Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Lower Grades' started by rhugh89, Oct 29, 2016.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 7
Stats are up.
Pat Mat ran 156 metres, made 30 tackles and scored a try. We didn't get round 6 stats, but Pat broke 150 metres in rounds 4, 5 and 7 and is topping the forward stats nearly every week now.
Micky Paea made 31 tackles. Only Randell did better with 36.
Only 3 players broke 100 metres - Pat Mat 156, Fitzgibbon 117, Tom Hughes 120.
Robson topped the tackle breaks with a very handy 9, followed by Pat Mat on 7 and Cory Denniss on 5.
And Robson reckons he isn't a centre.
Robson is starting to remind me of Nathan Ross - a powerful little guy who never gives up. Pity he doesn't have the same speed.
Saturday April 22 – ISP Round 8
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Cessnock Sports Ground
RESERVE GRADE SQUAD
1. Nick Meaney
2. Tom Hughes
3. Cory Denniss
4. Braden Robson
5. Jacob Gagan
6. Will Pearsall
7. Jaelen Feeney
8. Mickey Paea
9. Tyler Randell
10. Pauli Pauli
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Pat Mata'utia
13. Josh King
14. Joey Morris
15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
16. Tyrone Amey
17. Bradie Smith
18. Faitotoa Faitotoa
19. Jake McNamara
20. Sam Bernstrom
21. Jake Finn
Good side. Joey Morris is probably a better hooker than Bhana, and good to see Braidie Smith back a few weeks early.
Pat Mat made the team of the week for the second time in 7 rounds.
15 – Pat Mata’utia
Club: Newcastle Knights; 2017 TOTW selections: 2.
14 total runs, 156 total metres, one line-break, seven tackle-breaks, one offload, 30 tackles, one try.
The Knights came off second best to the Sea Eagles, but Mata’utia was the visitors’ best with 156 metres and 30 tackles.
They should be looking at pat for a few nrl games. Since buhrer has gone down and is pumping out good metres in cup.
Jake McNamara will probably come in for Feeney, but I wonder if they might use Josh Ralph instead?
PREVIEWS | Intrust Super Premiership NSW Rd 8
Ryan Selvage (Twitter: @RyanSelvage)
Fri 21st April, 10:00AM
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Cessnock Sports Ground, Saturday 22 April
Newcastle went close – though not close enough – to making it four-straight Intrust Super Premiership NSW wins last weekend, falling at the feet of the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Lottoland.
It’s been a much-improved start to the campaign for the Knights, who, on the back of three consecutive losses to open the season, had bounced back to put together a hat-trick of wins in Rounds four through six.
Sitting snug nearer the bottom of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW’s all-important top eight, the Knights are one of four teams with six competition points to their names, meaning this clash with the Bulldogs is made that much more vital at the weekend.
Resuming on the back of a last-start loss also, the Bulldogs have been made to feel the pain of success in recent weeks, minus would-be regular halfback Matt Frawley who continues to impress at the NRL level.
Frawley is just one of three Bulldogs who started the season in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW before earning a first-grade start, with the Dogs still yet to find a way to offset their respective losses.
Though one of those to earn an NRL start this season, Brad Abbey has been named to return for the Bulldogs in their visit to Cessnock, with his spark set not to go astray so should he run out in this clash.
Reserve Grade match preview: Round 8
Fri 21st April, 08:22AM
Newcastle Knights v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Date: Saturday April 22
Venue: Cessnock Sports Ground
1. Nick Meaney, 2. Tom Hughes, 3. Cory Denniss, 4. Braden Robson, 5. Jacob Gagan, 6. Will Pearsall, 7. Jaelen Feeney, 8. Mickey Paea, 9. Tyler Randell, 10. Pauli Pauli, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Pat Mata’utia, 13. Josh King. Interchange: 14. Joey Morris, 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 16. Tyrone Amey, 17. Bradie Smith, 18. Faitotoa Faitotoa, 19. Jake McNamara, 20. Sam Bernstrom, 21. Jake Finn.
