ROUND 24: Newcastle Knights v Melbourne Storm @ AAMI Park

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    [TD="align: right"]Newcastle
    KNIGHTS
    POSITION: 15th
    FORM: W L L L W
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    [TD="align: center"]V[/TD]
    Melbourne
    STORM
    POSITION: 5th
    FORM: W W L W W

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    MONDAY 24TH AUGUST
    KICK OFF: 7:00 PM
    LIVE ON FOX SPORTS


    Referee: Henry Perenara
    Assistant Referee: Chris James

    Sideline Officials:
    David Ryan and Belinda Sleeman
    Video Referees: Steve Clark and Ben Galea


    TICKET PURCHASE & GAME DAY INFORMATION HERE

    LOWER GRADE KNIGHTS GAMES

    HOLDEN CUP: Knights v Storm @ 4:45pm, Monday 24th
    August
    NSW CUP: Knights v Jets @ 12:40pm, Saturday 22nd August


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    1. Jake MAMO
    2. Nathan ROSS
    3.
    Sione MATA'UTIA
    4.
    Dane GAGAI
    5. Akuila UATE
    6. Kurt GIDLEY (c)
    7. Tyrone ROBERTS
    8.
    Kade SNOWDEN

    9.
    Adam CLYDSDALE
    10.
    Korbin SIMS
    11. Beau SCOTT
    12. Tariq SIMS
    13.
    Jeremy SMITH

    14. Tyler RANDELL
    15. Joseph TAPINE
    16. Chris HOUSTON
    17. Clint NEWTON
    18. Sam MATAORA


    MELBOURNE STORM LINE UP

    1. Cameron Munster
    2. Marika Koroibete
    3. Will Chambers
    4. Kurt Mann
    5. Matt Duffie
    6. Blake Green
    7. Cooper Cronk
    8. Jesse Bromwich
    9. Cameron Smith (c)
    10. Tim Glasby
    11. Kevin Proctor
    12. Tohu Harris
    13. Dale Finucane

    14. Ryan Hinchcliffe
    15. Kenny Bromwich
    16. Felise Kaufusi
    17. Christian Welch


    KEY KNIGHTS MILESTONES

    * James McManus (69 tries) requires 1 more try to surpass Matt Gidley (69 tries) as our 7th highest try scorer

    * Kurt Gidley
    (78 tries) requires 1 more try to surpass Robbie O'Davis (78 tries) as our 5th highest try scorer

    * Kurt Gidley
    (248 games) will equal Andrew Johns (249 games) as our 2nd highest capped player


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

     
  2. rhugh89

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    HEAD TO HEAD - OVERALL

    Played - 33
    Knights - 14
    Storm - 19

    HEAD TO HEAD - AAMI Park

    Played - 7
    Knights - 1
    Storm - 6

    NRL RECORD (1998-PRESENT)


    Played - 33
    Knights - 14
    Storm - 19

    HEAD TO HEAD - THE COACHES

    Games - 0
    Danny Buderus - 0
    Craig Bellamy - 0

    FACTS AND FIGURES


    * The Knights have won 2 out of their last 3 games against the Storm
    * The Knights have lost 8 out of their last 10 games against the Storm
    * Before the Knights win against the Storm in the 2013 Finals Series we had lost 7 straight games against them
    * The Knights have only beaten the Storm at AAMI Park once (2013 Finals Series)
    * The last time these teams met the Knights won 32-30 in one of our club's greatest ever victories
    * The last 3 games between these teams have been decided by 8 points or less
    * 6 out of the last 7 games between these teams have been decided by 12 points or less
    * The last 3 games between these teams at AAMI Park have been decided by 8 points or less
    * The last 5 games between these teams at AAMI Park have been decided by 12 points or less
    * 4 out of the 6 games between these teams at AAMI Park have been decided by 12 points or less
    * The Knights have played 10 away games this year winning 3 and losing 7
    * The Storm have played 10 home games this year winning 7 and losing 3
    * The Knights have lost 14 out of their last 17 games
    * The Storm have won 4 out of their last 5 games
    * The average amount of points scored in games between these 2 teams is 46.75 points per game (High Scoring)
    * The average Margin of victory in games between these 2 teams is 16.81 points per game (One Sided)


