One down, 24 to go.

The first eight games of the 2021 NRL season didn’t just provide us with our initial set of winners and losers, it raised another series of questions.

With each of the league’s 16 teams set to do battle again this weekend, we attempted to answer the major issues facing their playing lists and coaches alike.


Newcastle Knights

Is amends on their mind?

Although Kurt Mann and Bradman Best have managed to shrug off injuries over the course of the week, the Knights enter their Round 2 clash against the psyched up Warriors without a couple of their big names.

However, if last week's result is a sign of things to come, both Kalyn Ponga and Blake Green's understudies had Novacastrians breathing a sigh of relief, with both Tex Hoy and the previously mentioned Mann performing admirably against the Dogs.

With a 17-man squad that the bookies have as slight favourites, the Knights will be out for both a second win and revenge.

The previous meeting between the pair was an embarrassing 36-6 loss for the Knights just a month before the finals. Although this clash is once again away from the Hunter, coach Adam O'Brien will have his men geared up to make amends.

Perhaps the approach to let everyone be captain is already paying dividends.