Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Lower Grades' started by chewie, Oct 22, 2018.
10-0 to the Knights after 16 minutes - try to lock Crouch, goal to Pezet
10-6 after 25 minutes
10-6 lead at halftime.
16-6 - 22 minutes to go - try to 5/8 Henderson, goal to Pezet.
16-6 - 7 minutes to go
Knights fullback is off for HIA and 5/8 went off in the first few minutes - so we are 2 spine players down, and halfback Pezet is playing his first game in a few months.
20-6 with 3 minutes to go - winger Charlie Thompson scores his second.
fulltime Knights win 20-6
the second semi to decide who we play in the GF is later today.
Great win boys !!
Bulldogs won 36-30 in the other Mathews final - so Knights V Bulldogs grandfinal.
A good result for us because Souths were the only side to beat us this year and we beat the Bulldogs twice, including in the first final 2 games ago.
Having said that, our win against the Bulldogs in the first final was hard fought and we only went ahead in the last 10 minutes.
Glory awaits for top Defensive Teams
The Newcastle Knights (82 pts conceded) and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (108 pts conceded) finished the regular season with the two best defensive records. Both sides will now face off at Bankwest Stadium for the UNE Harold Matthews Cup trophy after securing victory in their respective grand final qualifiers on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights earned the first spot in next week’s grand final with a 20-6 win over the Penrith Panthers at St Marys Leagues Stadium. The minor premiers scored the opening 2 tries of the match through winger Charlie Thompson and no. 13 Lachlan Crouch.
Winger Jecii Pritchard scored the sole try for the Panthers in the 23rd minute, bringing the halftime score to 10-6.
Mitchell Henderson got over try line just two minutes into the 2nd half to increase the deficit, while Thompson scored his 2nd try at the 56-minute mark in what was another solid defensive display from Newcastle.
In a very different contest, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs earned a narrow yet high-scoring 36-30 win over a dangerous South Sydney outfit at Campbelltown Stadium.
Despite conceding a 2nd minute try to Rabbitohs fullback Joseph Suaalii, the Bulldogs scored 4 tries in 11 minutes, including an Iverson Teo double for a 22-6 lead. South Sydney brought the margin to 4 points at the break with tries to centre Luca Ace-Nasteski and second rower William Taliai.
With both sides scoring two converted tries in the 2nd half and a 59th minute penalty goal to Trieste Winitana, the Bulldogs were able hold on for a 6-point win.
Now that the Knights and Bulldogs are on a grand final collision course as the best defensive teams, and if the adage of ‘defence wins premierships’ is anything to go by, the two sides are sure to be in a for gritty affair.
The grandfinals of the girls under 18s and boys under 16s will be on at the new stadium at Parramatta from 11 am next Saturday.
If I wasn't so lazy i'd go to that, just to see the new stadium and watch us win 2 grandfinals.
Backrower Max Bradbury was outstanding across the board and proved a handful in the Knights 20-6 win against the Panthers.
Jonah Pezet was pin-point with the boot, playing out an exceptional kicking game.
At halftime there was just four points in it (10-6) but the Knights dominated through the middle, ran easy yards to keep their opponents scoreless in the second half.
Knights winger Charlie Thompson impressed out wide on debut and recorded the double.
The U16s will play the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the grand final on Saturday.
Knights 20 (Thompson 2, Crouch, Henderson) def Panthers 6
Max Bradbury and Jonah Pezet are the real class acts in under 16s this year. Good to read they are standing up at the right time.
There are 6 or 7 others who are very good, but Bradbury and Pezet are the Sione and TPJ or the Cogger and Lamb or the Tom Starling and Brodie Jones equivalents of this year's team.
Bradbury and Pezet have been excellent but I think Noah Nailagoliva has been the best all year, especially when you consider he wasn't normally a dummy half at club level.
Very impressed with him and the fullback and a few others as well, but I think Bradbury and Pezet are the two that are most likely to win us the GF.
1. Chris Veaila,
2. Brody Perry,
3. Travis Petersen,
4. Fletchers Myers,
5. Charlie Thompson,
6. Mitch Henderson
7. Jonah Pezet,
8. Noah Reed,
9. Noah Nailagoliva,
10. Angus Crosbie,
11. Max Bradbury,
12. Oryn Keeley,
13. Lachlan Crouch.
Interchange. 15. Jacob Davis, 16. Taj Ridley, 17. Macauley Aoake, 22. Riley Cullen,
Same team as last week except Taj Blackman is out, Mitch Henderson goes from bench to starting 5/8 and Riley Cullen comes into the side.
Last week Blackman was injured in the first few minutes and was replaced by Henderson, so in effect, it's the same side that was so effective against Penrith.
We beat Canterbury in round 1 of the comp 42-6 with only 3 different players - only 1 change to the starting side and 2 new players on the bench.
On the other hand, Canterbury have changed and improved a lot over the season, and gave us one of our closest games 3 weeks ago in the first final, with us winning 22-16 and only getting the lead with 10 minutes to go.
Classic matchup between the best team all season (Us) and the biggest improvers over the season (them).
The big difference between this game and the close game 3 weeks ago is that Pezet was out for the last matchup, and he is a very cluey halfback, playmaker and game manager who makes us a much better side.
This will be our 3rd grandfinal in 4 years in Mathews, and 5th in 8 years.
In 2012 we lost the grandfinal by 7 points despite Sione Mataútia scoring 3 tries and TPJ 1 try.
In 2014 we won with Hudson Young, Pasami Saulo, Brodie Jones, Tom Starling, Braydon Musgrove, Matt Cooper, Brendon O'Hagan, Kurtis Dark, Sam McIntyre etc all steamrolling all opposition.
In 2016 and 17 we won 1 and lost 1 with players like Crossland, Madden, Best, Buderus, Davis, Purcell, Gardner, Harry Croker etc.
Missed out in 2018
2019 is not quite as good as the 2014 squad, but as good as any of the others.
Beau Dwyer goes Into final 17 Pushing Cullen to 18th man
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