Holden Cup Semi Final - Newcastle Knights v New Zealand Warriors

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    HOLDEN CUP SEMI-FINAL


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    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH

    KICKOFF - 5:15PM

    VENUE - ALLIANZ STADIUM, SYDNEY

    LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 FROM 5PM


    NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS LINE UP:

    1. Jake Mamo
    2. Bryce Donovan
    3. Sione Mata’utia
    4. Chance Peni
    5. Braden Robson
    6. Brock Lamb
    7. Jaelen Feeney
    8. Jah Pakau
    9. Danny Levi (c)
    10. Luke Yates
    11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    12. Joseph Tapine
    13. Joseph Boyce

    14. James De Saxe
    15. Pride Petterson-Robati
    16. Tuiala Togitasi
    17. James Taylor


    NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS LINE UP:


    1. Brad Abbey
    2. Ngataua Hukatai
    3. Nathaniel Roache
    4. Solomone Kata
    5. Metia Lisati
    6. Tuimoala Lolohea
    7. Mason Lino
    8. Sam Lisone
    9. Kurt Robinson
    10. Kouma Samson
    11. Marata Niukore
    12. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard
    13. Jazz Tevaga

    14. James Bell
    15. Toafofoa Sipley
    16. Ken Maumalo
    17. Iulio Afoa
    20. Ofahiki Ogen



    All discussion on the game in this thread. Pre-match predictions, live score updates & post-match thoughts
     
  2. Hamish171

    Hamish171 Adam Woolnough

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    I reckon we can smash them! After last weeks embarrassment, I'm feeling good the boys will get back to their best!

    Knights- 44

    Warriors- 24
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    And Hamish it was just that - an embarrassment.

    Worst game of the season and still could dragged it out of the fire - if that backrower had not grabbed the fullback to impede him. Better day ahead!!!!
     
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    NYC in the sheds: Danny Levi

    Mon 15th September, 02:49PM

    NYC Newcastle Knights’ captain Danny Levi says his side will focus on eliminating errors as it approaches the next round of the finals after a loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons in the qualifying final played on Saturday.

    “I’m obviously disappointed, we went out with high hopes and I knew St George were going to start out hard and fast, but we didn’t quite match that today,” Levi told Knights TV after the match at Allianz Stadium.


    “We were giving ourselves a lot of errors, but we did stick in and it was a pretty close score line still.


    “We sort of killed ourselves, but I’m sure the boys will be able to turn it around.


    “We’ll make sure next week we’ll do better.


    “We just have to make sure we pick it back up."


    The young hooker also spoke about the possibility of facing the New Zealand Warriors in the following match.


    “It’s just another challenge we need to face, who ever it is, we’ll be up to it.”


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/09/15/nyc_in_the_sheds_danny_levi_.html






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    NYC in the sheds: Jaelen Feeney

    Mon 15th September, 12:20PM

    The Newcastle NYC Knights have received a timely wake up call that’s sure to motivate the team coming into the second week of the finals against the New Zealand Warriors after going down to the St George Illawarra Dragons in Saturday’s qualifying final.

    The Knights approached Saturday’s finals match with confidence after beating the Dragons last week, at Hunter Stadium, a win that earned them the minor premiership.


    However, the Dragons came out firing from the get go and put the Knights on the back step to finish the game with a 30-22 win.


    Jaelen Feeney spoke to Knights TV after the match and said changes in the Dragons' game strategy caught the side off-guard.


    "They were definitely a more stronger, aggressive pack and came through our middle a lot more than last time, they tried to go around us," he said.


    "There were a lot of big game changes, and it turned the game on us pretty quickly.


    "It’s a bit shattering being so close to the semis, and having that week off would ensure a little bit of peace.


    "It would have been good to get the win.


    "A lot of things didn’t go our way, there were some 50/50 calls we didn’t get which made it tough for ourselves a couple of times in the game.


    "We showed the ticker to come back in the end, but I reckon we’re going to be pumped up for next week.


    "We’re not going to go out and show the same performance we did today."


    Following the game, Feeney spoke about the prospect of playing the Warriors in the next finals match and described the team as being elusive around the ruck.


