Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Lower Grades' started by Billy, Dec 23, 2017.
Easy try to Toa, lots of razzle dazzle from both teams now, but warriors mostly spill the ball. 54-6
All over, scoreline flatters the Warriors. Huth, Croker, and Dark were our best
Great win boys !!
Our next game will be a tougher test, We play the Sharks in Round 17 (No games next week)
Big win, they are going well and was still not our best possible side.
A sign of how much stronger we were was that our 2 best middle forwards, Croker and Alifa, both started but weren't required to do a second spell once they went off.
Matt Croker played the first 53 minutes straight and was making easy metres the whole time. At one point he took a tap kick 20 metres out from the line and powered his way through their set defence to be stopped about 2 inches short of the line, and Huth picked up the ball from the quick play the ball and exploited the defence scattered all over the place still to just dive over to score.
Mounties knocked over Cronulla after beating us a few weeks ago. Looks like they are on the rise.
Young Knights blow Warriors off the park
Sat 16 Jun 2018, 06:11 PM
Newcastle are the Jersey Flegg ladder leaders following a whopping 54-6 victory over the Warriors in Cessnock on Saturday.
The Knights were electric in their nine try performance with the spine particularly impressive.
Without Nash Birch due to injury, Tex Hoy pulled the strings alongside NSW under 18s half Phoenix Crossland.
A show-and-go from Hoy saw the playmaker into space before summing up the situation and sending Starford To'A over for the first try of the afternoon.
The next try followed a set piece where Crossland put Matt Cooper through a gap.
Crossland was involved in another four-pointer when he linked with Kurtis Dark who delivered a perfectly timed ball for Ofa Manuofetoa to crash over.
Up 18-0, an injection at dummy-half from Luke Huth upped the ante and it was the crafty rake who posted points, catching the markers napping.
Seven minutes later, Huth scored his second for a 30-point lead at the break.
While the Warriors started the second half fast with a try to Paul Turner, the Knights were too classy.
When Hoy found open space, he challenged Warriors fullback Kayal Iro to a foot-race and sprinted 40 metres for the try.
The Knights weren't finished.
Brandon Russell crashed over, Cooper claimed his second and so too To'A as they solidified the 48-point victory.
Knights 54 (S To'A 2, M Cooper 2, O Manuofetoa, L Huth 2, T Hoy, B Russell tries; Dark 9 goals)
d Warriors 6 (P Turner try; C Harris-Tavita 1 goal)
Billy, could we see Hoy and Crossland playing halves next season with Loughrey and Birch in reserves. Would fix our lack of backup in halves and all four seem to be going really well.
All of them except for Loughrey are young enough to play under 20s next year. Lowrie has Birch, Crossland, Hoy and Madden to squeeze into the team, and all four have played for NSW at under 16s or 18s level - Madden and Crossland at both levels and Madden was the under 18s SG Ball player of the year this year.
Hoy could go back to fullback next year because Cooper will be too old and I can't think of another really outstanding fullback now that Best is playing centre.
Birch was a hooker last year and he could go back to that, although Huth and a few guys from Ball this year are top quality hookers.
In short, we seem to have enough young playmakers, and Brown will probably give Loughrey, Tom Starling and maybe Hoy or Birch a firstgrade off season and they should be ready for reserve grade after that.
Birch is to old next year mate. Same age as Starlo. As for Hoy you prob wont have that problem as i dont think he will be at the Knights.!
Hoy also never played Nsw u16s - u18s origin mate just so your aware.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 15
So where is Hoy going, make a statement then back it up with relevant info pls
What I’m hearing is he resigned with the knights for 3 years
That would be good. In 3 years we should know if he's good enough or not. To me he seems like a natural athlete, more so than most of the young guys.
Was shopping around/ Met with a few clubs including Parra. I was told he was worried his pathway was blocked with Ponga, Meany, Copper in front of him at fullback.
But i herd today his resigned with Knights..
But i can tell you this Madden gone & signed with Tigers
I don't like losing any juniors but I'd rather keep Hoy than Madden. Madden has a fantastic football brain and is a great competitor, but he is very small. He might still have a big growth spurt, but barring that, he isn't going to be big enough for the NRL.
Zero Knights players selected in NSW U20 side.
Beau Fermor - QLD U20
I think Jones and Saulo were very unlucky.
Maybe they are not being picked because they could technically be called up to firstgrade and they don't pick firstgraders.
It's a shame Fermor is too small to play prop - we really need a few props - second row/centres, not so much.
There are guys in both squads whom have played 1st grade & plenty on the cusp of 1st grade. So you excuse why they were not picked doesnt make sense at all. They obviously dont think they are playing good enough for selection.
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