2015 NYC Holden Cup

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  1. rhugh89

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    NYC Preview: Knights v Warriors

    Fri 6th March, 09:48AM


    NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

    Date: Saturday March 7
    Kick off: 12.10pm
    Venue: Hunter Stadium
    Broadcast: Live Fox Sports

    Teams:


    NEWCASTLE

    1. Bryce Donovan, 2. Brody Lam, 3. Josh Birch, 4. Braden Robson, 5. Moa Uta, 6. Brock Lamb, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Josh King, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Bradie Smith, 12. Jacob Saifiti, 13. Luke Yates. Bench: Noah Easton, 15. Faitotoa Faitotoa, 16. Ben Steven, 17. Jack Kelly, 18. Ken Tofilau, 19. Ben Stone.

    WARRIORS

    1.Brad Abbey, 2. Tomas Aoake, 3. Marata Niukore, 4 Semisi Tyrell, 5. Paul Ulberg 6. Ata Hingano 7. Erin Clark 8. Bunty Afoa, 9. Nathaniel Roache (c) 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Ofahiki Ogden, 12. Matiu Love-Henry, 13. Jazz Tevaga Interchange: 14. Paul Tuli, 15 Tualima Tualima, 16 Tamati Loane-Niko, 17. Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano, 18. Sheldon Pitama.

    Last time they met:

    The last time the teams met was in the semi-final match at ANZ Stadium when the minor premier Knights were defeated by the Warriors 16-23.

    The loss ended the Knights’ hopes to progress to the 2014 Holden Cup grand final.

    Match Analysis:

    The NYC Knights will be determined to kick-start both the season and the triple header at Hunter Stadium in a positive way when they match up against the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday.

    Team manager Craig Smith says the squad named is a complementing combination of players returning to the NYC in their second year as well as some fresh faces.

    “For us in the under 20s, it’s the defending premiers and that’s no bigger test,” Smith said.

    “It will be a challenge, but we are really happy with the way has trained and prepared.

    “Our whole squad is a fairly strong, so against these big boys we expect to be fairly energetic.

    “We are looking forward to start the day off well."

    Outside backs Jack Cogger, Brock Lamb and Braden Robson are returning to the side after representing in the Australian Schoolboys European tour in November.

    “They should be better for that experience,” Smith added.

    Meanwhile, Danny Levi and Luke Yates re-join their NYC teammates after training fulltime with the NRL squad during the off-season.

    “They look to be our big improvers,” he said.

    “Someone that could jump out of the bag could be Bradie Smith who has just resigned with the Club as well as Josh King.

    “They’ve all shown throughout the summer that they’ve been doing really well.

    “Likewise, Toa Fitoa is a really hard worker and is energetic, so will be interesting to see him play his first game of 20s.”

    Twins Jacob and Daniel Saifiti were praised for a significant transformation, reducing their weight from 135 kilograms to 112 kilograms over an eight month period.

    Round 1 will also be all about ironing out any kinks.

    “They’ve done the hard work to get there and have had really big off-season training wise,” Smith said.

    “If we give the Warriors some of our ball, I think we’ll be in trouble, but if we look after all our ball, I think we’ll be fine, based on how hard we’ve worked.

    “We think we have a squad that wont let us down on lack of effort.”

    Where it will be won:
    Completing their sets

    "It’s all about ball control and getting through sets, kicking long and defending well. That will be the decider at this stage of the season,” Smith said.

    "If we can play mistake free football, we’ll be okay. Giving the Warriors a chance to throw the ball around will hurt any team."

    Last word:

    To mark the reunion of the 1988 Knights, Mick Reid, NYC Knights trainer, who is a Member of the inaugural team, intends to address the young players before they take the field.

    “That’s a big thing for our 20s and the players are going to recognise that on the day,” Smith added.

    “Reidy will have a chat about what the Old Boys and what the Knights mean, so it will be a good start to the year.”


