ROUND 16: Knights v Eels @ Pirtek Stadium

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  1. Junior11

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    ROUND 16

    SUNDAY JUNE 29
    @ Pirtek Stadium

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    KNIGHTS
    POSITION: 15th
    LAST 5: W L L L L
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    Parramatta
    EELS
    POSITION: 8th
    LAST 5: L W W L W

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    Kick Off: 3:00 PM
    DELAYED BROADCAST: 4:00 PM ON CHANNEL 9/NBN

    Referees: Jared Maxwell & Henry Perenera

    Sideline Referees: Jason Walsh & Steve Carrall

    Video Referees: Steve Clark & Luke Phillips


    #NRLPARNEW
    #RISEFORALEX

    LOWER GRADES BEFORE NRL KICK OFF
    HOLDEN CUP: Knights v Eels @ 12.45 PM

    NSW CUP: Knights v Magpies, SUNDAY 3.00 PM @ No. 2 Sportsground, Newcastle

    TICKET PURCHASE & GAME DAY INFORMATION HERE


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    1. Darius Boyd
    2. James McManus 3. Dane Gagai 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Akuila Uate
    6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Kurt Gidley (c)
    8. David Fa'alogo 9. Adam Clydsdale 10. Willie Mason
    11. Beau Scott 12. Robbie Rochow 13. Jeremy Smith

    14. Tyrone Roberts 15. Korbin Sims 17. Kade Snowden 18. Chris Houston
    19. Joseph Tapine




    Eels Line Up: 1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Semi Radradra 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Willie Tonga 5. Vai Toutai 6. Corey Norman 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Junior Paulo 11. Ken Edwards 12. Pauli Pauli 13. Joseph Paulo

    14. David Gower 15. Mitchell Allgood 16. Peni Terepo 17. Darcy Lussick
    18. Kelepi Tanginoa



    KEY KNIGHTS MILESTONES

    • DANE GAGAI WILL PLAY HIS 50th GAME FOR THE KNIGHTS
    • JAMES MCMANUS REQUIRES
    3 TRIES TO BECOME OUR 7th HIGHEST EVER TRY SCORER



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

     
  2. rhugh89

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    Stats - Round 16, 2014 - Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels @ Pirtek Stadium


    Head to Head

    Played - 44

    Knights - 24

    Eels - 19

    Drawn - 1

    At Pirtek Stadium

    Played - 20

    Knights - 6

    Eels - 13

    Drawn - 1

    NRL Record (1998 - Current)


    Played - 29

    Knights - 16

    Eels - 13

    Battle of the Coaches - Wayne Bennett vs Brad Arthur

    Games - 0

    Wayne Bennett - 0

    Brad Arthur - 0

    Facts and Figures - Teams

    * The Knights have won their last 5 games against the Eels

    * The Knights have won 6 out of their last 8 games against the Eels

    * The Knights have only beaten the Eels at Pirtek Stadium 6 times since 1988

    * The Knights have only won 1 game away from home this year from 8 attempts

    * The Knights have won 3 out of their last 6 games against the Eels at Pirtek Stadium

    * Last time these teams net at Pirtek Stadium the Knights won 20-12 (Round 17, 2012)

    * The average amount of points scored in games between these 2 teams is 38.86 points per game (High Scoring)

    * The average Margin of victory in games between these 2 teams is 14.13 points per game (One Sided)

    * 4 out of the last 5 games between these 2 teams has been decided by 8 points or less

    * The exception was the Knights huge win in round 26 last year (54-6)

    Facts and Figures - Players

    * Akuila Uate has scored 4 tries in his 7 games against the Eels

    * Akuila Uate has made 1,407m in his 11 games this season at an average of 127.90m per game

    * Akuila Uate has made 40 tackle breaks in his 11 games this season at an average of 3.63 tackle breaks per game

    * Akuila Uate has made 12 errors in his 11 games this season at an average of 1.1 error per game

    * Akuila Uate has scored 9 tries in his 11 games this season

    * Akuila Uate has made 9 line breaks in his 11 games this season

    * Akuila Uate has missed 34 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 3.09 missed tackles per game

    * Darius Boyd has scored 2 tries in his 12 games against the Eels

    * Darius Boyd has made 1,195m in his 11 games this season at an average of 108.63m per game

    * Darius Boyd has made 27 tackle breaks in his 11 games this season at an average of 2.45 tackle breaks per game

    * Darius Boyd has made 8 errors in his 11 games this season at an average of 0.72 errors per game

    * Darius Boyd has missed 8 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 0.72 missed tackles per game

    * Darius Boyd has made 3 line breaks and scored 2 tries in his 11 games this season

    * Darius Boyd has produced 4 try assists and 3 line break assists in his 11 games this season

    * Dane Gagai has scored 2 tries in his 3 games against the Eels

    * Dane Gagai has made 2,060m in his 14 games this season at an average of 147.14m per game

    * Dane Gagai has made 110m or more in his last 11 games straight

    * Dane Gagai has made 61 tackle breaks in his 14 games this season at an average of 4.35 tackle breaks per game

    * Dane Gagai has made 11 errors in his 14 games this season at an average of 0.78 errors per game

    * Dane Gagai has missed 52 tackles in his 14 games this season at an average of 3.71 missed tackles per game

    * Dane Gagai has made 8 line breaks in his 14 games this season

    * Dane Gagai has scored 5 tries in his 14 games this season

    * James McManus has scored 5 tries in his 8 games against the Eels

    * James McManus has made 1,533m in his 14 games this season at an average of 109.5m per game

