Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights Discussion' started by rhugh89, Aug 19, 2018.
Worse things than Ponga getting late shots all day.
Meaney: The waiting game and preparation
Heighington: The mindset needed to finish strong
Injury update: ‘I’d be lying if I didn’t say he was doubtful’
Thu 23 Aug 2018, 03:02 PM
Kalyn Ponga is racing the clock for Sunday's Round 24 clash with Cronulla.
The nib Newcastle Knights young gun has been named at five-eighth to face the Sharks this week but in doubt with an ongoing ankle complaint.
It's an injury the Club has been managing for several weeks after Ponga rolled his ankle at training.
While he played 80 minutes in last week's impressive win over Penrith, his ankle hasn't recovered the way the coaching staff had hoped which kept him out of training on Thursday.
According to coach Nathan Brown, his ability to train on Saturday at the team's final session will determine whether he suits up this weekend.
"He's in a boot at the moment," Brown said.
"Obviously we'll give him every bit that's possible until Saturday. I'd be lying if I didn't say he was doubtful but we'll see where that ends.
"It was going to come to a stage sooner or later where he couldn't keep going.
"I'm not sure what level of fitness he's been at but he hasn't been 100 percent. Where it ends up? We're not sure yet. We'll just wait til Saturday."
While Ponga is under a cloud, Connor Watson is poised to return.
Brown confirmed the versatile playmaker is ready to come back from a groin injury which has troubled him for several weeks.
"Connor will play regardless of what happens with Kalyn," Brown said.
"How it all unfolds? We'll just have to wait and see.
"Connor is an important part of our team and club and obviously a lot has been talked about the combinations and who may play where but we don't really have to worry about it at this stage because we have to wait and see if Kalyn's going to be fit."
Should Ponga be ruled out, Brown has options.
Watson could also return to the halves or should he play, Nick Meaney has been named in the No.1 but Watson could shift to that role should Brown decide to use him that way.
"Connor played there for the Roosters last year," Brown said of Watson at fullback.
"He only played a handful of games for the Roosters and he got man of the match in a few games. It's a position he plays very well.
"Kalyn has probably got a bit of a different style from Connor so his role from fullback to five-eighth it doesn't change greatly but they are a little different."
And so the switch of Kalyn to 5/8 and Watson to fullback or bench utility for 2019 is officially on!
I reckon Brock Lamb will get the gig at 5/8th in Round 1 2019.
The time to decide, one way or another, is now.
They need to train all off season in the position they are going to play next year.
King focused on lifting game
Kalyn Ponga: ‘I might miss the last two games’
Ive been knocking King latly but I have to admit Kings defence was great on the weekend (very hard for us to come by) and he didnt make any mistakes. If he continues to do that and works on making more meters he could become a good player. Might become Glasby like, especially with his mentoring in the off season. I doubt he will ever be a great of the game though.
I don't see anywhere that indicates anything about positions in 2019? Must be missing something.
And Lamb will be a chook round one 2019.
And apparently Moylan is out with Shane Flannagen's son Kyle to play five-eigth
That was a part of the game I was looking forward too, Ponga V Moylan
Saulo out Lillyman in.
Ponga out watson in.
I know this thread is for tomorrow’s game, but does anyone know if there are any other grades playing next week or is it only 1st grade?
Reserve grade are finished for the year.
Flegg are playing their first final game v Mounties at McDonald Jones Stadium at 1.15 PM Saturday September 1. I think it's the first time we've played a home final in Flegg.
Ironically, it would probably be a good thing if we lose the first final game, otherwise we only play 1 game in a month before our first knockout final.
Thanks Billy, we’ll make sure we get there early for that one
Saulo has been cut from the squad.
I assume he is now training with Flegg and will play with them next week.
I agree he tried hard but he did pass the ball along the ground to a Penrith player. After a couple of years he's still no better than even money chance to not hold the ball.
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