Star Newcastle front-rower Daniel Saifiti has been ruled out late from the Melbourne clash in a giant blow to the Knights’ victory chances.
Saifiti suffered damage to his rib cartilage in the Knights’ most recent outing, a 38-0 win over the Cowboys in Round 16, which rubbed him out of State of Origin III.
And he’s now set to miss the Knights’ game against the Storm on the Gold Coast, in which Newcastle will be shooting for three wins in succession.
Prop David Klemmer has shifted from the bench to the starting side to replace Saifiti and back-rower Jack Johns has been drafted onto the bench.
1. Nicholas Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 19. Dean Ieremia 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aaron Booth 16. Chris Lewis 17. Aaron Pene 22. Jordan Grant 18. Isaac Lumelume
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Kurt Mann 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Jake Clifford 22. Phoenix Crossland 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 15. David Klemmer 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Connor Watson 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones 18. Jack Johns 20. Tex Hoy