Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Lower Grades' started by rhugh89, Oct 29, 2016.
Great result, win is a win
NYC Knights edge Raiders with field goal
Fri 25th August, 03:21PM
Finals hopes are still alive for the NYC Newcastle Knights after they edged out the Canberra Raiders 21-20 at GIO Stadium on Friday afternoon.
I wasn't a great start for the visitors as they conceded two tries before getting on the board, but determination saw the Knights grind their way back to lock up the scoreline before a last-minute field goal sealed the win.
Seven minutes in, the Raiders’ Harry Van Dartel snatched a high ball in the air to come down and plant it over the goal line. Andre Niko converted for the home side to lead, 6-0.
Minutes later the Raiders scored again, this time through Jacob Field on the right side. Canberra led 12-0.
In the 23rd minute, Knights centre Heath Gibbs crashed through on the right side for their first. Kurtis Dark booted the conversion for the visitors to trail 12-6.
Almost another for Canberra near the ten minute mark but Niko dropped a high ball a metre short from the line before teammate Mikaele Ravalawa was able to break through defence to cross over with three minutes to go before the break.
Raiders led 16-6 at halftime.
In the second half, Gibbs recorded the double in the 47th minute before the Knights went out wide, as Mitch Andrews crossed over on the left edge. The score line was locked up at 16-all.
In the 57th minute, an awkward bounce gifted Raiders centre Sebastian Kris the ball before he rolled around defence to score the try. Canberra led 20-16.
The Knights once again levelled the scores 20-all in the 74th minute with an out-stretched Kainoa Gudgeon planting the ball over the line. The Knights had the chance to take the lead but the conversion was unsuccessful.
In the final minutes, Jack Johns booted the field goal from 20 metres out to take the lead and the win by one point, 21-20.
Newcastle Knights 21 (T: Gibbs 2, Andrews, Gudgeon, G: Dark 2/4, FG: Johns)
Canberra Raiders 20 (T: Van Dartel, Field, Ravalawa, Kris, G: Niko 2/4)
1. Matt Cooper, 2. Mitch Andrews, 3. Cory Denniss, 4. Heath Gibbs, 5. Kainoa Gudgeon, 6. Jack Johns, 7. Hayden Loughrey, 8. Eddy Tuilotolava, 9. Nash Birch, 10. Matt Croker, 11. Brodie Jones, 12. Kurtis Dark, 13. Zac Hosking. Interchange: 14. Luke Huth, 15. Henry Penn, 17. Cameron King. 18. Viko Puliuvea.
1.Paul Roache, 2. Harry Van Dartel, 3. Sebastian Kris, 4. Mikaele Ravalawa, 5. Andre Niko, 6. Derek Hay, 22. Timoci Vatubuli, 8. Emre Guler, 9. Lachlan Cooper, 10. Fabien Paletua-Kiri, 11. Daniel Kerr, 12. Jacob Field, 15. Hudson Young. Interchange. 13. Kye Madden, 14. Sato Ketia-Opo, 16. Zac Masters, 20. Kalani Going.
We need either Manly or Souths to lose their next 2 games for us to make the finals - or we could beat Cronulla next week, but they have only lost 2 games all season.
stats are up
Cory Denniss had 18 runs for 194 metres with 1 line break, 1 try assist, 2 offloads and 6 tackle breaks
Cam King responded to being benched by doing a career high 21 runs for 182 metres with no line breaks
Mitch Andrews ran 178 metres, Heath Gibbs 132, Matt Croker 131, Matt Cooper 138 and Kurtis Dark 118.
Hosking topped the tackle count with 32, and Kurtis Dark 31.
Some busy boys amongst that lot
Manly and Souths both won, so we now have to beat minor premiers Cronulla and hope one of them lose in the last round to make the 8.
