13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels 54-6

13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels 54-6

Postby TerryG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:07 pm

8th September, 3:00pm, Hunter Stadium | #NRLNEWPAR

Image 1 Darius Boyd, 2 James McManus, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Joey Leilua, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Jarrod Mullen, 7 Tyrone Roberts, 8 Zane Tetevano, 9 Danny Buderus, 10 Willie Mason, 11 Robbie Rochow, 12 Beau Scott, 13 Jeremy Smith

Interchange: 14 Alex McKinnon, 15 Chris Houston, 16 Neville Costigan, 17 David Fa'alogo

Coach: Wayne Bennett

Notes: Jeremy Smith returns for the Knights, pushing Alex McKinnon back to the bench and Tyrone Roberts starts at halfback in place of the injured Kurt Gidley.


Image 1 Ken Sio, 2 Vai Toutai, 3 Ryan Morgan, 4 Ben Roberts, 5 Semi Radradra, 6 Reni Maitua, 7 Luke Kelly, 8 Tim Mannah, 9 Matt Keating, 10 Fuifui Moimoi, 11 Pat O'Hanlon, 12 Mitch Allgood, 13 Darcy Lussick

Interchange: 14 Joseph Paulo, 15 Peni Terepo, 16 Daniel Harrison, 17 Junior Paulo

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Note: Daniel Harrison replaces unused interchage player Jake Mullaney, with Reni Maitua at five-eighth again.
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:07 pm

Knights v Eels preview

By Chris Kennedy
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Wed 04th September, 1:45pm


Knights v Eels
Hunter Stadium
Sunday 3pm

With jostling for position still furious at several parts of the ladder heading into the final round of the regular season, the Novocastrians at least have the advantage of knowing their fate is well and truly in their own hands.

They have a further advantage in that every side currently in competition with them for a finals berth plays before they host this year’s wooden spooners at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Warriors, Titans and Cowboys are all locked on 26 competition points, just one behind the seventh-placed Knights on 27. And all three of those sides play consecutively on Super Saturday – with the Warriors and Cowboys going in favourites against the struggling Dragons and Tigers respectively, while the Titans have a tougher ask away to the Storm.

Still, if any two of those three sides win, Newcastle will be bumped down to ninth and in need of a win against the embattled Eels to claw back into the top eight. If just one of those sides win then this game will decide whether the Knights finish seventh or eighth, and hence whether they travel to face the Sharks or Bulldogs, with the Dogs currently favourites to hold onto fifth spot.

While they will certainly be expected to win – especially after a strong and much-needed away victory over Brisbane last week – they won’t have it entirely their own way. The Eels are coming off a rare win, for starters, while the Knights have a few personnel issues to contend with.

Form prop Kade Snowden is obviously gone for the year for his shot on Cowboy Ray Morgan a fortnight ago but in a massive blow, playmaking utility and skipper Kurt Gidley suffered yet another awful foot injury last week to be ruled out for the year.

It means Tyrone Roberts comes back on as starting half while Alex McKinnon goes back to the bench for returning lock Jeremy Smith.

With the wooden spoon sewn up the Eels have little to gain or lose from their last match of the year, which could potentially make them a tricky prospect. They will be buoyed not only by last week’s win against the Dragons but by the fact they did it without go-to man Jarryd Hayne, who has again not been named – although the club has said in the team announcement he “remains a possibility of a late inclusion”.

It means Ken Sio will again play fullback, with the entire named side identical to the one that took the field last week following a late reshuffle – including Vai Toutai on the wing, Ben Roberts in the centres, Reni Maitua at five-eighth and Pat O’Hanlon starting in the second row. The Eels actually made it through last week with just 16 players, so Daniel Harrison is the only addition.

Watch Out Knights: The Eels had a couple of standouts last week but a man who made a big enough impact to earn the man-of-the-match award, following several weeks of strong form, was Joe Paulo. Coming off the bench, Paulo made 134 metres from 13 runs and his line-break late in the first half split the defence late in the tackle count – only for Paulo to immediately call for the ball on the next play to grubber in goal and force a line-dropout. The Eels need players who want to make a difference with the ball in their hands, especially with Hayne out, and it’s that sort of play they’ve been lacking this year.

And a man who was unsurprisingly a star, but in a most surprising way, was two-try hero Fuifui Moimoi, whose first-half double had the Eels going to the break surprising leaders after conceding the first two. Although the Eels will be less worried about him latching onto cross-field kicks and more worried about bending the opposition defensive line up in Newcastle.

All three – and the rest of the side – will need to match or improve on last week’s efforts to challenge Newcastle at home.

Watch Out Eels: Most stats don’t make pretty reading for the Eels this year and their record away from home – 13 games for 13 losses with a colossal 33 points per game conceded – is of particular concern, but there are some key figures the Knights will be eyeing off.

The biggest danger sign for the Eels, who are conceding the most territory in the NRL at 1447 metres per game – is the fact they are meeting the competition’s leading metre-eaters. Newcastle make 1435 metres per game and winger Akuila Uate will be looking to make up for an embarrassing blunder last week, dropping the ball over the line without a hand on him, by taking out his frustrations on the Eels.

Uate has made the fifth-most metres in the league at 2969 in 2013, and is number one when it comes to kick returns, making 1335 metres from 97 such runs at 13.8 metres each. Given the Eels’ propensity in 2013 for picking out opposition backs on the full with long kicks, Uate will be looking for a prosperous day out.

