Knee injury rules Aku Uate out of Knights team to play Broncos

FORMER NSW and Australian winger Aku Uate will miss Newcastle’s game against Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Friday night due to a knee injury he suffered in the Knights’ 26-12 victory over the Raiders in Canberra last Saturday.

The Knights did not divulge details of Uate’s injury but said he had scans and would be sidelined for three weeks.

Italian World Cup winger Josh Mantellato has been named to replace Uate on the right wing for the game against the Broncos.

Captain Kurt Gidley and prop Kade Snowden, who both suffered head knocks and were replaced during the second half against the Raiders, were named but are still being monitored for post-concussion symptoms and will need medical clearances before being allowed to play.

Aku Uate. Pic: Dean Osland

Former skipper Sam Thaiday has been cleared to take his place in the Brisbane pack after pleading guilty to a grade-one dangerous contact charge arising from Brisbane’s 12-8 loss to Gold Coast Titans at Robina last Friday night.

Thaiday pleaded guilty to placing unnecessary pressure to the head or neck of an opponent, Queensland Origin team-mate Nate Myles, in the 16th minute of the game but he did not incur enough demerit points to warrant suspension.

Knights: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Joey Leilua, Josh Mantellato, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Kurt Gidley (c), Willie Mason, Beau Scott, Chris Houston, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Adam Clydsdale, Korbin Sims, Robbie Rochow, Zane Tetevano.

Broncos: Ben Barba, Daniel Vidot, Jack Reed, Justin Hodges (c), Dale Copley, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hunt, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Corey Parker (c), Alex Glenn, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett. Interchange: Martin Kennedy, Todd Lowrie, Ben Hannant, Corey Oates, Jarrod Wallace (one to be omitted).

Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Gee