We won't get close, Sharks will hammer us
LADDER AFTER ROUND 25
No point being in the finals if we can't beat them then
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Finals hopes still alive for NYC
Mon 28th August, 01:12PM
NYC Newcastle Knights coach Todd Lowrie admits it was tough win against the Canberra Raiders last week, a nail biter to the end with a field goal in the final minutes.
“Not a lot went our way and we had to do a hell of a lot of defending so it certainly wasn’t pretty,” Lowrie explained.
“We found a way to win and it was looking a little bit unlikely there for a while but to hold on like we did and manage to kick the field goal at the end was really good and keeps our finals chances alive.”
Ten points down at half time, the Under 20s coach said they spoke about upping their intensity to match the home side.
“Canberra had been really good in the first half and they made us use up a lot of juice,” Lowrie commented.
“We spoke about lifting our intensity to get on top of them to see whether they could come with us.
“They are out of semi-finals contention and so our goal in the second half was to lift our intensity and to their credit they did for most of the half.
“It was right at the end we got over the top of them which was good.”
Knights centre Heath Gibbs proved difficult for the opposition after he recorded the double.
“Gibbs has scored plenty of tries lately, he’s doing really well on his edge and lucky enough to be getting some tries in,” cited Lowrie.
“He worried them with his carries for most of the day in yardage and in good ball.”
Sitting in ninth place on the ladder, a win is a must when they come up against the minor premiers, the Cronulla Sharks, on Sunday for Old Boys day.
The Knights Under 20s side need a win and other games to go their way to have the chance to play finals footy.
“The Sharks are going really well so it is going to be a big challenge but I know the boys are all looking forward to playing at home on Old Boys Day in what will be the last game for the year,” explained Lowrie.
“Even at this age in their short time at the Club, the boys understand the history of Old Boys Day and what it means to play in the last game at McDonald Jones Stadium."
1. Matt Cooper,
2. Mitch Andrews,
3. Cory Denniss,
4. Heath Gibbs,
5. Kainoa Gudgeon,
6. Jack Johns,
7. Hayden Loughrey,
8. Eddy Tuilotolava,
9. Nash Birch,
10. Matt Croker,
11. Kurtis Dark,
12. Sam McIntyre,
13. Zac Hosking (c).
Interchange: 14. Luke Huth, 15. Henry Penn, 16. Viko Puliuvea, 17. Cameron King, 18. Brayden Musgrove, 19. Dylan Clark, 20. Jayden Butterfield, 21. Kyle Smith, 22. Brodie Jones, 23. Ofa Manuofetoa.
I'd give us a chance if we had Cogger, Starling and Saulo - but we don't.
Interesting Brodie's been dropped
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Brodie is starting in the second row in reserve grade.
His metres don't look great so far, but when you watch him play in NYC and reserve grade, he is a powerful guy who defends well, and makes plenty of post contact metres when he runs.
Copy that. Makes sense
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Its funny how some go up and some don't! I am not trying to diminish any of the boys skills. On form Dark should have gone up this week. Not to mention Mcintyre's year to date.
Holden Cup Round 26 previews
Wed 30 Aug, 2017, 4:05pm
By Martin Gabor, National Correspondent, NRL.com
Knights v Sharks
The Knights kept their season alive with a thrilling come-from-behind win in Canberra last week but their task is about to get a great deal tougher with Newcastle needing to beat the Sharks and hope other results go their way to make the finals.
To make matters worse, the Sharks will be stinging after they had their 15-game winning streak snapped by the Roosters last week. A return to form would see them finish the regular season with a record 45 competition points.
Tip: Sharks by 12
NYC match preview: Round 26
Thu 31st August, 03:25PM
Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks
Date: Sunday September 3
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
1. Matt Cooper, 2. Mitch Andrews, 3. Cory Denniss, 4. Heath Gibbs, 5. Kainoa Gudgeon, 6. Jack Johns, 7. Hayden Loughrey, 8. Eddy Tuilotolava, 9. Nash Birch, 10. Matt Croker, 11. Kurtis Dark, 12. Sam McIntyre, 13. Zac Hosking. Interchange: 14. Luke Huth, 15. Henry Penn, 16. Viko Puliuvea, 17. Cameron King. 18. Brayden Musgrove, 19. Dylan Clark, 20. Jayden Butterfield, 21. Kyle Smith, 22. Brodie Jones, 23. Ofa Manufetoa.