    * James McManus has scored 4 tries and made 4 line breaks in his 14 games this season

    * James McManus has made 22 tackle breaks in his 14 games this season at an average of 1.57 tackle breaks per game

    * James McManus has made 11 errors in his 14 games this season at an average of 0.78 errors per game

    * James McManus has missed 9 tackles in his 14 games this season at an average of 0.64 missed tackles per game

    * BJ Leilua has scored 2 tries in his 3 games against the Eels

    * BJ Leilua has made 1,339m in his 12 games this season at an average of 111.58m per game

    * BJ Leilua is averaging 10.14m per run this season


    * BJ Leilua has made 48 tackle breaks in his 12 games this season at an average of 4 tackle breaks per game

    * BJ Leilua has 5 line breaks and scored 5 tries in his 12 games this season

    * BJ Leilua has made 20 errors in his 12 games this season at an average of 1.66 errors per game

    * BJ Leilua has missed 15 tackles in his 12 games this year at an average of 1.25 missed tackles per game


    * Kurt Gidley has scored 3 tries in his 12 games against the Eels

    * Kurt Gidley has kicked 19 conversions in his 12 games against the Eels

    * Kurt Gidley has amassed 50 points in his 12 games against the Eels

    * Kurt Gidley has made 821m in his 14 games this season at an average of 58.64m per game

    * Kurt Gidley has made 481 tackles in his 14 games this season at an average of 34.35 tackles per game

    * Kurt Gidley has missed 34 tackles in his 14 games this season at an average of 2.42 missed tackles per game

    * Kurt Gidley has made 11 errors in his 14 games this season at an average of 0.78 errors per game

    * Kurt Gidley has made 1 line break and scored 1 try in his 14 games this season

    * Kurt Gidley has produced 1 line break assist and 1 try assist in his 14 games this season

    * Beau Scott has made 802m in his 11 games this season at an average of 72.90m per game

    * Beau Scott has made 22 offloads in his 11 games this season at an average of 2 offloads per game


    * Beau Scott has made 5 line breaks and scored 3 tries in his 11 games this season

    * Beau Scott has made 21 tackle breaks in his 11 games this season at an average of 1.9 tackle breaks per game

    * Beau Scott has made 265 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 24.09 tackles per game

    * Beau Scott has made 11 errors in 11 games this season at an average of 1 error per game

    * Beau Scott has missed 26 tackles in 11 games this season at an average of 2.36 missed tackles per game

    * Jeremy Smith has made 829m in his 11 games this season at an average of 75.36m per game

    * Jeremy Smith has made 267 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 24.27 tackles per game

    * Jeremy Smith has missed 23 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 1.21 missed tackles per game

    * Jeremy Smith has made 2 errors in his 11 games this season at an average of 0.11 errors per game

    * Jeremy Smith has made 2 line breaks and score 2 tries in his 11 games this season

    * Adam Cuthbertson has made 1,253m in 10 games this season at an average of 125.3m per game

    * Adam Cuthbertson has made 299 tackles in 10 games this season at an average of 29.9 tackles per game

    * Adam Cuthbertson has only missed 11 tackles in 10 games this season at an average of 1.1 missed tackles per game

    * Adam Cuthbertson has only made 2 errors in 10 games this season at an average of 0.2 errors per game

    * Adam Cuthbertson has made 22 offloads in 10 games this season at an average of 2.2 offloads per game

    * Chris Houston has made 908m in his 11 games this season at an average of 82.45m per game

    * Chris Houston has made 396 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 36 tackles per game

    * Chris Houston has missed 26 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 2.36 missed tackles per game

    * Chris Houston has made 5 errors in his 11 games this season at an average of 0.45 errors per game

    * Willie Mason has made 1,146m in his 12 games this season at an average of 95.5m per game

    * Willie Mason has made 225 tackles in his 12 games this season at an average of 18.75 tackles per game


    * Willie Mason has missed 8 tackles in his 12 games this season at an average of 0.4 missed tackles per game

    * Willie Mason has made 2 errors in his 12 games this season at an average of 0.12 errors per game

    * Tyrone Roberts has made 804m in his 14 games this season at an average of 57.42m per game


    * Tyrone Roberts has made 28 tackle breaks in his 14 games this season at an average of 2 tackle breaks per game

    * Tyrone Roberts has produced 8 try assists in his 14 games this season

    * Tyrone Roberts has produced 9 line break assists in his 14 games this season

    * Tyrone Roberts has made 11 errors in his 14 games this season at an average of 0.78 errors per game

    * Tyrone Roberts has missed 56 tackles in 14 games this season at an average of 4 missed tackles per game

    * Tyrone Roberts has made 5 line breaks and scored 5 tries in his 14 games this season

    * Robbie Rochow has made 1,241m in his 14 games this season at an average of 88.64m per game

    * Robbie Rochow has made 391 tackles in his 14 games this season at an average of 27.92 tackles per game

    * Robbie Rochow has made 4 line breaks and scored 3 tries in his 14 games this season

    * Robbie Rochow has missed 49 tackles in his 14 games this season at an average of 3.5 missed tackles per game

    * Robbie Rochow has only made 5 errors in his 14 games this season at an average of 0.35 errors per game

    * Korbin Sims has made 936m in his 10 games this season at an average of 93.6m per game

    * Korbin Sims has missed 20 tackles in his 10 games this season at an average of 2 missed tackles per game

    * Korbin Sims has only made 4 errors in his 10 games this season at an average of 0.4 errors per game

    * korbin sims has made 11 tackle breaks in his 10 games this season at an average of 1.1 tackle breaks per game