    "I know that we’re not going to show the same performance that we did today, so whoever we verse, they better be ready for us to come hard," he said.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/09/15/nyc_in_the_sheds_jaelen_feeney.html




     
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    NYC in the sheds: Lachlan Fitzgibbon

    Mon 15th September, 04:33PM

    NYC Knight Lachlan Fitzgibbon said although his side was prepared for the St George Illawarra Dragons to be steadfast on redemption, the Knights failed to claw back after the opposition acquired an early lead.

    “We knew they’d be coming out harder because of last week, we had the win up there,” Fitzgibbon said.


    “We knew they had a couple of boys come back and knew they were going to be strong and come out firing.


    “They did that and we were down 12 nil so we had to fight our way back into it and we couldn’t get it done in the end.


    “I’m definitely a bit disappointed after the game, but it was upbeat in the sheds I guess, we have another week next week to get at it again and make a difference and move into the finals a bit further."


    The experience of playing at Allianz Stadium and warming up at the historical Sydney Cricket Ground was a highlight for the young forward.


    “It’s pretty surreal to be honest, I haven’t been here before, so it was good warming up there and hope to be back here.”


    The Knights now head back to Allianz Stadium to face the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday at 5.15pm for the next round of the finals.


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/09/15/nyc_in_the_sheds_lachlan_fitzgibbon.html




     
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    All year we have had this slow start problem.
    Half the time I think it's because our starting forwards aren't as good as our bench guys and we don't get started till the bench comes on - and half the time I think it's because we were top of the table and the team to beat all year and the opposition is always fired up for a big game, while we are always a bit complacent at first.

    Anyway, for whatever reason, we can't afford this slow start **** anymore. Three more games to go, and we have to start all 3 like we have to win in 20 minutes.
     
  7. Bob

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    I think the forwards are doing the job they are tiring out the opposition then when our bench comes on they just finish the job, coach is smart with having such a strong bench. We are going to need the big forwards this week to muscle up against the big boys in the warriors team. How many tried do you see thru the middle they are usally on our sides thats where we need to strenghten up. Thou i don't think the coach should change the team as the boys did well they had a few bad calls made against them and we have to lose a game to give us a wake up call.

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    I think you are right here the boys needed that lost on the weekend i think they will come back hungry for the win.
     
  8. Hamish171

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    Thanks Bob, and also welcome to the forum :D.

    I do also agree they will be hungry for that win on the weekend, after the lacklustre effort against the Saints.
     
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    unchanged side named

    That probably doesn't mean anything.

    If they are going to make changes they will probably keep it to themselves till game day anyway.
     
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    I have a feeling Pondekas may have been suspended in our last game v Brisbane
     
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    Finals Week 2:

    1. Jake Mamo
    2. Bryce Donovan
    3. Sione Mata’utia
    4. Chance Peni
    5. Braden Robson
    6. Brock Lamb
    7. Jaelen Feeney
    8. Jah Pakau
    9. Danny Levi (c)
    10. Luke Yates
    11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    12. Joseph Tapine
    13. Joseph Boyce

    Interchange:

    14. James De Saxe
    15. Pride Petterson-Robati
    16. Tuiala Togitasi
    17. James Taylor
     
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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    We're also full strength in the under 20's bar Pondekas. We weren't normally a team to pack up under pressure after we lost a game in the regular season besides maybe 1 down patch which didn't last long. We'll learn from our loss against the Dragons and go into this game fresh, strong and determined.

    Knights by 14.
     
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    Just had a look at the team, im surprised to see no pondekas and also birch as well. I'm assuming these boys must be injured? as they were 2 of the knights best all year.
     
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    Holden Cup preview: Knights v Warriors

    By Tony Webeck
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    12:58pm Wed 17th September, 2014


    A week after the Knights were crowned Holden Cup minor premiers and the Warriors were elevated into the finals on for-and-against ahead of two other teams after a sideline conversion earned them a draw in Round 26, these two teams put their seasons on the line on Saturday evening.

    Clearly the best side in the competition throughout the regular season, the Knights were last week bolstered by the returns of RLPA NYC Player of the Year Sione Mata'utia and Jake Mamo yet were left stunned by the Dragons 30-22 having beaten them convincingly less than seven days earlier.