1.William Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Isaac Lumelume, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Josh Tuilagi, 6. Luke Metcalf, 7. Kyle Flanagan, 8. Ryan King, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Daniel Vasquez, 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Joshua Carr, 13. Billy Magoulias. Interchange. 14. Eddie Faalua, 15. Zachary Faulkner, 16. Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, 17. James Roumanos, 18. Jackson Ferris, 19. Teig Wilton, 20. Lane Ferling, 21. Luke Jurd, 22. Fine Kula, 23. Clayton Uia.
It's a must win game for the NYC Newcastle Knights this week as their finals chances hang in the balance.
“Out of Manly, South Sydney or Brisbane, if one of those lose and we win then we’ll play in the semis,” explained coach Todd Lowrie.
“We need one of those games to go our way.
“We will know before Sunday the results of those other games so we will go into the game knowing whether we’re out or if we win, we’re in.”
It won’t be an easy task with the Sharks enjoying a 15-game winning streak before their close loss to the Sydney Roosters last week.
The Under 20s coach said while they may be the favourites on paper, their record this season doesn’t matter too much come this time of the year.
“They got beaten by the Roosters last week who are not going to make the semis so that just shows any team is beatable on the day,” Lowrie commented.
“What they’ve done throughout the year doesn’t really mean anything as of this weekend.
“We have certainly got a lot to play for and I think if we stick to our game plan and everyone does their job and plays to their potential, we’re certainly a good chance of beating them and making the semis.”
The NYC side will have to do without forward Brodie Jones again, who has been named in the starting 13 for Reserve Grade to play their elimination final this week.
With a few changes in the forward pack, Lowrie is confident his regulars can do the job.
“Fortunately for us we don’t have to bring in anyone that hasn’t played,’ he said.
“The guys have trained really well so we shouldn’t lose too much.
“(Brayden) Musgrove is also well in the mix this weekend after a really long stint in rehab with his back but he’s done the right thing and had a couple of games back in local league.”
While the Sharks are strong all over the field, there will be a few key areas Lowrie believes will be their most dangerous.
“They have big, strong outside backs who are quite hard to handle so we’ve done a bit of work on controlling their starts.
“Halfback, Kyle Flanagan, I think he is the leading try scorer or has scored the most points ever in the history of the NYC season so he’s certainly dangerous when he runs the ball.
“Our goal line defence is going to have to be really good this week and our ball control.
Where it will be won
“The more we can hold onto the ball, that is certainly where I think it can be won,” added Lowrie.
“If we get our defence right and in attack we hold onto the ball and execute our plays well, that will put us in good stead because we have a lot of blokes that can attack.
“There is also certainly a lot of motivation in front of the Old Boys.
“We will appreciate playing at home in the last game of the year for Old Boys Day.”
NYC kick-off at 11.45am at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.
So South's lost!
Now we only have to beat Cronulla!!
Cronulla lost last week, so it's not impossible.
You find the last round of NYC often has some odd results, because a lot of kids like Eddy, Cam King, Viko, Penn could well be playing their last game ever if they don't have an offer for next year - while the Cronulla kids have wrapped up the minor premiership and will be keen to stay injury free for the finals.
In short, half a dozen of our guys will be playing like their 10 or 12 years of playing League all comes down to this, and the Cronulla guys will want to avoid any injury that could cost them a shot at a grandfinal.
Biggest game of their lives for many of our guys. Nothing game for Cronulla.
So with Souths and Manly losing we can finish in 7th with a win tomorrow.
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