NEWS | Newcastle Thunder match preview

NEWS | Newcastle Thunder match preview

20th June 2019

The Dons take on Newcastle Thunder in Betfred League One this weekend looking to extend their winning run to five games.

Just one point separates the two sides with the race for promotion hotting up, and Richard Horne’s side will be looking to complete a league double over Thunder.

Who’s the gaffer?

Newcastle appointed former Ireland international Simon Finnigan in April after parting company with former head coach Jason Payne just after the start of the 2019 campaign.

Finnigan spent time in the backroom staff at Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack before moving to Kingston Park. He has already made his mark at the club and started to bring his own signings through the door.

Ones to watch

Lewis Young

Young has become one of the most highly rated players in Betfred League One since joining Newcastle in 2016. The full-back is often at the heart of the way they try and play, which often ends in him scoring or assisting a try. Young has been linked with several moves away from Kingston Park, but continues to flourish on Tyneside.

Mo Agoro

The powerful winger signed for Thunder at the start of the 2018 campaign after leaving Gloucestershire All Golds. A product of the Leeds Rhinos academy, Agoro moved to Oldham before impressive displays there saw him sign for Hunslet. He has already scored more than 70 tries in his career so far, including 10 in his debut season at Kingston Park.

Alex Rowe

Rowe’s arrival at the end of 2018 was a major coup for Thunder, as the prop-forward arrived on Tyneside with plenty of Championship experience under his belt. A Maltese international, Rowe has played at the top level after stints with Castleford Tigers and London Broncos in Super League. He had 160 appearances to his name prior to his move to Thunder.

Last time out

The two sides faced each other on the opening day of the 2019 campaign, with the Dons producing a brilliant comeback to get off to the perfect start. With Thunder leading 22-4 at the break, the Dons scored five second-half tries to stun the home side at Kingston Park.

NEWS | Newcastle Thunder match preview