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/03/06/nyc_preview_knights_.html





     
  2. Joshhh

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    That's great, that's what happens when you ignore one of your best players. Should have been given the same treatment as Levi & Yates. I always feared we would lose Pride & Pondekas when Bennett left, so it's strange how things turn out with them leaving for other reasons than Bennett.
     
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    Pondekas was never given a fair go once Bennett and Mulholland announced that they were leaving, I thought he had done enough to at least get a pre- season gig . As far as the under 20s goes he should have been a walk up start but wasn't considered,even after his exceptionally good trial form Pezet and Smith failed to acknowledge him in any any of their post game previews, they definately weren't watching the same games as me and everyone else especially the Bulldogs who must have been watching as well and moved in.
     
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  4. Billy

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    It probably comes down to us not having Tinkler dollars to spend now.
    Both Pride and Harry would have been on a decent whack of Tinkler dollars, and this year we have cut 3.5 million from the budget and have had to update the contracts of Cogger and Lamb, and possibly some other local kids.
    Good luck to Harry. A senior contract is a good outcome for him. Probably a better outcome than a year in NYC for us.
     
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    It will be a tough game tomorrow but I think we will get over the line but you can never be sure in nyc anything can happen. Shame about Harry he looked good. So is Pride still at the club or has he gone/going to?
     
  6. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Pride is definately gone - the club has announced it and his profile is gone from the club website.
    Harry might be gone, but no announcement and profile still on the Knights website.

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    Whoops - just checked the profiles and Harry's has been deleted - it was still there earlier today.
     
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    Hopefully these Saifiti brothers can step up and make a name for themselves, they have the size but do they have anything else, they seem to be getting some mentions. We've lost our 3 best backrowers since last year which sucks, Tapine, Robati and Pondekas were always lethal on the edges and Peni would always be good for some breaks per game not to mention Sione and Mamo so I'm worrying where that edge dominance is going to come from this year. I rate Smith, Yates and Faitotoa but they all seem to be more workers than attackers so our middle should be fine, I hope guys like Tofilau, Birch, Robson, Uta can spark something. We do have some quality backs and probably the best hooker and halves combo in the NYC so they're going to be crucial to our success.
     
  8. Billy

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    14 - 10 to the Warriors after 32 minutes

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    16 - 10 to the warriors

    Levi is captain
    Cogger is co-captain and will obviously take over when Levi is off the field

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    Birch gets his second on 36 minutes

    16 - 16

    our scorers are Daniel Safiti and Birch x 2 - Donovan 2 from 3 conversions

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    16 all at halftime

    Knights have gone with the very small bench of Kelly, Steven, Faitotoa and Stone
     
  9. The Artist Formerly Known as Aku'd

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    Safiti brothers are huge and make nice meters. Obviously way to soon but they're matching and beating a bigger pack
     
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    Levi scores a trademark dummy half scoot try on 42 minutes - in under the posts.

    20 - 16 to the knights

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    22 - 16 on 43 minutes
     
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    Knights lead 28-16 67 minutes gone.

    Yates is having a great game.

    Donovan is kicking well
     
  12. Billy

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    Big run from Yates to score under the posts

    Knights 26 - 16 Warriors after 67
     
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    King is another player that has done well today. The Safiti brothers are troubling the Warriors defence in almost every run they take
     
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    28 - 16

    12 minutes to go - which is potentially 4 tries in NYC

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    Donovan kicks a field goal on 73 minutes to give us a 13 point lead.
    That should be enough for last year's minor premiers (us) to beat last year's major premiers (them)
    Bloody good win first up.

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    Lamb scores

    35 - 16

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    Yates scores again on 79

    41 - 16
     
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    Yates was outstanding. Levi and Lamb also, but a great all round performance. Warriors really tired in that second half and our fitness shone through. Great start to the season.
     
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    In other games earlier this week:

    Brisbane 36 (P Byrnes, Jai Arrow, N Terupe, J Nikorima, T Wolens, Ash Taylor, S Lavea)

    Souths 10 (I Simone, A Chrichton)

    Manly 54 (Tom Trbojevic 4, Jesse Ramien 2, Mitch Thomas 2, Jesse Maxwell, def. Parra 26 (Aaron Pene 2, Reimis Smith 2, Abbas Miski
     
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    As far as I know he is in Melbourne. His manager was involved and I believe he will be back playing SOMEWHERE in a few weeks?
     