    2015 SEASON STATS


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    [TD="align: center"]Newcastle Knights[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]Melbourne Storm[/TD]

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    [TD="align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="align: center"][/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]15th[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Position[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]5th[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]408[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Points Scored[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]432[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]556[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Points Conceded[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]314[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]71[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Tries Scored[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]76[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]96[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Tries Conceded[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]56[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]31,947[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Metres Gained[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]32,775[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]83[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Line Breaks[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]81[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]541[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Tackle Breaks[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]469[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]211[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Errors[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]178[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]9,203[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Kick Metres[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]10,885[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]0[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]40/20s[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]3[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]218[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Offloads[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]184[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]523[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Missed Tackles[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]442[/TD]
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    2015 PLAYER STATS


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    [TD="align: center"]Adam Clydsdale

    Games - 14
    Metres - 384
    Tackle Breaks - 10
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 1
    Line Break Assists - 3
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles -
    486
    Missed Tackles - 16
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 3


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    [TD="align: center"]Dave Fa'alogo

    Games - 16
    Metres - 1,396
    Tackle Breaks - 6
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 8
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 383
    Missed Tackles - 13
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 5[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Lachlan Fitzgibbon

    Games - 1
    Metres - 16
    Tackle Breaks - 0
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 12
    Missed Tackles - 3
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 0[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Dane Gagai

    Games - 21
    Metres - 2,930
    Tackle Breaks - 78
    Line Breaks - 14
    Try Assists - 9
    Line Break Assists - 10
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 16
    Tackles - 219
    Missed Tackles - 49
    Tries - 7
    Errors -20[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Kurt Gidley

    Games - 19
    Metres - 1,502
    Tackle Breaks - 28
    Line Breaks - 5
    Try Assists - 9
    Line Break Assists - 9
    Kicks - 53
    Kick Metres - 1,165
    Penalties Conceded - 10
    Offloads - 13
    Tackles - 406
    Missed Tackles - 29
    Tries - 4
    Errors - 23
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    [TD="align: center"]Chris Houston

    Games - 19
    Metres - 1,467
    Tackle Breaks - 17
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 13
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 659
    Missed Tackles - 32
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 2[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Danny Levi

    Games - 6
    Metres - 150
    Tackle Breaks - 4
    Line Breaks - 2
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 113
    Missed Tackles - 9
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 4[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Jake Mamo

    Games - 6
    Metres - 953
    Tackle Breaks - 19
    Line Breaks - 1
    Try Assists - 2
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 2
    Tackles - 26
    Missed Tackles - 8
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 7[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Sam Mataora

    Games - 6
    Metres - 411
    Tackle Breaks - 3
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 124
    Missed Tackles - 0
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 2[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Chanel Mata'utia

    Games - 1
    Metres - 131
    Tackle Breaks - 3
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 5
    Missed Tackles - 2
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 2
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    [TD="align: center"]Sione Mata'utia

    Games - 19
    Metres - 2,420
    Tackle Breaks - 33
    Line Breaks - 1
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 4
    Offloads - 7
    Tackles - 194
    Missed Tackles - 29
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 9[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]James McManus

    Games - 17
    Metres - 1,857
    Tackle Breaks - 37
    Line Breaks - 9
    Try Assists - 2
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 3
    Tackles - 44
    Missed Tackles - 7
    Tries - 5
    Errors - 6[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Jarrod Mullen

    Games - 10
    Metres - 543
    Tackle Breaks - 10
    Line Breaks - 1
    Try Assists - 5
    Line Break Assists - 5
    Kicks - 94
    Kick Metres - 2,646
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 14
    Tackles - 144
    Missed Tackles - 25
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 7[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Clint Newton

    Games - 7
    Metres - 446
    Tackle Breaks - 5
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 6
    Tackles - 156
    Missed Tackles - 3
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 1[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Tyler Randell

