRL chief execuitve Todd Greenberg has announced both of Friday night’s game will do a minute’s silence in tribute of the Christchurch shooting victims.
3.08pm: Sharks rookies Blayke Brailey and Briton Nikora will make their NRL debuts tonight.
3.07pm: One of, if not their best forwards last year, Knights gun Herman Ese’ese will start the season in reserve grade at lock.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS V CRONULLA SHARKS – PREVIEW
Fresh faces are abundant throughout both Newcastle and Cronulla as the opposing new-look spines face their first test. In their trial last week, it was Shaun Johnson and Matt Moylan who ran riot, leading the away team to a compelling 30-6 victory.
Knights superstar Kalyn Ponga went missing in action and is preparing for an even bigger challenge with Sharks halfback Chad Townsend declaring the Dally M favourite would be targeted heavily in defence. Defence was Newcastle’s kryptonite last season, ranked 15th in the league, with the leadership group reacting by setting themselves a goal to become a top five defensive team this year.
The Novocastrians’ record is ugly against Cronulla, losing their last eight games. However, the Sharks are historically slow starters, only winning one of their last nine season openers.
The bookmakers can barely split the sides as the Knights hit favouritism late on Firday afternoon at $1.83 odds, with Cronulla going out to $2.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS TEAM LIST
NOTES: Newcastle are expected to line up 1-17.
CRONULLA SHARKS TEAM LIST
NOTES: Blayke Brailey has passed a fitness test after recovering from a thumb injury suffered in the trials. Scott Sorenson is expected to join the 17 in place of Jack Williams.