1.Bradley Abbey, 2. Tyrone Phillips, 3. Jeremiah Leasi, 4. R Faleao, 5. Reimis Smith, 6. Josh Cleeland, 7. Adam Keighran, 8. Andrew Saunders, 9. Craig Garvey, 10. Francis Tualau, 11. Asipeli Fine, 12. Rhyse Martin, 13. Renouf Toomaga. Interchange: 14. Bronson Garlick, 15. Raymond Moujalli, 16. Rodney Griffin, 17. Josh Bergamin, 19. Thomas Carr, 20. D’rhys Miller.
Reserve Grade Newcastle Knights coach Simon Woolford has rewarded Mickey Paea for his solid performance last week, returning after injury, with a spot in the starting 13.
“Mickey came back last week from quite a long time off, he would have had a month off and he was really good off the bench for us,” maintained Woolford.
“It gives us a little bit more experience to start the game and could bring in those guys like Tyrone Amey, Faitotoa (Faitotoa) and Brayden Smith gets his first game this week too so they can come off the bench and lift us when they need to.”
The ISP coach won’t have powerful forward Jacob Saifiti this week, who will be joining his brother back in the NRL squad.
“We only got Jacob for one game, we didn’t expect him to be there that long but if there is a position on the field where we’re quite good with numbers it’s in the middle,” commented Woolford.
“Guys like Tyrone Amey and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, they’ve been doing a great job, (Sam) Bernstrom, Faitotoa (Faitotoa) has done a great job too.
“We have got plenty of middle guys and the part time and full time squad can fill the brief, we’re not too concerned about that.”
A serious knee injury to David Bhana has seen Joey Morris come in on the bench.
“It was a bad injury and David will be out for quite some time,” said Woolford.
“Joey Morris has been in our part time squad since November and he has been itching to get an opportunity so he gets off the bench this week.”
Woolford said they have worked on the positives from last week’s loss against the Blacktown Workers.
“We went over the review and there were quite a lot of positives to come out of it,” he said.
“Defensively apart from the tries that we let in, we were really good, our win loss ratio with our tackles was the best it’s been all year.
“When we do make errors we need to make sure we’re able to defend them and if we do that there is no reason why we can’t get back into the winner’s circle.”
Where it will be won
The ISP coach believes they’ll have a better chance to win if they can respond to errors more effectively.
“We made quite a few errors in our own end last week and we didn’t put up much resistance as far as our try line defence,” said Woolford.
“We have identified where we went wrong and I’ve got no doubt the boys will make amends and fix them and make improvements this week.”
The Reserve Grade Knights take on the Bulldogs this Saturday at Cessnock Sports Ground, the match kicks off at 3pm.
Pauli has got through 32mins in his first stint today, paea played the full 40
18-16 knights leading going into halftime.
FULLTIME - INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
Canterbury Bulldogs - 30 (T: Ranuku-Phillips 2, Keighran, Kennar-Faleao, Garvey, Abbey G: Martin 3/6)
Newcastle Knights - 18 (T: Gudgeon 2, Hughes, Fitzgibbon G: Meaney 1/4)
Randell played halfback and Starling was starting hooker.
Pat Mat went off injured just into the second half.
Just after halftime we were in front and Robson butchered 2 easy try and Pauli butchered one, and from then the bulldogs got on a roll and put us away.
Up till then both sides were rubbish really.
Starling was found out a bit in defence, but he was still better than Joey Morris who looked very rusty and threw some shocking passes.
The only Knights player I thought looked good was Micky Paea who played long minutes and was very strong in attack and defence. He looks ready for firstgrade.
Tom Hughes also did OK.
Pauli was pretty good in his second stint on the field, but again played short minutes.
Amey and Fitzgibbon were very aggressive and tried to get us back into the game when we went behind.
Worst game I've seen in a while.
Determined Dogs Hold Out Knights
Sat 22nd April, 04:45PM
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have kept in touch with the top eight, after scraping their way to a 30-18 win over the Newcastle Knights at Cessnock Sportsground.
Both sides were looking to bounce back from narrow losses last week and after kicking off, the Knights controlled early sets. Back-to-back penalties after just three minutes allowed second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon to crash over from a William Pearsall pass.