    The Roosters had finished just one point outside the top four but were last week sent packing by the eighth-placed Warriors who ran rampant in racing out to a 44-18 lead before conceding a couple of late tries to win 44-30.

    The return of Tuimoala Lolohea from the NSW Cup team to the under-20s provided a great foil for halfback Mason Lino while powerhouse front-rower and co-captain Sam Lisone scored twice.

    Knights coach Mick Crawley – the NYC Coach of the Year – has named the same 17 that went down to the Dragons last week with prop James Taylor to start on the bench having made a mid-season switch to the Knights from the Warriors.

    Regular season:

    Knights: 17 wins, five losses, two draws (1st)

    Warriors: 12 wins, 11 losses, one draw (8th)


    Key match-up:

    Joseph Tapine (Knights) v Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard (Warriors)

    When Holden Cup defences can be exposed in the manner in which they often are, having powerful ball-runners on the edges who are also capable of playing with the footy are a sure-fire way to try-scoring opportunities.

    Twenty-year-old Tapine has been given a taste of the NRL this season with seven games in the top grade while Tuimavave-Gerrard is not only adept at getting away on offload on the right edge but also isn't afraid to look for opportunities in the middle, as he showed last week with his try against the Roosters.

    If the edges start to get stretched, these two young men will be the ones to slice their way through.

    2014 results:

    Warriors 34 def. Knights 22 (Rd 12); Knights 40 def. Warriors 34 (Rd 22)


    Knights coach Mick Crawley:

    "It was a difficult one for us because we played the Dragons two weeks in a row.

    "We played them at home and beat them comprehensively and as much as I talked about the fact that they were going to be a lot more intense in the semi-final, I don't think the players really realise that until they get out on the field.

    "In the first few minutes it was easy to see that they'd turned up with a totally different mindset and we were struggling to hold on.

    "The last time we had Joe Tapine, Jake Mamo and Sione Mata'utia playing together we played Cronulla who were down the bottom of the ladder and we had a draw.

    "With those three boys we try to let them come back in and just play their role but Sione is naturally a good talker anyway but in our group he doesn't have to do all the talking.

    "The Warriors are big across the park, they run hard, they're athletic and they unload the ball so our defence is going to have to be really strong and we're going to have to look after possession and be more disciplined than we were against the Dragons.

    "When you play the Warriors it's a matter of taking opportunities when they're there and limiting the amount of possession you give them in your end.

    "It's a pretty easy game plan but doing it's going to be a lot tougher than that."

    Warriors coach Stacey Jones:

    "We got into the finals on the back of a sideline conversion from our captain Mason Lino and had a good win last week so there's a bit of confidence and I think we deserved to be in the eight.

    "The biggest thing for us is making sure we're mentally fresh and prepared and you do ride the wave of how good it was to win and to be in Sydney at this time of year and knowing that there are a lot of teams that aren't involved.

    "The Knights are a team that can turn a game real quick and put points on quite easily and we certainly know that they have got some key players that can do some damage.

    "Jake Mamo is a handful, Joseph Tapine is a handful out on their edge, Sione Mata'utia and what he's gained from playing NRL and their hooker Danny Levi, who is central to most of their plays.

    "You're not going to stop him but you can do your best to limit what he can do."


    http://www.nrl.com/holden-cup-previ...4/newsid/81948/default.aspx?cid=NRL_HP_Latest

     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I think our Kiwis are the guys who will step up most - Levi, Tapine, Peni and Petersen_Robati are some of our best performers in most games, and I can see them going even better against the Warriors.
     
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    Mail is Tapine will struggle to play this weekend and Smith will come into the back row.
     
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    no tapine??that could be a big loss. i would have thought pondekas would have come in instead of smith???????
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Smith is ok I suppose, but if Tapine and Pondekas are not options i'd move Yates to lock, Boyce to second row and add Koopu to the bench.
     
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    I would have thought Pondekas over Smith???
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Last time we played the Warriors Pondekas scored 2 tries, and I thought he was one of our best, behind Lamb and Levi.
     

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