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    NYC Knights roll over Warriors

    Sat 7th March, 01:08PM

    In an end-to-end battle between the NYC reigning premiers and minor premiers, the Newcastle Knights came out 41-16 winners over the New Zealand Warriors in perfect conditions on Saturday afternoon at Hunter Stadium.

    The young Knights put in a promising performance that bodes well for the season ahead, despite losing such heavyweights as Jake Mamo, James Taylor, Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Joseph Tapine to NSW Cup.

    The Knights started poorly however, dropping the ball and conceding a penalty 20-metres out from their own line in quick succession.

    Warriors winger Tomas Aoake made them pay, barging over in the left corner with only three minutes played. Mafoa'aeata Hingano was unable to convert from the sideline, the score 4-0.

    Aoake came close again two minutes later, collecting a towering bomb only to be bustled out of play by the Knights' defence.

    The young Knights were struggling to find any sort of attacking impetus, even though their opponents were gifting them multiple penalties.

    In the 15th minute the home side finally clicked, co-captain Brock Lamb flicking a ball on for fullback Bryce Donovan to score. Donovan's kick screwed wide, the score poised at 4-4 with 23 minutes to play.

    The Knights struck again five minutes later, Donovan directing a grubber down the left side for centre Josh Birch to pounce onto. Donovan was unerring in his conversion this time for the Knights to lead 10-4.

    The Warriors didn't take long to retaliate, fullback Brad Abbey breaking through the centre to give Hingano an easy try beneath the uprights.

    Hingano again added the extras, the score 10-10 with twelve minutes to play in the first half.

    The Warriors broke the deadlock five minutes later with lock Jazz Tevaga proving too much of a handful through the middle with a penetrating run.

    Hingano made the score 16-10.

    With the Knights were finding themselves with the minority of possession, Birch came to the rescue with his second try on the left edge.

    Donovan again placed his kick well, the score locked at 16-16 when the half-time siren sounded.

    Captain Danny Levi started the scoring in the second half, scooting over from dummy-half with two minutes gone.

    Donovan continued his solid conversion record, the score now 22-16.

    Luke Yates made no mistakes with 12 minutes to play, busting through the middle to run 40 metres and score beneath the uprights.

    Donovan again converted to make the score 28-16.

    Donovan opted for a field goal when given space three minutes later, earning his side a 13-point buffer with six minutes to play.

    Lamb showed some individual class in the following set, throwing a dummy to slip through the line and give his side another try.

    Donovan made it five conversions from six attempts to give the Knights a 35-16 lead.

    The Knights weren't done though, Yates crossing over to bag his second of the match with seconds left on the clock.

    Lamb converted with Donovan succumbing to cramps, for the Knights to record a 41-16 win over the Warriors.

    Birch was the major injury concern following the win, he will require scans on his ankle this week.

    SUMMARY

    Newcastle Knights - 41 (T: Birch 2, Yates 2, Donovan, Levi, Lamb; G: Donovan 5/6, Lamb 1/1, FG: Donovan 1)

    New Zealand Warriors - 16


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/03/07/nyc_knights_win_open.html





     
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    Well he played at Melbourne for 4 years or so before coming here so that would probably be the most probable club to go to. Wouldn't be surprised if the dogs or roosters steal him though
     
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    Player poaching

    He was contracted for six years at the age of 14 yrs and went to Melbourne for three seasons at 15 yrs before transfering to Newcastle a year ago. No doubt he will sound Melbourne out, or rather his manager will. The Dogs have taken some former young Storm players this season. Of course the Dogs are after Sione and his two brothers too. Haven't heard about any Rooster signings of NYC players. This is Pride's last season at NYC; same with Pondekas.

    Good performance by Knights NYC today. Those twins are big boys!
     

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