Down 4-0, discipline continued to prove costly for the Bulldogs with another penalty on the next set after the kick-off giving Newcastle another set inside the opposition’s red zone. On the fifth tackle, a cross-field kick was plucked out of the air in the left-side corner by Thomas Hughes to extend the lead to 8-0.
When the Bulldogs finally got some possession, they showed just how dangerous they could be in attack, striking back through Tyrone Phillips after several of his teammates slipped through some lazy defence from the Knights.
The Bulldogs were not about to ease up the pressure, after getting a piggyback downfield through a penalty, the visitors were only held out by some desperate Knights defence holding them up. But when Newcastle failed to clear up the fifth-tackle grubber kick, halfback Adam Keighran put the Bulldogs 10-8 in front.
In a see-sawing first half, it was not long before the Knights had their chance to hit back, and a slick backline movement saw Kainoa Gudgeon finish off in the corner to regain the lead. Moments later he had his second try, when he caught his opposition winger off his line, resulting in wide open space on the right-hand side.
Leading by 18-10 after 25 minutes, Knights wasted an opportunity to extend their lead when hooker Tyler Randell found some open space, only to throw the offload to a blue and white jersey.
A few sets later, another mistake proved costly. While attacking the Bulldogs' line, the hosts threw an intercept pass for Jeremiah Leasi to run 65 metres. Off the next play the Knights' right-side defence were outnumbered and Richard Kennar cut the margin to two points.
The Bulldogs had two golden chances to hit the front inside the final five minutes, but the Knights' defence held firm to take a 18-16 lead into the sheds.
It was a scrappy start to the second half for both teams; after Knights’ centre Braden Robson was held up, the Bulldogs wasted a try scoring opportunity at the other end. Andrew Saunders made a 30-metre run only to have his pass dropped with the line wide open.
At the other end, the Knights bombed a certain try when Gudgeon regained a grubber kick into the corner, but instead of diving over he passed the ball back inside to Robson who spilled it. A few minutes later another knock-on just metres out was the third missed opportunity for the Knights in the second half.
The Bulldogs looked to have made them pay when Thomas Carr crossed in the corner, only for it to be called back for a forward pass. But a few sets later, Craig Garvey dived over to give the visitors a 22-18 lead.
Handling errors proved costly for the Knights midway through the half, who gave too much field position to their opponents, and when Phillips got his second, the lead was out to eight.
The hosts needed to score next, but every time Newcastle entered the Bulldogs half, handling errors turned over possession. Frustration also boiled over with the red and blues penalised twice in the second half following minor scuffles.
With the match all but over, the Knights rolled the dice with four minutes remaining kicking from the scrum, but Gudgeon could not stay in the field. The 'Dogs finished the match with a try in the 78th minute to Bradley Abbey, to seal the 12-point victory.
The win making it three wins in a row for the Bulldogs over the Knights, who won both clashes between the two sides last season.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - 30 (T Ranuku Phillips 2, A Keighran, R Kennar, C Garvey, B Abbey tries; R Martin 3 goals)
Newcastle Knights - 18 (K Gudgeon, L Fitzgibbon, T Hughes tries; N Meaney goal)
And some tell us we are going so well in reggies! 8/12 not too good but at least four more points than our NRL side!
2 losses in a row,
Half back in fg
Half the forward pack in fg as well atm.
Think so? That forward pack would not lose much against our superstars of yesterday!
Our reserve grade side is very competitive.
They could have won yesterday - probably should have in fact.
Some of the young guys like Robson, Amey, JTB, Meaney etc are playing against guys with firstgrade experience for the first time this year, and are more than holding their own.
Robson in particular looks to be a real handful in attack.
They were pretty sloppy yesterday, but still very competitive, and would have won with a bit better execution.
Robson seems to be in some pretty good form this season. Has really found his feet in reggies.
I can't think nice thoughts about him just now - I keep thinking about the two trys he butchered yesterday - but he is a very naturally strong guy and he looks to be physically better than reserve grade level as an athlete - very like Ross but without the pace.
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