The Newcastle Knights and St George Illawarra Dragons will play for the inaugural Alex McKinnon Cup this Easter Saturday at Hunter Stadium.
Having served the final game of his five-match ban, the Knights are set to unleash key recruit Tariq Sims as the Dragons roll into Newcastle on Saturday.
The Knights are content with their undefeated start to the season, but are still chasing improvement following their Round 4 win over the Panthers.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary had no issues with Newcastle's pressure on Peter Wallace during his side's Round 4 loss to the Knights.
Is Kurt Gidley at his best at fullback? Are the Panthers lost without Jamie Soward? These are the key points to come from Newcastle's 26-14 win over Penrith.
The Newcastle Knights have jumped to outright first on the ladder following a 26-14 win over the Panthers at Hunter Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
They are two of the toughest second-row forwards in the NRL, and they are also two of 208 NRL players who are enrolled in university this year.
Newcastle Knights take on Penrith Panthers in a Grand Final rematch from last season, but Knights coach Matt Lantry says his team isn't looking for revenge.
Panthers weapon Jamal Idris has labelled Newcastle's centre pairing of Dane Gagai and Joey Leilua the best in the competitio
Coach Rick Stone says a calmness under pressure is the key to Newcastle's undefeated start to the NRL season.