Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Lower Grades' started by Billy, Dec 23, 2017.
I thought he'd turn into a forward last year with the size of him and the way he smashed the ball up, but this year he has lost a lot of weight and got a lot fitter.
The most impressive thing he did last year was jump to catch a bomb for a try. He is 2 metres tall and can really jump, so no one is getting over the top of him. I haven't seen him get a chance to do that this year, but if he makes it to firstgrade he'll be a massive target for our kickers.
Jersey Flegg match preview: Round 6
Fri 13 Apr 2018, 01:16 PM
Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks
Date: Saturday, April 14
Venue: Cessnock Sportsground
1. Matt Cooper, 2. Lachlan Farr, 3. Brayden Musgrove, 4. Ofa Manuofetoa, 5. Justin Worley, 6. Tex Hoy, 7. Hayden Loughrey, 8. Henry-Siriah Fuimaono, 9. Luke Huth, 10. Jirah Momoisea, 11. Kurtis Dark, 12. Beau Fermor, 13. Matthew Croker. Interchange. 14. Tevita Alifa, 15. Joe Bromage, 16. Matthew Moon, 17. Brandon Russell.
This week the top two sides will go at it in the Jersey Flegg competition, as the nib Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday.
Undefeated but with a draw, the Sharks are one point behind Newcastle who have blitzed the 2018 season so far with five consecutive wins, securing them at the top of the ladder.
“Cronulla are undefeated with a draw and a bye so they’ll be really good,” explained coach Todd Lowrie.
“Cronulla traditionally have very strong junior teams so we’re expecting a pretty fair game this week and hopefully it will be a good game.
“Luckily we’re playing at Cessnock, our home ground, so hopefully that gives us some sort of advantage.”
Having seen few changes so far this season, Lowrie will have some movement in his side this week as several players get promoted to ISP.
“Ofa (Manuofetoa) comes into the team in the centres with Mitch Andrews going up to ISP,” he said.
“Ofa has been in and around the team the whole year, he has been 18th man on quite a few occasions, and he’s doing all the right things at training.
“He’s just been that one person out nearly every week, but I’m certainly happy to give him the number four jersey this week.”
Tex Hoy stepped in to the halves on the weekend after an injury kept Hayden Loughrey out, but Loughrey will be back in the number seven, with Nash Birch this time suffering an injury.
“Nash hurt his shoulder last week and it seems to be a recurring thing with our halves at the moment,” Lowrie added.
“He’ll be out for only one week hopefully because he’s been doing pretty well for us.
“Tex had a really good game on the weekend, set up a try and scored a try of his own and defended really well in the line so he certainly deserves to hold his spot.”
There’s also some movement in Lowrie’s forward pack with Henry-Siriah Fuimaono replacing Pasami Saulo, who heads back to Reserve Grade, while handy hooker Tom Starling has also been shifted to ISP’s bench for Saturday.
“Henry played well for us on the weekend and he started the year for us until Pasami came back from full time duties,” Lowrie maintained.
“Henry had a really strong game on the weekend, probably his best game for the year, so it’s timely he gets another opportunity in the starting team.”
Matthew Moon also plays his second game in Jersey Flegg, named on the bench.
“Matthew came on and played a bit of hooker and a bit of half when we lost Nash at the weekend, he came on for his first game in the Under 20s,” Lowrie said.
“He was good and made an impact particularly when he was playing hooker, so I’d be keen to get him some more game time.”
Lowrie has been pleased with the way his side has tackled the start of the season and hopes they can keep up that consistency.
“Our defence has been pretty good lately, we certainly need to continue that against the Sharks, who last year I think put 80 points on a couple of teams,” Lowrie recalled.
“They’ve certainly got some attacking ability so our defence needs to be good, but probably our main improvement area that we’ll be working on is our attacking, with another new halves pairing.
“The attack probably wasn’t as fluent as it could have been on the weekend so we’ll be doing a lot of that this week to make sure we’re good in that area.”
Cronulla have a few changes, KnigHts are unchanged at present.
First try scored by Dark 6-0 to the knights -very even game so far.
Knights are on top, but both sides are almost mistake free so far.
Cronulla try, 6-6
12-6 Femour scored the easiest try ever - stepped through two forwards and ran 50 untouched.
Femour scores again , Loughrey took the ball to the line and passed to Femour doing a Fitz.
That’s six for the season for Femour, now top try scorer for the comp.
It’s been a very close game. Great goal line defence from us is the difference.
End to end stuff , both sides have been held up over the line 2,3 times.
18-12, Cronulla score.
18-14, Cronulla getting a lot of penalties and scoring,
Just scored again 18-18 ktc
24-20- try to knights.
24-26, dodgey try to sharks , passed off the ground.
Cronulla getting the run of the ball now.
Pretty even game though.
30-24 to Cronulla, could have gone either way. We were held up over the line 3 or 4 times, and so were they.
The 3 tries to Beau Fermor were the highlight for Knights supporters.
His first he was running sideways till he saw a little gap between 2 of their big forwards right in the middle of the field on the 50 metres line, and he just put on a step right between them and ran 50 to score without anyone getting close to him.
The second one he did a fair impersonation of Fitz, running a gap line and getting a short pass from Loughrey right at the line, breaking through and running 12 metres to score.
His 3rd was chasing a kick to the ingoal from Loughrey and beating 3 or 4 Cronulla players in the race to score inches before the dead ball line.
He looks like a young Fitz - maybe a bit smaller - but faster and with a better step I reckon.
He now leads the try scoring for the comp with 7 from 6 games.
Big forward with a big name for Cronulla, Monty Raper, was hard to handle for our side. I suspect if Tom Starling was in our side he would have kept big Monty in his box though.
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