    * Kade Snowden has made 1,168m in his 11 games this season at an average of 106.1m per game

    * Kade Snowden has made 275 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 25 tackles per game

    * Kade Snowden has only made 4 errors in his 11 games this season at an average of 0.36 errors per game

    * Kade Snowden has missed 23 tackles in his 11 games this season at an average of 2.09 missed tackles per game

    * David Fa'alogo has made 721m in his 9 games this season at an average of 80.11m per game

    * David Fa'alogo has made 176 tackles in his 9 games this season at an average of 19.55 tackles per games

    * David Fa'alogo has only missed 8 tackles in his 9 games this season at an average of 0.88 missed tackles per game

    * David Fa'alogo has only made 1 error in his 9 games this season at an average of 0.11 errors per game

    * Jake Mamo has made 547m in his 4 games this season at an average of 136.75m per game

    * Jake Mamo has made 10 tackle breaks in his 4 games this season at an average of 2.5 tackle breaks per game

    * Jake Mamo has only made 3 errors in his 4 games this season at an average of 0.75 errors per game

    * Jake Mamo has made 2 line breaks and scored 1 try in his 4 games this season

    * Joseph Tapine has made 238m in his 4 games this season at an average of 59.5m per game

    * Joseph Tapine has made 76 tackles in his 4 games this season at an average of 19 tackles per game

    * Joseph Tapine has missed 5 tackles in his 4 games this season at an average of 1.1 missed tackles per game

    * Joseph Tapine has made 2 errors in his 4 games this season at an average of 0.5 errors per game

    * Joseph Tapine has made 4 tackle breaks in his 4 games this season at an average of 1 tackle break per game

    * In his only appearance so far Paterika Vaivai made 28m and 8 tackles in 10 minutes on the field

    * Jarrod Mullen has made 426m in his 9 games this season at an average of 47.33m per game

    * Jarrod Mullen has made 20 tackle breaks in his 9 games this season at an average of 2.2 tackle breaks per game

    * Jarrod Mullen has made 6 errors his 9 games this season at an average of 0.66 errors per game

    * Jarrod Mullen has produced 4 try assists and 2 line break assist in his 9 games this season

    * Jarrod Mullen has missed 33 tackles in his 9 games this season at an average of 3.66 missed tackles per game

    2014 Season Stats

    Position

    Knights - 15th

    Eels - 8th

    For and Against

    Knights - 234 Points For / 337 Points Against

    Eels - 311 Points For / 339 Points Against

    * The Knights are ranked 15th in Attack and 14th in Defence based on For and Against

    * The Eels are ranked 3rd in Attack and 15th in Defence based on For and Against

    * The Knights are scoring an average of 16.71 points per game

    * The Knights are conceding an average of 24.07 points per game

    * The Eels are scoring an average of 22.21 points per game

    * The Eels are conceding an average of 24.21 points per game

    Tries Scored

    Knights - 42 (14th in the NRL)

    Eels - 60 (BEST IN THE NRL)

    Metres Gained

    Knights - 20,581m (7th in the NRL)

    Eels -20,343m (8th in the NRL)

    Linebreaks

    Knights - 53 (10th in the NRL)

    Eels - 74 (2nd in the NRL)

    Tackle Breaks

    Knights - 411 (2nd in the NRL)

    Eels - 395 (4th in the NRL)

    Errors

    Knights - 146 (14th in the NRL)

    Eels - 164 (5th in the NRL)

    Kick Metres

    Knights - 8,460m (2nd in the NRL)​

    Eels - 7,433m (9th in the NRL)

    Offloads

    Knights - 116 (15th in the NRL)

    Eels - 127 (11th in the NRL)

    Tackles

    Knights - 4,505 (5th in the NRL)

    Eels - 4,009 (14th in the NRL)

    Missed Tackles

    Knights - 469 (2nd in the NRL)

    Eels - 417 (3rd in the NRL)

    Statsman'sPrediction and Best Bet

    Prediction

    Knights - 26
    Eels - 16
    FTS - Gagai
    LTS - Uate
    MOTM - Mullen


    Best Bets

    Look to the Dane Gagai Bonuses, Happy 50th game for the Knights Dane !!!

    Pending Milestones

    - James McManus requires 3 tries to surpass Matt Gidley as our 7th highest try scorer of all time

    - Willie Mason requires 3 more tries to reach 50 career tries

    - Dane Gagai will play his 50th game for the Knights in this match

    - Kurt Gidley (220 games) will equal his brother Matt Gidley (221 games) as our 5th highest capped player in this match

    - Chris Houston (131 games) will surpass Sean Rudder (131 games) as our 19th highest capped player in this match

    - Akuila Uate (125 games) will equal Mark Sargent (126 games) as our 21st highest capped player in this match






    * All 2014 Season Stats are sourced from NRL.com

    * Historical Stats / Milestones / Player Stats are my own work
     
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    Eels v Knights preview

    By Dan Walsh, Staff Writer
    NRL.com
    2:39pm Wed 25th June, 2014



    Eels v Knights
    Pirtek Stadium, Sunday 3pm

    You wouldn't know it based on their performances last weekend, but the Eels and the Knights effectively occupied the other's position on the competition ladder this time last year.

    This is an indication of just how far both teams have travelled – albeit in opposite directions – in the space of 12 months as they come together this Sunday afternoon for the first time in 2014.

    Heading into Round 16 last season, the Eels found themselves locked in the NRL basement with the handle having fallen off the only door out, while the Knights sat on the edge of the Top 8 by virtue of points differential.

