Round 15: Newcastle Knights vs Melbourne Storm

Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Discussion' started by rhugh89, Jun 10, 2018.

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What is your prediction for this game ??

Poll closed Jun 17, 2018.
  1. Knights 13+

    2 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. Knights 1-12

    4 vote(s)
    22.2%
  3. Draw

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Storm 1-12

    8 vote(s)
    44.4%
  5. Storm 13+

    4 vote(s)
    22.2%
  1. alexwilliams

    alexwilliams Willie Mason

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    TEAM v Storm:

    1. Kalyn Ponga
    2. Ken Sio
    3. Sione Mata'utia
    4. Cory Denniss
    5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    6. Connor Watson
    7. Jack Cogger
    8. Herman Ese'ese
    9. Slade Griffin
    10. Josh King
    11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    12. Mitch Barnett
    13. Aidan Guerra ©

    14. Danny Levi
    15. Chris Heighington
    16. Luke Yates
    17. Jacob Lillyman

    18. Nick Meaney
    19. Sam Stone
    20. Brock Lamb
    21. Brent Naden
     
  2. Simon Templar

    Simon Templar Matt White

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    This side is pretty much all it could be, the test will be how the bench is used and what tactics will be employed to upset the juggernaut that is the Storm, don't get me wrong I think we can role them if we play our cards right.
     
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  3. Frank McWilliams

    Frank McWilliams Clint Newton

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    Our problems are in selections 18-21 no prop, not even a token one, another injury, even a slight mishap and even bigger trouble
     
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    JOJO82 Andrew Hodge

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    I would be bringing lamb back in purely for his kicking game and tell him to just concentrate on that.

    Have him posted out on the wing in defence just like Thurston hides. We lost last week due to our kicking game so have to combat it somehow and lambs kicking game is far superior to coggers.
     
  5. krustykraz

    krustykraz Nathan Barnes

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    Atleast Yates is back. also wouldnt mind seeing what Stone has to offer at some point this year.
     
  6. Frank McWilliams

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    Am looking forward to Yates getting a bit of game time after a couple of 18th man, think Stone might be a bit short due to injury, missed a couple and our back row is pretty strong
     
  7. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    nswrl site is saying the Flegg side plays at 1pm Sat, not 3pm.
     
  8. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Yates hasn't played in 3 weeks - not ideal.
     
  9. Jaybro

    Jaybro Brett Grogan

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    Yeup squad is really thin right now, hopefully this doesn’t cause the top17 to get complacent
     
  10. krustykraz

    krustykraz Nathan Barnes

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    definently need a prop or 2 before June 30.
    Any chance of Glasby coming?
     
  11. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Not with Bromwich and Finucane out long term, Doubt Bellamy would even consider it
     
  12. Matty23

    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I beg to differ. The bloke will be hungry for the opportunity and we’ve missed his sting in D.
     
  13. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I meant he hasn't played anywhere. He sat out the last 2 games as 18th man.
     
  14. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    A prop from Wynnum Manly is killing atm.
    Wonder if Brown would look at a stop gap for the rest of the year...
    Patrick Carrigan
    Must only be young cause he only has 13 games to his name but the last 3 months has been the best prop in the comp.
    Rd11 vs blackhawks he made 168m 34tks
    Rd 12 vs tigers he made 143m 39tks
    Rd 13 vs the cutters he made 228m 36tks
    Rd 14 vs the jets he made 169m 41tks

    Thats some good numbers
     
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    Lefty Chris Joynt

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    I hope someone from the Knights reads your post and signs him for the rest of the year. If he performs, he could be offered a longer term contract.


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  16. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Good prospect, Can play on an edge too

    Speaking of ISC George Fai is one I've rated for a while

    Regularly cracks 100m, Only 21, Good size and hits hard in defence

    With his metres though it's not just the amount it's the fact he bends and breaks the line consistently

    Around 40% of his total metres are post contact and it's not the first time

    He has 59 tackle breaks and 6 Line Breaks this season so far, Keep in mind he only averages around 40-45 minutes

    I know some at the Broncos have big wraps on him but I think he is under contract...Although these days that doesn't mean much

    George Fai - 2018

    Games - 12
    Metres - 1,373
    Ave Per Game - 114.4
    Post Contact - 557
    Tackle Breaks - 59
    Offloads - 10
    Tackle Effiency - 88.9%
    Tries - 4

    George Fai - 2017

    Games - 16
    Metres - 2,215
    Ave Per Game - 130.3
    Post Contact - 816
    Tackle Breaks - 56
    Offloads - 17
    Tackle Effiency - 91.6%
    Tries - 2

    George Fai - 2016

    Games - 20
    Metres - 2,224
    Ave Per Game - 111.2
    Post Contact - 878
    Tackle Breaks - 88
    Offloads - 9
    Tackle Effiency - 93.3%
    Tries - 9
     
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  17. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    There is alot of talent in the ISC, I'm sure Browny and Mooney would be on to it
     
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    Joshhh OnARampageFuelledByGod

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    Perfect project type players. These are the kinds of guys that are perfect to fill those last couple spots on your roster as minimum wagers who will give everything. Not too old, showing outstanding stats in senior reserve grade, possibly didn't develop quick enough in 20s. Just need to put faith in them & give them NRL time, & hopefully once they hit that 15-20 game mark, they should start to show real NRL potential. And plenty more floating around, many of them likely will never get the opportunity & will give the game up.
     
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    Knights put the steel back in their defence


    Peter Jolly
    Tue 12 Jun 2018, 08:01 PM



    After conceding a whopping 146 points in four weeks between rounds 9-12, the Newcastle Knights restored pride in their defence against the Eels and Roosters, but Lachlan Fitzgibbon says they must ensure their extra defensive effort doesn't come at the expense of their attack.

    The final indignation of the tackle-shy streak was a 48-10 loss to the Sharks in round 12 but Nathan Brown's men have let in a combined tally of just 22 points against the Eels and Roosters in the past two games.

    "We were always saying that we could score tries, without stopping them," Fitzgibbon said.

    "Now the focus is on our 'D', and we are stopping more than we were, and against the Roosters in parts we were struggling to attack how we wanted.

    "It was a credit to them, they had a rushing defence but we probably should have thrown a little different shape at them at times."

    One moment that illustrated just how far the Knights have come in defence, was Slade Griffin's bone-crunching tackle on Isaac Liu which denied a certain try on their own goal line.

    The celebrations were more emphatic than when they actually scored themselves.

    "It was a big play, just at the right time," veteran prop Jacob Lillyman said.

    "It certainly lifted the boys, everyone was pretty happy with it, and it saved a try, so it was a massive play.

    "That was what's been lacking - those special plays and doing whatever it takes to stop tries."

    Lillyman knows the Knights need to keep producing those special plays if they are to upset premiers Melbourne at McDonald Jones Stadium this Sunday.

    The Novocastrians got a taste of the Storm's firepower earlier in the season when they were on the wrong end of a 40-14 thrashing at AAMI Park.

    "They were certainly on that night, moving us around the field," the former Origin forward said.

    "We just let them get out to a really good start there, we got back in the game slightly, but it was a tough one.

    "We'd like to think that we have built a bit of confidence since then."

    With a two-week break between rounds 15 and 16, Lillyman expects the Knights to throw everything into the Storm clash.

    "The week off has come at the right time, as we have a few boys who are wounded and busted, and a few who are nearly ready to come back," Lillyman said.

    "Getting a win going into the week off would be massive, but we cannot think of the end result too much, we just need a good performance against the Storm."


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/06/12/knights-put-the-steel-back-in-their-defence/
     
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