Round 26 - Knights vs Dragons @ UOW Jubilee Oval

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  1. rhugh89

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    HOLDEN CUP: Newcastle Knights vs St George Illawarra Dragons - Saturday September 3rd @ 12:40pm

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    [TD="align: center"]Jake Mamo[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]1[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Josh Dugan[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Nathan Ross[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]2[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Kurt Mann[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Dane Gagai[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]3[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Euan Aitken[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Peter Mata’utia [/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]4[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Taane Milne[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Brendan Elliot[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]5[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Jason Nightingale[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Jarrod Mullen[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]6[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Gareth Widdop (c)[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Trent Hodkinson (c)[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]7[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Benji Marshall[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Daniel Saifiti[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]8[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Leeson Ah Mau[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Tyler Randell[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]9[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Mitch Rein[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Jacob Saifiti[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]10[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Mike Cooper[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Sione Mata’utia[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]11[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Tyson Frizell[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Mitch Barnett[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]12[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Ben Creagh[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Jeremy Smith (c)[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Jack de Belin[/TD]

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    [TD="align: center"]Dylan Phythian[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Joel Thompson[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Pat Mata’utia[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Will Matthews[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Korbin Sims[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Jacob Host[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Sam Mataora[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Jake Marketo[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Josh King[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Siliva Havili[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Jaelen Feeney[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Timoteo Lafai[/TD]

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    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    - Pauli Pauli requires 2 more games to reach 50 career games
     
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    HEAD TO HEAD - OVERALL

    Played - 32
    Knights - 10
    Dragons - 22

    HEAD TO HEAD - UOW JUBILEE OVAL

    Played - 7
    Knights - 3
    Dragons - 4

    NRL RECORD (1998-PRESENT)


    Played - 32
    Knights - 10
    Dragons - 22

    HEAD TO HEAD - THE COACHES

    Games - 1
    Nathan Brown - 0
    Paul McGregor - 1

    FACTS AND FIGURES


    * The Knights have lost 7 out of their last 8 games against the Dragons
    * The Knights have lost 11 out of their last 14 games agaisnt the Dragons
    * The Knights have lost their last 3 games against the Dragons at UOW Jubilee Oval
    * These teams have have already played this year with Dragons winning 30-18 (Round 16)
    * The last 3 games between these teams have been pretty one sided and all to the Dragons (22 points, 13 points, 30 points and 12 points)
    * Before that there were 9 straight games decided by 8 points or less
    * The Knights have played 11 away games this year Winning 0 and Losing 11
    * The Dragons have played 11 home games this year Winning 7 and Losing 4
    * The Knights have lost their last 17 games straight
    * The Knights have an overall winning percentage of 31.25% against the Dragons, (Second worst record against all past & present teams)
    * The only team we have a worse record against is Brisbane (29.34%)
    * The average amount of points scored in games between these 2 teams is 43.06 points per game
    * The average Margin of victory in games between these 2 teams is 12.46 points per game


    2016 SEASON STATS


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    16th
    Position
    11th

    279
    Points Scored
    313

    772
    Points Conceded
    512

    47
    Tries Scored
    53

    137
    Tries Conceded
    87

    30,438
    Metres Gained
    35,595

    54
    Line Breaks
    65

    548
    Tackle Breaks
    638

    217
    Errors
    221

    176
    Penalties Conceded
    139

    9,215
    Kick Metres
    11,856

    1
    40/20s
    1

    212
    Offloads
    255

    7,797
    Tackles
    8,061

    835
    Missed Tackles
    604
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    SEASON STATS - RANKINGS


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    16th
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    11th

    15th
    Points Scored
    14th

    16th
    Points Conceded
    10th

    16th
    Tries Scored
    15th

    16th
    Tries Conceded
    10th

    16th
    Metres Gained
    5th

    16th
    Line Breaks
    15th

    15th
    Tackle Breaks
    5th

    11th
    Errors
    12th

    14th
    Penalties Conceded
    2nd

    16th
    Kick Metres
    3rd

    5th
    40/20s
    5th

    12th
    Offloads
    6th

    5th
    Tackles
    2nd

    16th
    Missed Tackles
    6th
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    2016 PLAYER STATS


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    David Bhana

    Games - 7
    Metres - 190
    Tackle Breaks - 4
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 7
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 191
    Missed Tackles - 14
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 0


    Jaelen Feeney

    Games - 4
    Metres - 210
    Tackle Breaks - 2
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Kicks - 4
    Kick Metres - 70
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 47
    Missed Tackles - 13
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 6
    Dane Gagai