    Games - 17
    Metres - 613
    Tackle Breaks - 13
    Line Breaks - 5
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Kicks - 13
    Kick Metres - 447
    Penalties Conceded - 3
    Offloads - 1
    Tackles - 402
    Missed Tackles - 19
    Tries - 4
    Errors - 5[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Tyrone Roberts

    Games - 18
    Metres - 710
    Tackle Breaks - 23
    Line Breaks - 4
    Try Assists - 3
    Line Break Assists - 2
    Kicks - 140
    Kick Metres - 3,928
    Penalties Conceded - 5
    Offloads - 7
    Tackles - 245
    Missed Tackles - 41
    Tries - 2
    Goals - 45/55
    Errors - 15
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    [TD="align: center"]Robbie Rochow

    Games - 5
    Metres - 476
    Tackle Breaks - 7
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 5
    Tackles - 115
    Missed Tackles - 6
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 0[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Nathan Ross

    Games - 3
    Metres - 430
    Tackle Breaks - 7
    Line Breaks - 1
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 0
    Tackles - 12
    Missed Tackles - 1
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 3
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    [TD="align: center"]Beau Scott

    Games - 16
    Metres - 976
    Tackle Breaks - 19
    Line Breaks - 3
    Penalties Conceded - 8
    Offloads - 26
    Tackles - 420
    Missed Tackles - 26
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 11[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Korbin Sims

    Games - 19
    Metres - 2,156
    Tackle Breaks - 34
    Line Breaks - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 13
    Offloads - 10
    Tackles - 501
    Missed Tackles - 47
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 11[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Tariq Sims

    Games - 16
    Metres - 1,912
    Tackle Breaks - 27
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 14
    Offloads - 9
    Tackles - 508
    Missed Tackles - 25
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 11[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Jeremy Smith

    Games - 16
    Metres - 1,345
    Tackle Breaks - 18
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 11
    Offloads - 9
    Tackles - 481
    Missed Tackles - 22
    Tries - 2
    Errors - 4
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    [TD="align: center"]Kade Snowden

    Games - 18
    Metres - 2,242
    Tackle Breaks - 36
    Line Breaks - 4
    Penalties Conceded - 15
    Offloads - 31
    Tackles - 606
    Missed Tackles - 31
    Tries - 3
    Errors - 13[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Jack Stockwell

    Games - 12
    Metres - 934
    Tackle Breaks - 8
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 308
    Missed Tackles - 9
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 6[/TD]

    [TD="align: center"]Joseph Tapine

    Games - 10
    Metres - 659
    Tackle Breaks - 12
    Line Breaks - 0
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 4
    Tackles - 201
    Missed Tackles - 12
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 0[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Carlos Tuimavave

    Games - 5
    Metres - 263
    Tackle Breaks - 7
    Line Breaks - 0
    Try Assists - 0
    Line Break Assists - 0
    Kicks - 33
    Kick Metres - 892
    Penalties Conceded - 1
    Offloads - 10
    Tackles - 100
    Missed Tackles - 6
    Tries - 1
    Errors - 0[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Akuila Uate

    Games - 19
    Metres - 2,656
    Tackle Breaks - 60
    Line Breaks - 14
    Try Assists - 3
    Line Break Assists - 2
    Penalties Conceded - 2
    Offloads - 12
    Tackles - 65
    Missed Tackles - 28
    Tries - 12
    Errors - 17[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Pat Vaivai

    Games - 5
    Metres - 387
    Tackle Breaks - 6
    Line Breaks - 1
    Penalties Conceded - 0
    Offloads - 7
    Tackles - 78
    Missed Tackles - 2
    Tries - 0
    Errors - 1[/TD]
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    PREDICTIONS AND PENDING MILESTONES

    Prediction


    Melbourne Storm - 34
    Newcastle Knights - 10
    FTS - Matt Duffie
    LTS - Akuila Uate
    MOTM - Cameron Smith

    Pending Milestones

    * James McManus (69 tries) requires 1 more try to surpass Matt Gidley (69 tries) as our 7th highest try scorer

    * Kurt Gidley (78 tries) requires 1 more try to surpass Robbie O'Davis (78 tries) as our 5th highest try scorer

    * Kurt Gidley (248 games) will equal Andrew Johns (249 games) as our 2nd highest capped player
     
  3. rhugh89

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    Knights build up to Storm clash

    Tue 18th August, 01:33PM

    Interim Newcastle Knights coach Danny Buderus says the team will formulate a game plan to suit the Melbourne Storm's fierce style of football ahead of Monday night’s match at AAMI Park.

