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Newcastle Herald
Newcastle Herald
Max McKinney

Knights rookie keeps his spot for clash with Titans

Krystian Mapapalangi has kept his place at left centre for Newcastle's clash with the Gold Coast at CBus Super Stadium on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, who debuted in the Knights' 28-22 loss to the Canberra Raiders on Sunday, has been named to wear the No.4 jersey again this week.

Knights coach Adam O'Brien has opted to keep Mapapalangi ahead of Enari Tuala, who missed last week's game after being stood down for being late to the team bus the week prior.

Prop Daniel Saifiti is set to return despite being forced to withdraw from the side in the 24 hours before Sunday's loss after contracting COVID-19.

ROUND TWO: Krystian Mapapalangi has been named to face the Titans on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

Tyson Frizell, who pulled out only minutes before kick-off due to a rib injury, has also been named to face the Titans.

His withdrawal left O'Brien with no choice but to debut 18th man Oryn Keeley.

The coach praised both Keeley and Mapapalangi's efforts following the game.

Bradman Best remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Knights (vs Titans)

1 Tex Hoy

2 Edrick Lee

3 Dane Gagai

4 Krystian Mapapalangi

5 Dom Young

6 Anthony Milford

7 Adam Clune

8 David Klemmer

9 Jayden Brailey (C)

10 Daniel Saifiti

11 Tyson Frizell

12 Brodie Jones

13 Sauaso Sue


14 Phoenix Crossland

15 Jacob Saifiti

16 Pasami Saulo

17 Mat Croker

Extended match squad

18 Jack Johns

19 Chris Randall

20 Enari Tuala

21 Simi Sasagi

22 Jirah Momoisea

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