    Games - 21
    Metres - 2,537
    Tackle Breaks - 89
    Line Breaks - 7
    Try Assists - 4
    Line Break Assists - 5
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 17
    Tackles - 192
    Missed Tackles - 59
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 24
    Trent Hodkinson

    Games - 22
    Metres - 789
    Tackle Breaks - 15
    Line Breaks - 3
    Try Assists - 11
    Line Break Assists - 9
    Kicks - 140
    Kick Metres - 3,265
    40/20s - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 5
    Offloads - 6
    Tackles - 377
    Missed Tackles - 64
    Tries - 1
    Goals - 45/52 (86.53%)
    Field Goals - 1
    Points - 95
    Errors - 16






    Sam Mataora

    Games - 19
    Metres - 1,680
    Tackle Breaks - 27
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 12
    Offloads - 13
    Tackles - 543
    Missed Tackles - 25
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 6
    Chanel Mata'utia

    Games - 1
    Metres - 51
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 5
    Missed Tackles - 1
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0
    Pat Mata'utia

    Games - 13
    Metres - 1,178
    Tackle Breaks - 27
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 2
    Line Break Assists - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 15
    Tackles - 183
    Missed Tackles - 33
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 9
    Jarrod Mullen

    Games - 13
    Metres - 664
    Tackle Breaks - 23
    Line Breaks - 4
    Try Assists - 7
    Line Break Assists - 4
    Kicks - 111
    Kick Metres - 2,644
    40/20s - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 7
    Offloads - 12
    Tackles - 190
    Missed Tackles - 30
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 10






    Pauli Pauli

    Games - 15
    Metres - 1,371
    Tackle Breaks - 21
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 10
    Offloads - 13
    Tackles - 315
    Missed Tackles - 39
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 8
    Tyler Randell

    Games - 18
    Metres - 600
    Tackle Breaks - 10
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 2
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 477
    Missed Tackles - 22
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 4
    Robbie Rochow

    Games - 8
    Metres - 894
    Tackle Breaks - 9
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 6
    Tackles - 265
    Missed Tackles - 13
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 4
    Daniel Saifiti

    Games - 19
    Metres - 1,964
    Tackle Breaks - 25
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 4
    Offloads - 15
    Tackles - 467
    Missed Tackles - 37
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 7






    Jacob Saifiti

    Games - 17
    Metres - 1,343
    Tackle Breaks - 15
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 6
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 455
    Missed Tackles - 37
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 7
    Korbin Sims

    Games - 21
    Metres - 1,769
    Tackle Breaks - 27
    Line Breaks - 3
    Penalties Conceded - 14
    Offloads - 15
    Tackles - 603
    Missed Tackles - 48
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 8
    Jeremy Smith

    Games - 20
    Metres - 1,325
    Tackle Breaks - 7
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 17
    Offloads - 14
    Tackles - 534
    Missed Tackles - 45
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 5
    Kade Snowden

    Games - 1
    Metres - 28
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 21
    Missed Tackles - 1
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 1






    Akuila Uate

    Games - 10
    Metres - 986
    Tackle Breaks - 17
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 2
    Tackles - 51
    Missed Tackles - 22
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 6
    Lachlan Fitzgibbon

    Games - 5
    Metres - 188
    Tackle Breaks - 1
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 85
    Missed Tackles - 6
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 1
    Danny Levi

    Games - 18
    Metres - 630
    Tackle Breaks - 6
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 11
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 512
    Missed Tackles - 55
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 4
    Nathan Ross

    Games - 18
    Metres - 2,482
    Tackle Breaks - 67
    Line Breaks - 8
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 8
    Offloads - 10
    Tackles - 112
    Missed Tackles - 19
    Tries - 8
    Errors - 10






    Cory Denniss

    Games - 7
    Metres - 556
    Tackle Breaks - 6
    Line Breaks - 3
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 45
    Missed Tackles - 13
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 9
    Mickey Paea

    Games - 15
    Metres - 968
    Tackle Breaks - 4
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 302
    Missed Tackles - 14
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 5
    Sione Mata'utia

    Games - 15
    Metres - 1,708
    Tackle Breaks - 33
    Line Breaks - 3
    Penalties Conceded - 13
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 290
    Missed Tackles - 57
    Tries - 4
    Errors - 8
    Jake Mamo

    Games - 12
    Metres - 1,174
    Tackle Breaks - 19
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 3
    Penalties Conceded - 4
    Offloads - 2
    Tackles - 66
    Missed Tackles - 27
    Tries - 5
    Errors - 13