Plays To Watch: Precision long kicks from Knights pivot Jarrod Mullen to test the Eels’ new-look backline (most long kicks this year at 172; 107 to open space); Radradra to continue on his try-scoring ways (five tries in just six games to be Parramatta’s fourth-highest scorer in 2013 and even got over the stripe in the 64-4 loss to Melbourne); James McManus to continue his breakout year (17 tries in 22 games, previous best 10 tries in 2011 and 2012); Eels skipper Tim Mannah again leading from the front (143 metres from 14 runs in 59 minutes last week).

Key Match-Up: Jarrod Mullen v Luke Kelly. The kicking duel will be crucial and Mullen is an expert at kicking long and finding space. Kelly is still finding his feet in the halves but his kicking game is much improved. As a virtually lone kicking option, Mullen will be targeted by Eels’ defenders on last tackle options but he tends to get a good kick away even in traffic. Kelly will need to help level the yardage disadvantage the Eels often find themselves facing, and stop the likes of Uate fielding long kicks on the full.

Where It Will Be Won: Well it won’t be the battle of the offloads – these two sides have offloaded the ball on fewer occasions than any other clubs in 2013. This means it will likely be almost the opposite: whichever side is better at clawing every possible metre out of each hit-up, and whichever side can win the wrestle in defence and slow down the opposition dummy-half darts will go a long way to winning the arm-wrestle in the middle and creating opportunities for points.

The History: Played 43; Newcastle 23, Parramatta 19, drawn 1. Given the Eels’ away form this year their record at Hunter Stadium – six wins from 21 visits – doesn’t inspire confidence. The Knights are currently on a four-match winning run against the Eels, who last beat Newcastle in 2009, at home.

Match Officials: Referees – Ben Cummins & Luke Phillips; Sideline Officials – Jason Walsh & Chris Butler; Video Referees – Jason Robinson & Luke Patten.

Televised: Channel 9 – Delayed, 4pm.

The Way We See It: The Eels sent a handful of blue-and-gold faithful home happy last week but we suspect that will be their last hurrah for 2013. The Knights have everything to play for in front of their ‘Old Boys’ and they’re hosting a team that has simply not looked competitive away from home at any stage in 2013.

Knights by 14 points.

source: http://www.nrl.com/knights-v-eels-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/74446/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:51 pm

Preview: Knights v Eels
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Last Updated 05/09/2013 9:25 AM

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HEAD TO HEAD: Played 43, Knights 23, Eels 19, draws 1.
LAST TIME: Round 17, 2012 – Eels 12-20 Knights at Parramatta Stadium.

MISSING IN ACTION: The Knights will be without injured captain Kurt Gidley, who will be cheering from the sidelines as he prepares to undergo foot surgery.

Craig Gower saw a specialist on Tuesday for his shoulder/neck surgery and is expected to be sidelined for two weeks following surgery.

Prop Willie Mason returned from injury last weekend while Jeremy Smith returns to take his place in the No.13 jersey.

Eels star Jarryd Hayne hasn't been named in the 17 for the second straight encounter between these two teams, but could be a late inclusion if he passes a fitness test. Ken Sio will hold his spot in the meantime, while Reni Maitua moves to five-eighth and partners halfback Luke Kelly. Cheyse Blair is still sidelined with a knee injury.

FORM: The Knights snapped a two-game losing streak that threatened to take them out of the top eight for the first time since Round 14, when they lost 14-16 to the Storm in Melbourne.

With their spot in the top eight hanging by a point, Darius Boyd and co will be looking to improve their Hunter Stadium record in 2013 to seven wins, four losses and a draw on Sunday. If they can do that, then seventh spot is all theirs.

For the Eels, their season review starts on Monday. Having sat in last spot on the ladder since their 24-38 loss to the Roosters in Round 13, their 13th wooden spoon in 67 seasons was confirmed even ahead of their match against the Knights on Sunday.

The only thing they have to play for is pride. Well, for that matter, they're playing to avoid further embarrassment. If they lose on Sunday and finish on 14 points it will be their worst season tally since the 1995 ARL competition, where they finished 19th of 20 teams with just six competition points.

WE THINK: The Knights have far too much at stake to even contemplate losing this one at Hunter Stadium. Wayne Bennett's men have been there or thereabouts for most of the season and know when a big match is needed - especially at Hunter Stadium. Parramatta, on the other hand, are about as cool, calm and composed as their soon-to-be-former coach, Ricki Stuart.

Expect a big one from the Knights as they confirm their status in style on Sunday.

Knights by 16.

source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/preview-knights-v-eels-251393
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby Muppet » Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:01 pm

C'mon the Magic Eels. You have got to win this one. Just think how happy it will make me.
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:09 pm

HISTORY, Played 43, Knights 23, Eels 19, Drawn 1, THIS GROUND, Played 21, Knights 15, Eels 6
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:09 pm

The Knights has won the last 4 clashes with Eels with all 4 wins being by 8 points or less
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:10 pm

A Knights try has been the 1st scoring play in 6 of the last 7 against Eels
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:10 pm

Eels have conceded the 1st try of the match in 9 of their 11 away games this season
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:10 pm

Knights have scored the 1st points of the match in 8 of their last 9 home games
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:11 pm

A loss by Eels will see them go the entire season without an away win for the 1st time since 1995
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:11 pm

A loss to Eels will also make it 15 consecutive away losses
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:12 pm

Knights have the worst attacking record in the comp over the last 3 weeks crossing for just 7 tries
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:13 pm

TEAM NEWS: Knights, David Fa’alogo comes into the side for Zane Tetevano
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:13 pm

With Hayne returning to FB, Ken Sio to centre. Dan Harrison to centre. Paulo lock. Joseph Ualesi & Ken Edwards to make NRL debuts
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Knights v Eels

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:15 pm

We are UNDERWAY at Hunter Stadium as Newcastle celebrate
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