Sharks in Newcastle for Sunday afternoon blockbuster

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Craig Fitzgibbon’s men are coming off a convincing 32-12 win over a Cowboys outfit fighting for a top eight berth in Townsville.

The Knights ran away with a decisive 29-10 win over the Rabbitohs in Newcastle to notch their first seven-game winning streak in over two decades.

Fitzgibbon has named the same 17 that took care of business against the Cowboys with Oregon Kaufusi named among the reserves as he eyes a return from a finger issue.


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For the Knights, Jackson Hastings has been named to return from an ankle complaint at halfback with Adam Clune dropping back to the reserves.

These two sides last met in Coffs Harbour earlier in the year with the Sharks coming away with a 26-6 victory.

The Sharks have won 11 of their past 15 against Newcastle but just one of their past four at McDonald Jones Stadium.


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Cronulla are currently sitting fifth on the competition ladder having won three games in a row.

The Knights are sitting seventh but are only one competition point behind with a win on Sunday going a long way towards securing a home qualifying final.

The Sharks will be back in the Shire for a Round 27 clash against the Raiders in what shapes as another key encounter.

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The Knights, meanwhile, finish their season against the 16th-place Dragons in Kogarah.

The hosts enter the contest as slight favourites with bookmakers expecting their hot run of form to continue into the finals.


Game & Team Details

Kick-off: Sunday 27 August (4:05pm), McDonald Jones Stadium

Sharks squad: 1. Tracey; 2. Katoa; 3. Ramien; 4. Talakai; 5. Mulitalo; 6. Trindall; 7. Hynes; 8. Rudolf; 9. Brailey; 10. Hamlin-Uele; 11. Nikora; 12. Graham (c); 13. McInnes; 14. Williams; 15. Hunt; 16. Hazelton; 17. Moylan; 18. Colquhoun; 19. Hiroti; 20. Kaufusi; 21. Iro; 22. Berrell

Knights squad: 1. Ponga (c); 2. Young; 3. Gagai; 4. Best; 5. Marzhew; 6. Gamble; 7. Hastings; 8. J Saifiti; 9. Crossland; 10. Thompson; 11. Frizell; 12. Fitzgibbon; 13. Elliott; 14. Mann; 15. D Saifiti; 16. Hetherington; 17. Croker; 18. Lucas; 19. Tuala; 20. Clune; 21. Jones; 22. Brown


 

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