    Remarkably the two sides find themselves having traded places, with the Parramatta now hovering inside the eight just five for and against points ahead of the Tigers, while Newcastle have peeled themselves off the bottom of the ladder, but still possess the same 3-11 win-loss record the eventual wooden spoon side had to show for their efforts as the competition rounded the four-month mark in 2013.

    Of course, all of this means diddly-squat judging by their most recent 80-minute displays.

    The Knights turned in their best showing of the year as Wayne Bennett shuffled the red and blue deck-chairs against the Cowboys, with Kurt Gidley's move to halfback resulting in a direct and aggressive approach in attack, and ultimately the Novocastrians’ first win in 73 days.

    The 36-28 score line flattered the visitors as well, with the Knights conceding four tries in the final 18 minutes when the game was in the bag.

    The Eels meanwhile looked as though they were still stuck on the bus when kickoff rolled around against the Storm, finding themselves down 18-0 before they started to improve on a 61 per cent completion rate, dragging the score back to 18-10 and then 24-16 midway through the second stanza.

    Realistically though Brad Arthur's men were never truly in the hunt, well behind the eight ball long before Chris Sandow wound up cooling his jets for his childish questioning of who handles the referees’ paycheques.

    The Eels were taught a couple of footballing lessons by a rampant Melbourne outfit to the tune of 46-20.

    Both sides would dearly love the two competition points here.

    The Knights want to continue their march out of the woods that they have only just started, and the Eels want to avoid slipping back into the dark old days where conceding over 40 points a game was a common occurrence rather than a blip of their now much-improved defensive radar.

    Ryan Morgan retains his spot out wide for the Eels, with Will Hopoate out for the next two weeks with a shoulder injury, while Darcy Lussick returns to replace the injured Lee Mossop (shoulder), slotting in alongside Mitch Allgood, who also comes onto the bench.

    For the Knights Kade Snowden and David Fa'alogo return from suspension and injury respectively, with Fa'alogo set to start, pushing Korbin Sims to the bench alongside Snowden who wears No.17.

    Watch Out Eels:

    Melbourne ran rampant over the Eels last Sunday at AAMI Park, and key to their dominance was a judicious kicking game that resulted in five tries from kicks in the Eels’ 20-metre zone, with Parramatta's outside men looking about as comfortable as a haemophiliac at a blood drive whenever the Storm's halves put a hoof to the ball.

    Whether hoisted high or grubbered in behind the line, the Eels consistently either lost the race to the pill, fumbled or watched the likes of Billy Slater fly high above them, with not even man of the moment Jarryd Hayne immune to a few jitters when the ball came bouncing his way.

    The Knights are hardly the most potent outfit in the NRL when it comes to a short-kicking game, having scored just two tries from kicks in 2014, but with Jarrod Mullen sure to be riding high after his performance against the Cowboys, Newcastle will be well-served to put the boot in at any chance they get.

    Watch Out Knights:

    Plenty has been made about the Hayne Plane in full flight, and Chris Sandow plays like a jack-in-the-box loaded with fire crackers, but all the while Eels five eighth Corey Norman has been quietly going about his business, putting together his most consistent season in first grade, underestimated by opposition outfits at their peril.

    Now into his fourth year at the top level, Norman sits near the top of the NRL pile when it comes to running five-eighths in 2014, having broken more tackles (32) than any other pivot in the game, and with 1076 metres trails only Brisbane's Josh Hoffman (1202m) for yardage gained in the number 6 jumper.

    The Knights need only watch a highlights reel of the Eels’ loss to the Storm, in which Norman's 30-metre cut out ball landed smack bang on the chest of Semi Radradra for Parramatta's second try, to get a gauge on how his ball-playing is coming along.

    Plays To Watch:

    Beau Scott running up and down that right-edge corridor like clockwork and looking for a repeat of the try he set up by running over the top of Johnathan Thurston last Monday night.

    Pauli Pauli to get those long gangly arms free at least once and watch havoc ensue with a deft offload.

    The Knights’ second man play to the left with Darius Boyd chiming in – few do it better than the bearded custodian when he's on song.

    And you can put your bottom dollar on Chris Sandow having a crack at booting a 40/20 having already nailed two this year (equal most in the NRL) and going within an inch of registering a third against the Bulldogs a few weeks back.

    Where It Will Be Won: The Spine

    With Gidley moving to halfback against the Cowboys the Knights played with more direction and purpose in 80 minutes than had been seen in the previous eight weeks, and in the process saw Mullen, Boyd and Gidley himself rediscover their respective running games that had been previously MIA since April.

    In Sandow and Hayne, the Eels have two of the best runners in the game in their respective positions, though they will need more from new hooker Isaac De Gois, who made just one run for three metres against the Storm, and is understandably still finding his feet in the blue and gold's playmaking combination that packs plenty of firepower.

    Whichever outfits' little men can make the most of their opportunities with the ball will go a long way towards claiming the chocolates in this one.

    The History: Played 46, Knights 24, Eels 19, drawn 3

    The Knights have had the wood over the Eels for nigh on five years now, with their last defeat to Parramatta coming way back in Round 22, 2010.

    Barring the 54-6 thrashing handed down by Newcastle in Ricky Stuart's last match at the helm in 2013, recent clashes between these two outfits have been low scoring affairs, with the last four matches yielding an average of just 19 points, and Parramatta cracking double figures just once.

    What Are The Odds:

    The Eels are popular in this one with the Knights drifting from $2.65 to $2.75 with Sportsbet.com.au.

    There is five times more money on the Eels.

