Sunday’s first NRL Round 10 match is between Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the game to be played at Hunter Stadium. The away team Cronulla Sharks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks.
When: 14:05 | Sunday 15/05/2016
Where: Hunter Stadium
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.28
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Sosaia Feki at $10.00
Knights: 1 Dane Gagai 2 Nathan Ross 3 Sione Mata’utia 4 Pat Mata’utia 5 Akuila Uate 6 Brock Lamb 7 Trent Hodkinson (c) 8 Sam Mataora 9 Danny Levi 10 Daniel Saifiti 11 Tariq Sims (c) 12 Jacob Saifiti 13 Jeremy Smith (c) Interchange: 14 Tyler Randell 15 Korbin Sims 16 Jack Stockwell 17 Mickey Paea 18 Pauli Pauli.
Sharks: 1 Ben Barba 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Jack Bird 4 Gerard Beale 5 Valentine Holmes 6 James Maloney 7 Chad Townsend 8 Andrew Fifita 9 Michael Ennis 10 Sam Tagataese 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen. Interchange: 14 Ricky Leutele 15 Chris Heighington 16 Matt Prior 17 Joseph Paulo 23 David Fifita.
Newcastle’s toughest opponents this NRL season have been themselves, according to star halfback Trent Hodkinson.
In coach Nathan Brown’s first year in the Hunter, the Knights are anchored to the bottom of the NRL ladder with just one win from the opening nine rounds.
Their cause has been further hampered by a hamstring injury to five-eighth Jarrod Mullen, who is expected to miss up to 12 weeks of football.
Like most of his teammates, incumbent NSW halfback Hodkinson has struggled for form this year.
“It’s been a little bit inconsistent and we are making it very hard on ourselves to win games,” the Knights co-captain said at training on Tuesday.
“There were a couple of games where we should of won but we didn’t.
“It’s not where we want it to be at the moment and there’s plenty of room for improvement.
“We are killing ourselves, that’s probably the overview at the moment.”
Hodkinson will continue his new scrumbase partnership with rookie Brock Lamb for Sunday’s round 10 match against Cronulla at Hunter Stadium.
“It’s good to see Lamb get a crack. He has had a great pre-season and is such a mature young kid,” Hodkinson said.
“Being without Jarrod for quite some time now, we’ll have to find that combination and hopefully that will improve each week.”
Hodkinson has two more games to press his claims for the NSW No.7 jersey before coach Laurie Daley names his side for State of Origin I on May 23.
Adam Reynolds could usurp Hodkinson as the Blues No.7.
“I haven’t thought about it too much,” Hodkinson said.
“I want to get things right at Newcastle first and that’s where my focus is.
“I want to get my game right here and start winning games and that will look after itself.
“I need to improve and know I can improve moving forward for Newcastle.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change