    Jack Stockwell

    Games - 6
    Metres - 433
    Tackle Breaks - 2
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 5
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 181
    Missed Tackles - 7
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0
    Will Pearsall

    Games - 3
    Metres - 99
    Tackle Breaks - 1
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Kicks - 6
    Kick Metres - 109
    40/20s - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 30
    Missed Tackles - 4
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 2
    Josh King

    Games - 12
    Metres - 686
    Tackle Breaks - 3
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 7
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 250
    Missed Tackles - 17
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 8
    Peter Mata'utia

    Games - 10
    Metres - 901
    Tackle Breaks - 19
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 5
    Offloads - 21
    Tackles - 112
    Missed Tackles - 21
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 6






    Brock Lamb

    Games - 3
    Metres - 146
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Kicks - 30
    Kick Metres - 947
    40/20s - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 62
    Missed Tackles - 8
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 1
    Jack Cogger

    Games - 6
    Metres - 336
    Tackle Breaks - 6
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 2
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Kicks - 37
    Kick Metres - 987
    40/20s - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 128
    Missed Tackles - 12
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 4
    Mitchell Barnett

    Games - 8
    Metres - 1,019
    Tackle Breaks - 22
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 8
    Offloads - 14
    Tackles - 264
    Missed Tackles - 24
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 10
    Brendan Elliot

    Games - 10
    Metres - 714
    Tackle Breaks - 18
    Line Breaks - 4
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 13
    Tackles - 59
    Missed Tackles - 18
    Tries - 6
    Errors - 6






    Dylan Pythian

    Games - 1
    Metres - 18
    Tackle Breaks - 2
    Line Breaks - 1
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Kicks - 1
    Kick Metres - 39
    40/20s - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 10
    Missed Tackles - 1
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 0



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    PREDICTIONS AND PENDING MILESTONES

    Prediction


    St George Illawarra Dragons - 22
    Newcastle Knights
    - 12
    FTS - Jason Nightingale
    LTS - Sione Mata'utia
    MOTM - Tyson Frizell
    Crowd - 11,400

    Pending Milestones

    - Pauli Pauli requires 2 more games to reach 50 career games​
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Not Perenara please Tony. We have had enough punishment for one year.
     
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    We're in such a bad state this season that it would be brave to even tip us against the Dragons. And the Dragons are a basket case.
     
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    Jacob and Daniel as starting props is a nice touch. I'd be happy with that for the next 10 years.

    Phythian gets another run at 14.
    Pat earnt another shot at middle 3 forward, probably lock.

    Feeney getting an extended bench spot is interesting. He has gone well in the halves in reserve grade for 4 or 5 weeks. I hope he has worked on his defence a bit (if he gets a run).
     
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    If he hasn't worked on his defence no one will notice .
     
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    Good to see both Saifiti's start in the forwards, poor bench though. We really need some muscle and experience it's not funny. Jake and Pat should consider themselves lucky, they were crap. I'd give Phythian a run at fullback as there's nothing to lose.
     
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    Knights:

    1. Jake Mamo
    2. Nathan Ross
    3. Dane Gagai
    4. Peter Mata’utia
    5. Brendan Elliot
    6. Jarrod Mullen
    7. Trent Hodkinson
    8. Daniel Saifiti
    9. Tyler Randell
    10. Jacob Saifiti
    11. Sione Mata’utia
    12. Mitch Barnett
    13. Jeremy Smith

    14. Dylan Phythian
    15. Pat Mata’utia
    16. Korbin Sims
    17. Sam Mataora
    18. Josh King
    19. Jaelen Feeney

    Dragons:


    1. Josh Dugan
    2. Kurt Mann
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Taane Milne
    5. Jason Nightingale
    6. Gareth Widdop
    7. Benji Marshall
    8. Leeson Ah Mau
    9. Mitch Rein
    10. Mike Cooper
    11. Tyson Frizell
    12. Ben Creagh
    13. Jack de Belin

    14. Joel Thompson
    15. Will Matthews
    16. Jacob Host
    17. Jake Marketo
    19. Siliva Havili
    20. Timoteo Lafai
    21. Luciano Leilua

     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Another loss will put the cherry on top of the worst nrl season ever.
     
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    What has got into Browny.
    All season he has been very careful to not talk up anyone too much, and now a 20 year old can apparently play anywhere from fullback to second row, despite only playing 5 or 6 games this year.
    I like his potential too, but Brown wants to have his babies I think.
     