    Match Officials:

    Referees – Jared Maxwell & Henry Perenara;
    Touch Judges – Jason Walsh & Steve Carrall;
    Video Referees – Steve Clark & Luke Phillips.

    Televised:

    Channel Nine, delayed from 4pm

    How We See It:

    A week ago we wouldn't have dreamed of tipping against Parramatta at home against a Knights outfit that looked for all money like it had forgotten how to win.

    But after the Eels’ average effort down in Melbourne, and the Knights’ slick showing against the Cowboys, we're still going with the Eels, but we did at contemplate a sneaky Newcastle upset.

    Eels by 6.


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    NRL Round 16 Preview

    Matt Logue

    Wed 25th June, 03:10PM



    PARRAMATTA EELS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

    Round 16, 2014 NRL Premiership
    Sunday June 29, Kick-Off: 3pm
    Venue: Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
    Referees: Jared Maxwell, Henry Perenara

    Last Time They Met:


    Newcastle farewelled the 2013 regular season in style with a comprehensive 54-6 smashing of Parramatta at Hunter Stadium.

    Key Stats:


    The Knights have won six of their past nine clashes against Parramatta dating back to 2007.
    In fact, the Eels haven't beaten Newcastle since 2009 - a dominant 40-8 triumph at Parramatta Stadium in Round 22.

    Teams:


    NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS


    1. Darius Boyd, 2. James McManus, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Aku Uate, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Kurt Gidley (c), 8. David Fa'alogo, 9. Adam Clydsdale, 10. Willie Mason, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Robbie Rochow, 13. Jeremy Smith Interchange: 14. Tyrone Roberts, 15. Korbin Sims, 17. Kade Snowden, 18. Chris Houston, 19. Joseph Tapine.

    PARRAMATTA EELS


    1. Hayne (c), 2. Radradra, 3. Morgan, 4. Tonga, 5. Toutai, 6. Norman, 7. Sandow, 8. Mannah (c), 9. De Gois, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Kenny Edwards, 12. Pauli Pauli, 13. Joseph Paulo Interchange: 14. Gower, 15. Allgood, 16. Terepo, 17. Lussick, 18.Tanginoa.

    Match analysis:


    It's amazing what two competition points can do for a sides confidence.

    Just ask the Newcastle Knights, a team buzzing this week on the back of beating North Queensland last Monday night.

    Club assistant coach Rick Stone says the eight-point win over the Cowboys has significantly lifted spirits in the camp heading into Sunday's clash against Parramatta.

    "It was a good win," Stone says.

    "We’ve been working hard for a while now and we’ve played a little bit without luck.

    "We’ve also probably struggled to put two halves together, but it was good to see us score some points.

    "It was great to get the backline movement going and seeing Darius get involved."

    As impressive as the Knights were against the Cowboys, Stone knows the men in red and blue must lift another gear to beat Parramatta.

    The Eels have been one of the most improved teams in the NRL this season, especially with superstar Jarryd Hayne in the peak of his powers.

    While Stone believes you can't keep Hayne completely quiet, he says you can still limit his time and effectiveness with the ball.

    "You can probably coach in situations where you know Hayne is going to be involved," he explains.

    "You can do the best job you can without shutting him down totally, because I don’t know if that’s absolutely possible.

    "Kick returns is good start and doing a good job there and when he plays out the back you need to be on guard.

    "So you need to be working hard on the inside, while your middles can put a bit of pressure on their halves to play early and for Hayne to get the ball early."

    The Knights' forwards were strong against the Cowboys last week and Stone hopes they can continue that form on Sunday.

    "I thought our big boys did a great job last week," he says.

    "We’ll also get a couple of forwards back in Dave Fa'alogo and Kade Snowden and that will help boost us and give us a bit more depth there.

    "Parramatta is a fairly athletic and powerful pack, so we'll need them."

    Key match-ups:


    Darius Boyd vs Jarryd Hayne


    Strap yourself in, because this match-up should be an absolute cracker.

    Boyd rediscovered his mojo against the Cowboys last week, while Hayne is arguably in career best form.

    Stone has no doubts Darius will be ready for this clash.

    "I thought Darbs came back with a really good attitude from Origin," Stone says.

    "He was up for a big one.

    "He trained the day after Origin, so he was ready to play and it showed in the way that he played.

    "He got involved early and he had plenty of touches, while his influence on the game was massive.

    "He scored a good try and laid on a couple as well."

    Kurt Gidley vs Chris Sandow


    Gidley retains the halfback position after excelling in the No.7 jumper against the Cowboys last Monday.

    From extra energy through to his will to win, the skipper provided plenty of spark for the Knights' backline.

    Stone says he was highly impressed with Gidley's effort in the halves.

    "I thought Kurt was good at halfback and his combination with Boyd was really good and it gave us some thrust and potency," he beams.

    "Kurt likes to get his hands on the ball and he buzzes a bit when he plays halfback or even fullback.

    "He feels that he has probably got a stronger influence on the team."

    Aku Uate vs Semi Radradra


    The two Fijian flyers may be playing on opposite wings, but Stone remains excited as ever about this match-up.

    "Semi is on the different side to Aku at this stage, but it’s great to see two Fijian entertainers playing in the same game," he enthuses.

    "Hopefully we can see a few more tries for Aku, as he has been showing us in the last few weeks.

    "Semi is a bit of a cult figure down there at Parramatta

    "I had a bit to do with him at the World Cup and he has evolved outstandingly since then.

    "His carries and try scoring ability is fantastic, while his ability with the footy is underrated as well."

    Player to watch:
    Tyrone Roberts

    The lad hailing from Grafton starred playing in his new utility hooking role against North Queensland last Monday.

