Thu, Mar 17, 9:39am by Kevin Pitstock
The Knights head into this match at the top of the NRL ladder after handing a down absolutely hammering the Panthers on Sunday in their own territory. The Cowboys were the surprise victors over the baby Broncos by 2 points, also away from home. This is the first and only clash between 2 winning sides this weekend, meaning that one could sit atop the table and the other will be somewhere in the middle. It has been tit for tat for the last 2 years over 4 occasions, both teams winning both times at home. Knights have a slight edge with 4 wins in the last 6 though.
Kurt Gidley (50/50)
The Cowboys turned in a decent performance against the Broncos, lets just say they did enough to take the 2 points on offer. They made some good metres, at the same time they had a lot of errors and a mountain of missed tackles. This week they are up against a much bigger and stronger side than what the Bronco’s fielded, they will need to buckle up in defence if they want to make it 2 in a row.
It looked more like a training drill between the opens and the under 20’s than a football match when the obliterated the Panthers in front of their supporters last week. Piling up the points they sit comfortably at the top of the ladder. This was a bit of a sweet and sour victory, with Neville Costigan suspected of a broken arm and out for at least 12 weeks, and Isaac De Gois suffering a broken thumb. Gidley has been cleared of any major injury to his back and is currently a 50/50 for Saturday night. The Knights don’t have a lot of depth in the backs and Gidley is critical to the Knights success. If he is playing then I have no doubt the Knights will make it 2 from 2.
The most notable difference between these 2 is the defence. The Cowboys more missed tackles than anyone else at the weekend with 51, and it will be much the same against the massive team the Knights are carrying. Plenty of points scored out wide in this clash, Knights will be able to win a definite 13+ with Gidley, without him they will still win by 7 or more.
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