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    With three of the brothers in the side I think I will withdraw my bold tip. None of them can tackle. I know I know. Tell me how much Sione has improved but the fact is he hasn't and the brothers have missed 111 tackles between them in 35 games. The only player to miss more than Sione's 57 is Gagai's 59. No wonder we leak points massively.
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Don't speak ill of boy wonder, you'll get jumped on! He's a much better prospect in the second row rather than centre, not much use for centres who can't break the line.

    Has an alarming tendency to tackle with his face. Apart from the several concussions and broken jaw he has already copped I predict depressed cheekbone and orbital fractures in his future if it doesn't change.

    Pete and Pat, urgh. And has anyone sighted Chanel since 2014?
     
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    Perenara again! This is a bigger conspiracy than JFK and MM combined!!!
     
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    Well I think the best part of this game is that we 100% expect to lose, it's a saddening thought when Newcastle has become a team that has no bearing on any results and that i'm not disappointed in the slightest when we lose. I know it's a rebuilding phase and i've come to terms with that, but its sad that it's come to this.
     
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    Dragons v Knights: Schick Preview


    Wed 31 Aug, 2016, 11:00am
    By Jack Brady, National Co
    rrespondent , NRL.com


    The Newcastle Knights are on track to finish the season with the worst record since the Gold Coast Seagulls' year from hell in 1993.

    That season, the Gold Coast won just one game – coincidentally against the Knights.

    Newcastle have matched them this year by winning just once this season, while drawing another, and are potentially starring down the barrel of an 18th straight defeat.

    Despite the Knights' woes, the Dragons have been equally as disappointing over the past fortnight with losses to the lowly-ranked Roosters and Eels.

    The Red V however will be intent on sending out retiring co-captain Ben Creagh as a winner after he was named to start in his first game in over five months.

    Will Matthews, Benji Marshall and Taane Milne have also been named in the Dragons' 17 with Drew Hutchison and the injured Tariq Sims dropping out.

    The Knights welcome back winger Nathan Ross in place of rookie Cory Denniss.

    Korbin Sims has been named on an extended bench alongside Sam Mataora and Josh King with the Saifiti brothers named to feature in the front row.

    Watch out Dragons:

    Ross will go extremely close to winning the Knights' Player of the Year in a couple of weeks' time.

    The winger returns to the sight of his NRL debut last year and will be keen to make up for lost time after missing last week due to suspension.

    Ross has averaged 137.8 metres and 3.7 tackle breaks this season, in one of the few shining lights for Newcastle this season.

    Watch out Knights:

    This weekend is Marshall's final stand.

    Off contract at the end of the season and no chance of remaining at the Dragons, it's the veteran playmaker's final opportunity to prove himself to other NRL clubs.

    Marshall has had a troublesome season thus far due to an ongoing hamstring complaint but has still managed 10 try assists in 15 games.

    Key match-up: Ben Creagh vs. Jeremy Smith

    Former teammates and retiring warhorses, Smith and Creagh will have one final moment in the sun against one another in the NRL.

    Creagh hasn't played since Round 3 following back-to-back knee surgeries and will be raring to go one last time.

    Former Dragon Smith was farewelled at Hunter Stadium last weekend and quite appropriately will get one last hurrah at his old Kogarah haunt.

    The history: Played 32; Dragons 22, Knights 10

    The Dragons have enjoyed playing the Knights in recent seasons.

    The Red V have won 11 of their past 14 over Newcastle, dating back to 2007.

    They last played in Round 16 when the Dragons recorded a 30-18 win at Hunter Stadium.

    What are the odds:

    Sportsbet has seen more money on a draw than on any other regular game, but that could be punters having a laugh given neither side has won lately.

    Dragons 1-12 has been well backed in the winning margin market but there's very little between them in the head-to-head market.

    Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

    Match officials:

    Referee: Henry Perenara
    Assistant Referee: Matt Noyen
    Sideline Officials: Jason Walsh and Adam Reid

    Televised:

    Fox Sports 1 – Live Coverage from 2:25pm.

    The way we see it:

    The Knights will be desperate to end their season on a high after what's been a horror year on the field.

    The Dragons have their own incentives sure, but Newcastle will be hell-bent on ending their 17-game losing streak.

    Not only that, they'll be keen to give Knights fans a glimmer of hope heading into next season.

    Knights by six points.


    http://www.nrl.com/dragons-v-knights-schick-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/100822/default.aspx

     
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    Phythian wants to leave because he misses his girlfriend and wants to be closer to her i.e: Sydney. Browns only ace is to offer him something nobody else will at this stage of his career, first grade! Hope Brown can convince him to stay, but the young fella has a bad case of lovers nuts!

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    Yeah good one.
     

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