    In just 36 minutes of footy, he scored a try, made 21 tackles and amassed 54 running metres.

    Stone expects Roberts to continue this form against Parramatta on Sunday.

    "Tyrone's defence was outstanding in the middle and some of his passes from dummy half were really good," he says.

    "He got his halves on the outside of their men and created a bit of space for us.

    "Tyrone is still evolving as his NRL career continues and to have a break every now and then won’t hurt him at all."

    Where it will be won:


    Newcastle should be confident heading into this clash against Parramatta, especially after last week's win over the Cowboys.

    That said, the Knights can't afford to be complacent against the resurgent Eels.

    Led by Kangaroos and Origin superstar Jarryd Hayne, the blue and gold play plenty of free-flowing footy.

    This is particularly the case at Pirtek Stadium, where the Eels haven't been beaten this season.

    While Parramatta will be tough to topple, the Knights possess the players to get the job done away from home in a tight one.


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    Parramatta are going to bash us up the middle of the field all night and have a big, underated bench.
     
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    If they get momentum, we are toast!

    They can can make cheap errors. I think it will be close 16 12 or something.
     
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    All three of those key match-ups fill me with fear. D:
     
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    I think we'll be on the back foot for most of the game, barely holding onto a lead or chasing a few points to win.

    Hayne scares me the most, he'll be buzzing from the SOO win and ready to rip in for Parramatta.
     
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    It scares me that they're coming off a pretty average loss last week. they'll be up for it at home.
     
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    Will be interesting to see how we back up from Monday nights game.

    We have pulled some impressive wins at parramatta in the past in 2005 & 2007 when no one gave us a chance so I can't see why we cannot win on sunday.

    Hoping Darius boyd has another good game. We play so much better in the backs when he plays well, we will need that space he creates if we are any chance of beating the eels. We cannot allow hayne plane to have a good game otherwise we are gone.

    Knights 20 Eels 14 Crowd 15,343
     
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    Do we wear Red & Blue to the game or our hi-viz?
     
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    Hi-vis Knights in Sydney's west

    Thu 26th June, 09:28AM

    The Newcastle Knights will wear their high-vis replica miners jersey when they take on the Parramatta Eels this Sunday, showing support for NSW Miners that are working around the clock to power homes and businesses in Sydney and across the state.

    "Our partnership with NSW Mining is really important," Knights CEO Matthew Gidley said.

    "The mining industry is huge in the Hunter and rugby league is a big part of our community too, so it’s a great fit.

    "We want to help show how mining jobs in the Hunter support thousands of jobs in Sydney, which is why the boys are proud to be wearing the hi-vis mining strip in Sydney against the Eels on Sunday.”

    The connection between the NSW Miners and Knights is as strong as ever, demonstrated in a series of new videos featuring former Knights players, now proud coal miners, Bill Peden and Steve Simpson, as well as Knights captain Kurt Gidley whose father drove
    Hunter coal trains for more than 30 years.

    "This weekend we’re bringing the Knights to Sydney. But every day of the year there’s another team of hard working miners generating electricity and jobs for the people of Sydney,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.

    "Suburbs in Western Sydney like Fairfield, Auburn and Parramatta sit at the heart of our NSW mining industry with business across the
    west supplying our mines.

    "In fact, that economic activity generated in mining-related businesses effectively makes Sydney the second largest mining region in NSW.

    "NSW mining companies spent around $2.9 billion with more than 3,400 businesses across Sydney last year.

    "The jobs and income this generates supports thousands of Sydney families and pumps money back into their local suburbs.

    "Plus, coal fired power provides 84 per cent of all NSW energy needs.

    And as the state’s largest commodity export, coal delivers a significant economic boost to the state.

    A strong mining industry means a strong economy and more jobs for workers and their families across Sydney and NSW.”

    After the Voice for Mining Family Day in Round 13, this is the second and final time the Knights willl wear the hi-vis jersey in season 2014.


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    Knights support Men of League

    Thu 26th June, 11:58AM

    The Men of League Foundation is asking the rugby league community to pull up their socks and show their support for the Foundation as part of Men of League Weekend, which is held this weekend.

    The Newcastle Knights' trainers will be proudly wearing the Men of League socks when the Knights take on the Parramatta Eels this Sunday at Pirtek Stadium.

    All those involved in local junior and senior rugby league clubs are encouraged to partake in the initiative by purchasing a pair of commemorative Men of League socks to wear at their games on the weekend, with a percentage of every pair sold going directly to Men of League.

    The socks are now available for purchase through the Foundation's website.

    Rugby league is about more than what happens over 80-minutes on the field. It‟s about mateship, being a team and passing a love of rugby league from one generation to the next.

    Men of League are committed to rallying around the rugby league community, helping men women and children who need a hand.

    To do this, the Foundation relies heavily on the generosity and financial assistance of the community and on initiatives like Men of League Weekend.

    Since its inception Men of League has carried out an average of 160 welfare visits a month, spending on average $2,600 on each recipient, all to offer a hand of support to those in the rugby league community who are doing it tough.

    In fact, since the launch of the Foundation in 2002, Men of League has contributed more than $3 million in welfare and support – but to continue doing this Men of League need the community to "pull up their socks".

    Chairman of the Men of League Foundation, Ron Coote AM, said, "Men of League Weekend was created to encourage regional and local league teams to show their support for our work, as well as raise awareness of the Foundation and its ongoing and valuable contribution to the rugby league community.

    "On and off the field our great game is about supporting your mates and we hope rugby league teams will get together and support this worthwhile initiative."

