Newcastle's unbeaten streak has ended but they remain nicely perched in fourth place heading into round six.
Adam O'Brien's men lost no admirers in a 26-12 loss to Melbourne in which they threatened to produce an almighty second-half comeback.
This round they're up against a Broncos side that showed character to narrowly lose to Manly in round five after being shellacked 59-0 by the Roosters the week prior.
Brisbane have lost one young gun but are set to regain some heavy artillery as they aim to get their season back on course.
New Knights hooker Andrew McCullough will face his former team for the first time after playing 260 matches for the Broncos.
Match: Knights v Broncos
Round 6 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast
Knights: Gehamat Shibasaki replaces Enari Tuala in the centres and Tim Glasby starts at lock, with Herman Ese'ese shifting to the bench. Lachlan Fitzgibbon returns from a hamstring injury in the second row, with Aidan Guerra moving to the bench and Brodie Jones out of the side. Pasami Saulo dropped off the extended bench on game day, while Phoenix Crossland and Starford Toa were cut from the squad 24 hours prior to kick-off. The Knights have won their past two games against the Broncos.
Broncos: New recruit Issac Luke comes into the game-day 17 for his club debut. Kotoni Staggs has been sidelined after suffering a hamstring injury at training on Sunday. Corey Oates goes back to the wing, Herbie Farnworth moves to centre to cover Staggs, Alex Glenn and Tevita Pangai jnr return in the second row and Joe Ofahengaue moves to the bench, with Rhys Kennedy out of the 17. Kennedy and Jamil Hopoate were omitted from the squad on Thursday night while Tesi Niu and Tom Dearden dropped out of the game-day squad. The Broncos have not scored after half-time in their past three games.
Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn PongaFullback for Broncos is number 1 Jamayne Isaako
Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick LeeWinger for Broncos is number 2 Xavier Coates
Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman BestCentre for Broncos is number 3 Herbie Farnworth
Centre for Knights is number 18 Gehamat ShibasakiCentre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel HuntWinger for Broncos is number 5 Corey Oates
Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt MannFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell PearceHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft
Prop for Knights is number 8 David KlemmerProp for Broncos is number 8 Matthew Lodge
Hooker for Knights is number 9 Andrew McCulloughHooker for Broncos is number 18 Issac Luke
Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel SaifitiProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Alex Glenn
2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Sione Mata'utia2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Tevita Pangai Junior
Lock for Knights is number 16 Tim GlasbyLock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
Interchange for Knights is number 13 Herman Ese'eseInterchange for Broncos is number 9 Cory Paix
Interchange for Knights is number 14 Tex HoyInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Ben Te'o
Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob SaifitiInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Knights is number 17 Aidan GuerraInterchange for Broncos is number 17 Thomas Flegler
Mitchell Pearce has got Newcastle humming, using his vast game-management experience to pull the strings. The opposite halfback, Brodie Croft, has shown glimpses of his best but may have been a tad disappointed last week as the Broncos didn't capitalise on an 18-point lead.