    Reflecting on past contests between the two sides, he says the Knights will be prepared for the fast paced game the competition heavyweight is likely to bring on Monday night.

    “We’ve played Melbourne a lot of times and we know what’s coming,” Buderus said on Tuesday.

    “We know we are coming up against a Melbourne team that’s honing its skills for a finals series.

    “If you can’t create a quick ruck then you’re in trouble.

    “That’s why they are the best at it and have some great exponents of it.

    “It will be a challenge for us to create some quick rucks and come up with a game plan that will complement that.

    “We will get in here and will keep honing our skills knowing we are coming up against a pretty potent Melbourne team," he said.

    Buderus indicated there would be an unchanged line-up, an advantage that has evaded the Knights for much of the season.

    “We haven’t been able to name that since probably around Round 3,” he said.

    The extended turnaround is also in the Knights' favour.

    “I gave them a couple of days off because they have the long turnaround which has been fantastic and has freshened them up,” he said.

    On the injury front, Buderus said Robbie Rochow - who is recovering from a broken arm - will not yet be considered for selection.

    James McManus will also remain sidelined while he continues to receive tests and wait for results after a concussion.

    “Where Jimmy (McManus) is at over the next couple of weeks will be decided, but at the moment we are waiting on the results of scans,” he added.

    Fully aware the Storm will present the red and blues with a considerable test, particularly on the road, Buderus views the game as a positive opportunity for the players to embrace.

    “I’m excited about it for them. It’s a long turnaround and get to rest their bodies up and go down there fully fit, a lot of energy and with a bit of confidence,” he said.

    “We had a great game down there in the semi-final series…for us to go down there it’s just a great challenge and that’s the way the boys will be looking at it.

    “They’ll get a chance to play against some of the best players in their position.

    “That’s the way the boys will be embracing the week."

    Although the Knights are out of finals contention, the team remains motivated to improve its standing in the competition.

    “We are trying to keep on building towards the back end of the season and have three games left,” he said.

    “I’m focusing on positives and that’s all I can do.

    “Hopefully we can cause a few surprises there.”

    “I’m just trying to create little wins for them.

    "If you have little wins at training and during the game, you usually turn it into big wins and that means a win on the weekend with the two points.

    “That’s the mindset and the process we are doing and creating an environment to have a win and when ever they train or get together, to be able to walk off and feel like they’ve achieved something.”


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/08/18/knights_build_up_to_.html








     
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    All I can say is; I hope the Storm don't play as well as they did last night...
     
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    Flying down to Melbourne for this one with my best mate (Storm fan) really hope we at least turn up and put in a positive effort.
     
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    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    Danny Buderus to counsel players still traumatized by Alex McKinnon injury


    August 18, 2015 10:12pm

    Barry Toohey
    The Daily Telegraph



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    DANNY Buderus has offered to privately counsel any of his players who may be traumatised by Newcastle’s return to AAMI Park for the first time since the devastating tackle that left teammate Alex McKinnon in a wheelchair.

    Newcastle takes on Melbourne in the southern capital on Monday night, almost 17 months after McKinnon’s tragic injury left him a quadriplegic.

    Teammates are facing the very real prospect of having to mentally re-live a game and an incident most would have been trying to wipe from their memory given the horrific aftermath.
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    Buderus, who was the Knights trainer during that game and one of the first onto the ground to treat McKinnon, understands there could be some mental scars left behind.

    He says his door is open to any of his players if they struggle to cope.

    But he doesn’t plan on addressing the issue with the full squad in the build up to Monday night and claims there is no added motivation to beat the Storm because of it.