    To further encourage clubs to get involved, the Foundation is running an online photo competition in which the winning club will receive a private coaching clinic designed by Knights coach Wayne Bennett and delivered by icons Ben Ross and Stuart Raper.

    The competition is running via the Men of League Foundation Facebook page and encourages clubs participating in Men of League Weekend to get creative by snapping a photo of their teams wearing Men of League socks with pride.

    As the only charitable organisation to support the rugby league community in Australia, The Men of League Foundation assists not only ex-players but also referees, volunteers, administrators and anyone else involved with the game at any level.

    For more information on the Men of League Weekend or to purchase the commemorative socks, visit www.menofleague.com, for information on the Facebook competition CLICK HERE.


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    Knights focus on back-to-back

    Thu 26th June, 01:37PM

    The Newcastle Knights are determined to record back-to-back wins as the team prepares totake on the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday.

    Winger James McManus says it is about building on Monday's win over the North Queensland Cowboys before the bye in Round 17.

    “I had to remember the words of the song, it’s been a little while,” joked McManus after a spirited training session on Thursday.

    “It’s good to come here to training after having a win.

    “It’s certainly a lot different to how we’ve been in the last few weeks.

    “We let it slip in the last 15 minutes but obviously there's a lot of positives to take out of the game.

    “We played some footy which was good and threw the ball around a little bit.

    “We got the ball in the hands of guys who need it, so hopefully it’s a sign of good things to come.”

    The winger believed the win is timely and puts the team in a good position to take on the eighth-placed Eels.

    "They’ve got some great players and (Jarrad) Haynesy has been killing it all year," McManus said.

    “It’s going to be a tough one, so we’ve just got to make sure we’re up to it.

    “It will be good to back that up and go into the bye.

    “It’s always good to have that time off after a win.

    "When you feel good about how things are going and good about yourself, you tend to enjoy your time away from footy a bit more
    and you can get your head away from football."

    McManus thinks his recent switch in position to the other side of the field to play outside centre Dane Gagai has been a positive move.

    “It’s probably throwing a few teams off a little bit,” he admitted.

    “I don’t think I was getting many kicks to me out on the left wing and Aku (Uate) was having to deal with a lot of pressure there.

    "It's just a little change up and it’s different."

    McManus denied the uncertainty surrounding the future of coach Wayne Bennett is having an impact on the team.

    “It would be great if Wayne stayed, but I don’t know what is going to happen,” he said.

    “There’s been a lot of stuff this year, that as players, we can’t do anything about it.

    “We just have to get on with it.

    “There’s no discussion between players, we haven’t spoken about it.

    “It’s something Wayne, the NRL, and I guess who ever ends up taking over the Club have to sort out.

    “We can’t do anything about it, so there’s no point thinking about it.

    “Wayne said he’d rather get things sorted out sooner rather than late, but it will all happen in time I guess.”

    The Knights play the Parramatta Eels in hi-vis on Sunday at Pirtek Stadium, kick off is 3pm.


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    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I smell an upset for the first time this season and damn I hope I'm right.

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    Gagai happy with life balance

    By Jack Brady, Staff Writer
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    4:00pm Thu 26th June, 2014

    Boom Newcastle Knights centre Dane Gagai has a lot to be thankful for in his career to date.

    Released by the Brisbane Broncos in 2012 after several mishaps, 23-year-old Gagai has finally attained a much-needed life balance in Newcastle as he readies himself for his 50th Knights appearance this weekend.

    While much has been made of his early-years indiscretions while a part of the Queensland emerging squad, Gagai's balance off the field is starting to finally pay dividends on it in what is only his second full season in the NRL.

    "My main focus is just on the Newcastle Knights and giving everything I have for these boys.

    "To let anything I personally do affect the team wouldn't be right and I'll feel like I'm letting myself down, letting my team down and letting my family down - and that's what I'm not about," Gagai said.

    "Having Wayne [Bennett] here is great. He has inspired me as a footy player and also off the field. I'm getting a bit more organisation in my life and I'm feeling happier and I'm enjoying my football."

    "I'm still trying to develop as a player and as a person in my game and things away from the field to become the best player I possible can be on the field."

    While the Brisbane Wests junior doesn't hide his representative aspirations, Gagai admitted that he is still a work in progress despite producing eight electric line breaks, 63 tackle breaks (third in the NRL) and 147.1 metres per game this season.

    "I'm definitely pleased with my development. I'm still learning a lot... but it makes it a lot easier when you have the older and wiser players around you," Gagai said.

    "With the likes of Jeremy Smith, Beau Scott, Willie Mason and Chris Houston around it's just good to have a great leadership group there to learn a lot from."

    With Gagai playing an influential role in crossing for a brace of tries in Newcastle's 36-28 win over the Cowboys last Monday night, the focus has now shifted to the Parramatta Eels this Sunday as he and his club look towards securing only their fourth win of the season.

    "We went out there [against the Cowboys] with a game plan and executed it and that's what got us over the line," Gagai said.

    "Our effort has never been questioned with any player in this side, everyone's come out of every game busted and sore after giving everything... and we showed what we could do and hopefully we can pull it off against Parra," Gagai said.

    "It was a good feeling being able to belt our team song and to get the win but the game has passed now and we'll now turn up to training because we know we have another job this weekend."

    While the team song was a long time coming for Newcastle after winning their first game in over 70 days against the Cowboys, the Knights and Gagai will be looking to make amends in more ways than one in their final 10 games of the season.


