Down on form and luck over the past two months, the last thing the Knights want to be doing is travelling to Auckland to face the Warriors this weekend.
Reynolds hoodoo broken, Coote and Tolman rise, and an NRL Fantasy favourite returns to his best. These are the key numbers and statistics that defined Round 11.
After a few days in Queensland Origin camp, NSW star Dane Gagai was brought back to earth with a thud in Newcastle's 31-18 loss to Brisbane.
From Wayne Bennett's successful return to Newcastle to the rise of the Broncos' lethal left edge, here are the key points from Brisbane's win over the Knights.
The Brisbane Broncos have embarrassed the Knights 31-18 in Newcastle thanks to an incredible second-half blitz, despite missing six players to Origin duty.
The Knights will be focused on containing the Baby Broncos and not former coach Wayne Bennett on his first trip back to the Hunter.
The Newcastle Knights have announced Mickey Paea will join them next season from English Super League club Hull FC.
Queensland's less than ideal State of Origin preparation has continued with star centres Greg Inglis and Justin Hodges no shows at training on Thursday.
Will the 'baby Broncos' step up, or will the Knights make the most of their opportunity against a Brisbane side missing its Origin stars?
Despite being charged by the NRL match review committee, Queensland captain Cameron Smith will be clear to take his place in Mal Meninga's side on May 27.