The VB NSW Cup Preliminary Finals kicks off with a tantalizing clash when the Newcastle Knights take on the Balmain-Ryde Eastwood Tigers at Leichhardt Oval this Sunday.
The Newcastle Knights, who have been one of the form teams of the competition in the later half of the year, take on the giant killers, the Tigers who have already knocked off the Windsor Wolves (5th) and Wentworthville Magpies (4th) after only just scrapping into the Finals Series.
Heading into the game, the Knights are set to name a near full strength squad with only Peter Mata’utia, Kyle O’Donnell, Siuatonga Likiliki and Marvin Filipo on the injury list. The Tigers will continue to stick with a similar squad to what has already delivered for them this Finals Series, with Humble and Waters to again combine in the halves, and give the Wests Tigers feeder a strong platform for attack.
Josh Davis will come into the match for the Tigers for the injured Jy Hitchcox.
The winner of the clash will progress to the 2012 VB NSW Cup Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday September 30.
Newcastle Knights v Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers
Sunday, September 23 – 1:00pm
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Kevin Naiqama, Josh Mantellato, Junior Sa’u, Wes Naiqama, Nathan Ross, Ethan Cook, Adrian Davis, Evarn Tuimavave, Chris Adams, Shaun Boss, Robbie Rochow, Zane Tetevano, Warren Schillings; Interchange: Mitch Williams, Alex Moore, Sam Anderson, Adam Withyman, Daniel Abraham, Dylan Smith
Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers:
Sean Meaney, Jake Clarke, Josh Davis, Tim Simona, Gus Agia, Tom Humble, Nathan Waters, Junior Moors, Masada Iosefa, Ray Cashmere, Jarrod Farlow, David Harris, Rhys Curren; Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Alipate Noilea, Pat Politoni, Dane Chisholm