After looking good over the first two weeks, the Knights took a step back in losing to Wests Tigers at home in round three.
They stay at home for round four and welcome a Dragons side buoyed by back-to-back wins.
The absence of Jack Bird through suspension will hurt St George Illawarra, but if their forwards can match it with an imposing Knights pack the match is there to be won.
The winner could find themselves in the top four at the end of the round.
Knights v Dragons
Match: Knights v Dragons
Round 4 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Knights: Coach Adam O'Brien has again swapped lock Connor Watson and interchange forward Suaso Sue on match day but otherwise the final Newcastle squad is 1-17.
The final omissions from the Knights' match-day squad are Brodie Jones and Dominic Young.
Bradman Best (elbow), a late withdrawal last week, misses the side and is replaced in the centres by Gehamat Shibasaki, who shifts in from the wing. Starford To'a is the new winger.
Five-eighth Blake Green, making his way back from a knee injury, is on the team list for the first time this season. Green has been named on the interchange bench in jersey No.17.
Forward Jacob Saifiti (leg) has been named on the interchange after having failed to finish the loss to Wests Tigers.
Simi Sasagi and Pasami Saulo dropped off the reserves list 24 hours before kick-off.
Dragons: No late changes an hour before kickoff with the squad confirmed to run out 1-17. Kaide Ellis and Jordan Pereira are the match-day cuts.
Adam Clune is the replacement for skipper Ben Hunt who suffered an impact fracture to his fibula in the win over the Sea Eagles and is scheduled to return in round eight.
Brayden Wiliame has been promoted from the bench to replace suspended centre Jack Bird after scoring a late try off the bench in the romp over Manly.
Max Feagai and Eddie Blacker were the players omitted from the extended squad on Saturday.
Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex HoyFullback for Dragons is number 1 Matt Dufty
Winger for Knights is number 2 Starford To'aWinger for Dragons is number 2 Cody Ramsey
Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari TualaCentre for Dragons is number 3 Brayden Wiliame
Centre for Knights is number 4 Gehamat ShibasakiCentre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel HuntWinger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt MannFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell PearceHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Adam Clune
Prop for Knights is number 8 David KlemmerProp for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden BraileyHooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel SaifitiProp for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
Lock for Knights is number 14 Sauaso SueLock for Dragons is number 13 Tyrell Fuimaono
Interchange for Knights is number 13 Connor WatsonInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Poasa Faamausili
Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob SaifitiInterchange for Dragons is number 15 Trent Merrin
Interchange for Knights is number 16 Josh KingInterchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
Interchange for Knights is number 17 Blake GreenInterchange for Dragons is number 17 Jackson Ford
- Referee: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Jayden Brailey v Andrew McCullough: The Dragons have looked a much more composed team as McCullough has started to impose his style of play on the team.
As for Brailey, after missing most of 2020 through injury he has been one of the competition's best dummy-halves so far and his performances look set to improve as the season continues.
They didn't get the win, but the Knights' starting forwards finished with impressive run stats on Sunday. David Klemmer led the way with 193m. He was well supported by Daniel Saifiti (167m), Connor Watson (151m), Mitchell Barnett (142m) and Tyson Frizell (114m).
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