    “I’ll be there for the players if anyone has got an issue or a concern,” he said.

    “If they have some concerns about going down there and playing again, that’s for the individual.


    “As a team, I’m not going to be addressing it but if they have a concern about how they are mentally, the door’s open and they can come and talk to me about it and we can go through a process to get them right.


    “Hopefully, they know me well enough to know we can sort something out and (they) come to me.

    “But I’m pretty sure they will be fine.

    They’re professional, they know what sort of job is at stake, what they have to do. They’ll be okay, they’ll be fine.”

    Off the back of a breakthrough win over Wests Tigers last weekend that hoisted his team off the bottom of the ladder, the Knights will field an unchanged line-up for the first time since round three when they take on the Storm.


    Buderus hinted there would be nothing conservative about his side’s attitude in trying to stifle the Storm’s wrestling tactics and
    bring off an upset win.


    “For us to go down there, it’s just a great challenge and that’s the way the boys will be looking at it and that will be driving this week,” he said.


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    “You’ve played Melbourne a lot of times and you know what is coming.

    “If you can’t create a quick ruck then you are in trouble. They are great exponents of it (the wrestle) so it’s a challenge for us to create some quick rucks.


    “The way Melbourne defend, if you go down there and think you are going to just play a percentage game against them, the
    wrestle and the ruck speed is too slow.


    “We need a good game plan and we’ll come up with that I’m sure.”




    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp...-mckinnon-injury/story-fni3gf5j-1227489125872
     
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    Knights aim to match Storm's intensity

    Wed 19th August, 04:12PM

    Newcastle Knight Sione Mata’utia said the team’s main aim is to match Melbourne Storm’s intensity when the two sides meet on Monday night at AAMI Park.

    As a part of the team’s preparation for the Round 24 clash, the Knights headed to One World Boxing Academy in Newcastle for a grueling fitness session on Wednesday.

    The players were put through their paces in the ring with sparring and wrestling sessions aimed to get them physically and mentally ready for Monday night’s tough contest.

    “We take a lot out of sessions like this,” Mata’utia said.

    “It’s a tougher session where it’s hard on you mentally, but it just changes it up.

    “That’s what we need every week, tough sessions which are good mentally and gets us working hard."

    With the Storm pushing for a semi final berth, the Knights brace for a powerful attacking game.

    “They are the benchmark of the defensive side of the game so our wrestle, defence and overall game has to be on top.

    “Their attack is just as good as well, so we have to be on our game for 80 minutes.”

    The Storm’s fast play out of the ruck is an area of the opponent’s game the Knights plan to pay special attention to.

    “We just have to match them with our possession and our completion and keep at it,” he said.

    “Then hopefully there’s an error that comes out of them and that’s when we will capitilise on the opportunities.”

    Mata’utia, who has been named in the centres, expects the challenges of the 2015 season to serve as a valuable learning experience for many of the side’s developing players.

    “I think most of the young players here have taken a lot out of the whole season,” he said.

    “How we started and performed mid season and how we are end is going to be end this is going to be a massive lesson for us.

    “We will take that into next year and hopefully we will learn from all our lessons.

    The team was buoyed by a hard earned win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium and have made the most of the positive atmosphere around Knight HQ.

    “It’s a big sigh of relief to finally get a win and we enjoyed it. We want to enjoy our wins and make sure we don’t get used to losing,” he said

    “Hopefully we can prepare the same as we did last week and get another win.

    “We have still have a lot to play for and have a lot of pride.

    “We want to give our fans something to leave with at the end of the season."


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/08/19/knights_aim_to_match_0.html




     
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    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    Storm v Knights preview

    Thu 20 Aug, 2015, 10:30am

    By William Botoulas, Melbourne Correspondent, NRL.com


    Melbourne are on course for another finals series and a tilt at the premiership, while the Knights are hoping to avoid the wooden spoon.

    The Storm overtook Cronulla to move into fifth spot on the ladder after overpowering the Sharks 30-2 on Monday night.

    The win allowed them to keep pace with the Rabbitohs, who currently sit two points above them in the race for a double chance in the finals.

