The first game of the Premiership season is a must win, but there are a couple of reasons why this is one of the best games Newcastle will play all season.
First of all, the weather is fantastic.
A cold snap has been forecast for most of the season and the rain will help dampen the intensity of the game.
Second, the atmosphere at St James’ Park is fantastic, as is the atmosphere for the Newcastle Knights, who will face the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams are underdogs, but Newcastle have played better than their opponents so far.
Both sides are coming off the back of a solid win against the Cowboys last weekend.
The Knights will be keen to pick up a win against their rivals and it could help ease the blow of the rain that has been keeping them away.
Newcastle’s chances of winning are looking good The Stormers will have a hard time stopping Newcastle at St Joe’s Park, but the Stormers have a lot of good players in their squad.
They are led by Nathan Friend, the most experienced player in the NRL and the club’s all-time leading try scorer with 13.
The Stormer line-up features a number of new faces with James Tamou, Aaron Cruden, James Tambor and Mitchell Moses all in the fold.
Nathan Friend will be looking to impress when he takes to the field against Newcastle, as he has not played since Round 6.
The Kiwi has started every game for the Stormer squad this season and has been impressive for the team.
He is an outstanding skipper and has proved he is able to make the most of his position in the Stormera.
Nathan is one to watch when Newcastle take to the St James Park field.
James Tambo will be a key player for the Knights and the young forward will have to show he is up to the challenge against the Northsiders.
The 19-year-old has scored 10 tries in just nine NRL games this season, which is more than any other player in this year’s NRL.
He also has a double-figure try tally for his club this season.
The Newcastle Knights will need to be at their best to hold off the North Cowboys.
Newcastle are coming into the match knowing they are under the radar.
However, they have to win the game to maintain their position as one of three top-four sides in the competition.
If they can beat Newcastle, they will move up to fourth spot in the top-eight.
The Northsider have been struggling to get into the finals picture and their season is far from over.
They need to win against Newcastle to secure a top-two finish in the premiership standings.
This will be the first match of the premierships in two years.
The teams will play two exhibition games in their opening fixtures, against the Dragons and Roosters.
Both games are to be played in Newcastle’s own ground, St James’, but the first game is being played at St Joseph’s Park.
The second game will be played at Newcastle’s home ground, AAMI Park.
Both matches will be televised live on Fox Sports and Fox Sports Gold.
Northsiders have a few questions to answer ahead of their first game The Storms and Knights are under pressure after the Cowboys lost to the Cowboys in their first match.
The Cowboys are also coming off a big loss against the Sharks, while the Knights are looking to bounce back from their bye.
But there is one thing that everyone can agree on after this game: it is going to be a hard one to win.
The two teams have played the best of the Cowboys this season but they still have a long way to go.
With their game at St George’s Park being a must-win, there will be plenty of pressure on Newcastle to perform against the top side.
However it will be important to take the positives out of this game.
The Stormers are coming to Newcastle for the first time since the NRL Grand Final in 2016.
It will be interesting to see how this game unfolds, as the Storms have not won in Newcastle since 1999.
It is a huge opportunity for the club and they will need all of their hard work and determination to do well against the reigning premiers.
Should the Storm be successful against the Knights, they could secure a place in the finals.
If the Storm and Knights can get the win in St James’.