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    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    Round 16 Game Day Update

    Thu 26th June, 02:28PM

    Membership Survey

    The Newcastle Knights would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on our 2014 Membership campaign.

    The Club has arranged a quick and easy 11-question survey where Members and supporters can voice their opinions on what they liked from this year and what that would like to see improved for the 2015 season.

    The survey will take just five minutes to complete and every response received is of great benefit as the Membership team starts planning for next season.

    Please CLICK HERE to take part in the 2014 Newcastle Knights Member Survey.

    Game Day Information

    Sunday June 29, Round 16
    Parramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights
    Pirtek Stadium
    Gates Open: 12.30pm
    NYC Kick off: 12.45pm
    NRL Kick off: 3pm

    Membership update

    Membership packs for all Members who renewed or joined before midnight on Thursday June 12, should now have arrived via post, or collected by the Member.

    Members who have signed up between June 13 and before midnight, Thursday July 10 will receive their Membership packs before the Gold Coast Titans game on July 20 via post.

    Those who join after Thursday July 10 will need to collect a temporary ticket for access to the game against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday July 20. Temporary tickets will need to be collected from the Membership Box Office.

    Member card and packs will then be mailed out and will arrive before the Round 20 home game against the Roosters on Friday July 25.

    Pick up Member inclusions before game day to avoid queues

    Membership inclusions are available for collection now from the Hunter Sports Superstore and Members are encouraged to pick them up prior to game day to avoid queues at the Superstore.

    Knights Women's EOFY Sale

    With the 2013/14 financial year coming to an end, the Newcastle Knights has an EOFY sale on all women's gear until Monday June 30.

    The Hunter Sports Superstore and Knights Online Superstore are celebrating with huge savings on all women's stock including the new 2014 playing jerseys, polos, hoodies, jackets, tees and much more.

    Make sure you get in quick as the Knights Women's EOFY sale is for a limited time only and while stocks last. CLICK HERE to shop online now.

    Danny Buderus Super Clinic

    The Danny Buderus Super Clinic returns in its third year with the Newcastle Knights’ Club legend heading out to the grass roots of rugby league to mentor young rugby league players in regional communities.

    For the first time the football clinics will be conducted for junior players between the ages of 6 and 12-years-old as well as senior players between 13 and 17 years.

    Clinic dates:


    • July 7 - McKinnon Field Aberdeen
    • July 10- Jack Neill Oval Taree
    • July 11- No.2 Sportsground Newcastle

    Cost: $50

    For more information and to register, click here.

    Hi-vis Knights v Eels

    The Newcastle Knights will wear their hi-vis replica miners jersey when they take on the Parramatta Eels this Sunday, showing support for NSW Miners that are working around the clock to power homes and businesses in Sydney and across the state.

    To find out more,CLICK HERE.


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    NRL Round 16 Late Mail


    • TOM SANGSTER
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    • JUNE 26, 2014 4:35PM

    Sunday, Jun 29, Eels v Knights, Pirtek Stadium, NINE, 3:00pm

    The Eels are expected to be 1-17, with Darcy Lussick (knee) cleared to return and Will Hopoate (shoulder) not named and racing the clock to be fit for Origin III.

    Adam Clydsdale (knee) and David Fa’alogo (back) face fitness tests for the Knights, with Joseph Tapine named as cover.


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    Knights ready to get on try-scoring run

    By Ben Horne
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    5:38pm Thu 26th June, 2014

    Newcastle say their rich try-scoring potential has finally been unlocked and the cellar dwellars are confident of proving more than nuisance value for opposition teams on the road to the NRL finals.

    The Knights are almost certainly out of finals contention but after breaking a seven-match losing streak against North Queensland last week, Wayne Bennett's side sense a golden opportunity to get on a run of their own.

    Newcastle face a tough challenge against Parramatta in Sydney's west on Sunday, but the Eels' defence has been exploited regularly this season.

    Then the Knights go to a bye and come back with winnable matches against the last-placed Cronulla Sharks and the battling Gold Coast.

    With all the drama that's eventuated in the steel city this year, it's easy to forget the Knights were last year one game away from a grand final appearance.

    But with Kurt Gidley reinstalled at halfback and Jarrod Mullen and Darius Boyd also hitting form, the Knights lethal outside backs believe tries are coming.
    Akuila Uate has scored six tries in his past four outings.

    Star centre Dane Gagai, who bagged a double against the Cowboys, says the Knights have the strikepower to trouble even the best sides.

    "Yeah definitely. (A win) gives us a bit more confidence," Gagai said.

    "We've got to go out and execute every week now.

    "Hopefully we can take that into this week because we have a bye following that and it would be good to go into the bye with another win under our belt.

    "When we execute our game plan, it shows."

    Bennett said his mind was made up that Gidley should return to the halves two weeks ago, when the skipper moved back to fullback to cover Queensland star Darius' Boyd's absence.

    Realising how much Gidley was relishing getting his hands on the ball, he decided it was time.

    Bennett was pleased with how the new halves combination went on Monday against North Queensland, but most importantly he was encouraged by how young Tyrone Roberts handled his switch from halfback to hooker.

    "He's young so he'll pick up a lot of pluses and the fact the responsibility is off him he can just run out there and enjoy his footy," Bennett said.

    "Kurt was busier, hands on the ball."

    Gidley is confident he can continue to spark a Knights revival.

    "We hadn't been scoring a heap of points ... I think it worked," he said.

    "I haven't been getting a great deal of runs playing hooker and halfback gets me behind the bigger boys, motivating them and keeping them going - so I enjoyed it."

    Parramatta have lost eight of their past 10 matches against Newcastle.


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