    Newcastle on the other hand just want this season to be over and are hoping to avoid the wooden spoon in the process.

    The Knights currently sit 15th, locked on seven wins with the Titans and Tigers.

    They make the trip to Victoria not entirely bereft of confidence, having recovered from a slow start last week to defeat the Tigers 24-18 for just their second win in 11 games.

    With a fortnight ahead against finals aspirants in the Storm and the Bulldogs, Newcastle must now focus on spoiling a few parties rather than start up one of their own.

    Watch Out Storm:

    Akuila Uate – The bulldozing winger has been a thorn in Melbourne's side in recent years, crossing the line in his past four consecutive games against them (five tries in total).

    He will be running full steam ahead at a Storm left edge that, although held up well on against the Sharks, is often seen as the biggest chink in the purple armour.

    Uate holds the x-factor that shapes as the only real threat against the heavily favored home side.

    Watch Out Knights:

    Blowout danger – If defence wins premierships then the Knights are a long way off the pace in 2015.

    They are currently tied with the Titans for the worst defence in the Telstra Premiership, conceding an average of 26.5 points per game.

    This could create a perfect storm on Monday night against a Melbourne team that is beginning to make a habit of blowing their opponents out of the water.

    Melbourne's last five wins have come at an average margin of 27 points, which means if Newcastle arrive at AAMI Park with little resistance things could get ugly, quickly.

    Key Match-Up: Marika Koroibete v Akuila Uate

    This head-to-head battle between Fijian internationals is set to have to the highlight reel ticking over.

    Both players sit atop the try-scoring list for their respective clubs with Koroibete's 15 tries nearly double that of any other Storm teammate.

    Last week's game against the Sharks was the first time in seven games Koroibete failed to get across the line.

    For all his flashy brilliance, the one knock on the emerging winger can be his edge defence.

    Given he will be alongside youngster Kurt Mann, the Knights may see the 100-kilogram Uate as their main hope of causing an upset.

    Cue the fireworks.

    The History:

    Played 33; Storm 19, Knights 14.

    Newcastle have won two of the last three games in this head-to-head clash and the last five meetings have resulted in nail-biting encounters that have been decided by an average margin of just five points.

    What Are The Odds:

    Melbourne may be short price favourites, but it hasn’t stopped Sportsbet customers from making them a lock in their multis.

    The Storm have even been well backed conceding the start in handicap betting as well as 13+ in margin betting.

    Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au

    Match Officials:

    Referee: Henry Perenara

    Assistant Referee: Chris James

    Touch Judges: David Ryan and Belinda Sleeman

    Video Referees: Steve Clark and Ben Galea

    Televised:

    Fox Sports – LIVE from 7pm AEST

    The Way We See It:

    Playing for pride and playing for a premiership are two vastly different things, which unfortunately does not bode well for the Knights.

    Storm by 12.


    http://www.nrl.com/storm-v-knights-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/89043/default.aspx

     
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    Knights put through paces in the ring

    Thu 20th August, 09:44AM


    The Newcastle Knights' strength, speed and agility was put to the ultimate test with a high intensity boxing fitness session on Wednesday.

    The team ventured to One World Boxing Academy in Newcastle to train in the state of the art facility with its renowned trainers and staff.

    "It was really tough and they just kept pushing us, it was good to do something different and get a taste of something new," Dane Gagai said.

    "After a couple of minutes of throwing punches, you have to dig deep."

    According to the Origin representative, the boxing training was just as much a mental challenge as it was physically testing.

    "The whole point of the session was just trying to find that little bit extra...digging deep and working hard for each other," he said.

    As the side builds for Monday night's match against the Melbourne Storm, Jake Mamo believes the session will assist the players to head into the game with the right mindset.

    "For myself who has never done a lot of boxing in my life, I found it really tough, especially against the bigger and stronger blokes in the team," Mamo said.

    "I think it will just bring out a bit of toughness in everyone."

    Tyrone Roberts, who is well versed in taking on opponents well above his weight, was grouped in the ring with the side's forwards.

    "They were a couple of kilos heavier than me so it was a bit of fun," the halfback said.

    "It was a good session and I'm sure the boys got something out of it.

    "It just shows the mentality to never give up and always ripping in for the 80 minutes."

    According to Knights Performance Director Colin Sanctuary, the aim of the boxing training activity was to push players out of their comfort zone, challenge their physical fitness while testing their mental resiliance and endurance.

    "We've tried to come to a different setting and enhance it a bit more. That's why we've come here today," Sanctuary said.

    "I don't think Monday night is different to any other game, it's just that wrestle and contact and it's just that work in the ring and constant bombardment, dealing with it and then going again."


    http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2015/08/20/knights_put_through_.html




     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    NRL Late Mail for round 24: Team changes and gossip


    7 minutes ago
    Tom Sangster
    The Daily Telegraph



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    STORM V KNIGHTS - 7pm Monday at AAMI Park

    Storm:

    Dale Finucane (arm dislocation) is out for 4-6 weeks.

    He is set to be replaced in the 17 by Nelson Asofa-Solomona, who would return from a one-week suspension.

    Jordan McLean (hamstring) had a successful Queensland Cup return last week and is also in mix, although he is still underdone following a long lay-off.

    Knights:

    No injury concerns, with Joe Tapine (illness) fit to return.

    However, he may yet lose his spot to 18th man Sam Mataora, who was named players’ player last week.


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    I hate that we have to wait until Monday to likely get pummelled.
     
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    I hate that we have to wait until Monday for our most destructive victory in our history against Melbourne ;)
     
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    I like the referee's for our game, they're really good and fair, Henry in particular. We're very clearly the underdogs in this, we do need to bring out best to AAMI, we need to show that we aren't just a team for easy points, we need to be the team to beat!
     
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    Roberts strives to end on good note

    Fri 21st August, 01:50PM

    In the lead up to the Newcastle Knights' Monday night match against the Melbourne Storm, Tyrone Roberts has spoken about his desire to play his best to end the season well.

    The 24-year-old halfback will depart the Club at season's end to join the Gold Coast Titans in 2016.

    As he strives for a positive end to the year, Roberts was pleased to score a try in the Knights' Round 23 win against Wests Tigers.

    "I knew that I had to finish on a good note and you're always remembered for your last games," Roberts said on Friday.

    "I'm happy and have had a good time here and have some good memories and some good mates.

    "It's hard to leave, but I just have to do what's best for me and my family."

    As he begins to count down his final matches with the Knights, he says he'd most like to be remembered as a player passionate about the Club's fans and the community and as someone that wore the jersey with great pride.

    "I'm good to the community and the fans and am genuine, and that's what Newcastle is all about," he said.

    "I have been through the (Knights junior) system and want to be known for who I am."


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    Knights prepared for Storm challenge

    Fri 21st August, 01:48PM

    Newcastle Knights Dane Gagai and Tariq Sims have spoken about the side's preparation and plan as the red and blue narrow in on Monday night's match against a tough Melbourne Storm.

    The long turnaround has aided players' recovery and preparation, with last week's win against the Wests Tigers also adding valuable confidence.

    "We have a tough game ahead of us on Monday, but with our preparation this week, everyone has been enthusiastic at training and there's a bit more energy. Especially coming off the back of that win," Gagai said.

    "But we know we have to go a step further playing against the Storm at home."

    Sims agreed the opposition is one of the toughest in the competition, but assured the Knights are up for the test.

    "Trying to beat Melbourne down in Melbourne is always a tough ask. At the moment they are starting to hit their straps at the right time," Sims said.

    "I think it's going to be a good challenge for us and something I'm excited about, going down there and playing at AAMI Park."

    As far as matching the Melbourne Storm's fierce attacking game, Sims said he and his teammates understand the roles they must play.

    "We are all going to send a bit of traffic at them to blunt their attack a bit," he said.

    Watch the video in the link below for the full story.


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    If only Tyrone had started the year with such determination. Wish him all success at the Tits (except when they play us of course)!
     

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