13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights 6-22

13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights 6-22

Postby TerryG » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:26 pm

15th September, 4:00pm, ANZ Stadium| #NRLFINALS

Image 1 Josh Morris, 2 Mitch Brown, 3 Tim Lafai, 4 Krisnan Inu, 5 Sam Perrett, 6 Josh Reynolds, 7 Trent Hodkinson, 8 Aiden Tolman, 9 Michael Ennis, 10 James Graham, 11 Tony Williams, 12 Josh Jackson, 13 Dale Finucane

Interchange: 14 Dean Halatau, 15 Sam Kasiano, 16 Tim Browne, 23 Ben Barba

Coach: Des Hasler



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

Interchange: 14 Matt Hilder, 15 Chris Houston, 16 Neville Costigan, 17 Alex McKinnon

Coach: Wayne Bennett
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:53 pm

Bulldogs v Knights preview

By Greg Prichard
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2:00pm Wed 11th September, 2013


Bulldogs v Knights
ANZ Stadium
Sunday 4pm

We've got a real contest on our hands here. The Bulldogs are the shortest-priced favourites in the four games this weekend, but they are warm favourites rather than hot.

This is a real danger game for them. It's a game the Knights can win, and if you're a fan of either side it wouldn't shock you if the Knights did win, because they've got a very good record against the Bulldogs in recent years. This year's two clashes have both gone to the Knights – 44-8 at home in Round 10 and 18-12 in a Bulldogs home game the club took to Mackay in Round 17. Whatever problem it is the Bulldogs have with the Knights, it has tended to keep reoccurring.

There was little between the two teams on the competition table after 26 rounds. The Bulldogs finished sixth and the Knights seventh. The Bulldogs won 13 games and lost 11, and the Knights won 12, lost 11 and drew one. In attack, the Bulldogs scored one point more than the Knights over the course of the season – 529 to 528. The gap in defence was bigger, but still not substantial. The Knights had the fifth-best defence, conceding 422 points, and the Bulldogs the eighth-best, giving up 463.

The concern for the Bulldogs is their lack of consistency over the closing rounds. After a three-game winning run over a Storm side that was minus their State of Origin stars, the Eels and the Dragons, they went loss, win, loss, win, loss over the last five rounds. Only one of those games was against an eventual top-eight side, a 28-20 loss to the Rabbitohs in Round 24. Their 16-11 loss to the Broncos in the final round was particularly disappointing because it was a game they should have been determined to win for the sake of creating momentum, but the opposition out-willed them.

The Knights enter the finals with momentum, having scored wins over the Broncos, 28-16 on the road, and the Eels, 54-6 at home, in the last two rounds. Sure, giving the Eels a hammering isn't rocket science these days, but all you can do is play the opposition that is in front of you and the impressive thing about the Knights that day was that they went right on with the job. They could have dropped down a few gears in the second half, but instead they pulverised the opposition and left the field feeling pretty good about a job well done.

The Bulldogs have named the same 17 as last week, but with James Graham rising to start and Sam Kasiano dropping to the bench. Second-rower Frank Pritchard has completed a two-match suspension, but hasn't been named. Neither has fellow forward Greg Eastwood, who has been out injured recently.

The Knights have named an unchanged 17.

Watch Out Bulldogs: Darius Boyd has been sneaking into really good form. Even when it appears he has been quiet, his figures usually don't look bad, but in his past three games the Knights fullback has made four line-breaks, scored four tries and run for a total of 467 metres. That's a class player heating up for the finals.

Watch Out Knights: Trying to predict when Tony Williams will explode into action is obviously a very difficult pastime, but if it happens we'll know it. The Bulldogs second-rower has shown signs that the big day may come, only for those signs to prove to be false dawns, but the possibility remains that if the mood takes him anything could happen.

Plays To Watch: James Graham and Sam Kasiano smashing the ball forward for the Bulldogs, always with that hint of the possibility of a great offload.

Josh Reynolds putting the defence in two minds because he's got a great passing game but is a dangerous runner as well. And he follows those forwards around in support.

Boyd with that sweep move around the outside to join in when the Knights are deep in attack. He does it as well as Billy Slater and Brett Stewart, which is saying something.

And Knights five-eighth Jarrod Mullen with his tremendous long-passing game that is a big reason centres Joseph Leilua and Dane Gagai are able to get on the outside of defenders and into the clear.

Key Match-Up: We've got some red-hot wingers going around here. Much of what they have accomplished in the tryscoring department comes down to the great work of the players on their inside, but it's not always as simple as just catching and scoring.

Bulldogs pair Mitch Brown (12 tries in 23 games) and Sam Perrett (17 in 24) and Knights pair James McManus (19 in 23) and Akuila Uate (13 in 21) are all doing great work. One special play from a member of that quartet to get over the line in a potentially tight game could make the difference between winning and losing.

Where It Will Be Won: Will Barba come off the bench as named, or will he start? And, when he is out there, will he come up with something worthwhile? The answer to the first question is up to Bulldogs coach Des Hasler. The rest is up to Barba. The Bulldogs may need something special from him to get the win. The Knights have settled into a fairly decent groove recently, and it will take something special to upset that.

Hooker Danny Buderus turned back the clock a bit in the win over the Eels, and with his retirement looming the Knights would love to keep his season alive for at least another game.

The History: Played 39; Bulldogs 19, Knights 19, drawn 1. The Knights have won seven of the past 10 clashes, including three of the past four. The Knights have also won three of the past five at this venue.

Match Officials: Referees – Ashley Klein & Gavin Badger; Sideline Officials – Paul Holland & Jason Walsh; Video Referees – Steve Chiddy & Justin Morgan.

The Way We See It: The Bulldogs are vulnerable at the moment. It's not OK to say that based on the fact they made the grand final last year they're really a top-four-team that just happens to be in the bottom half of the top eight. They are where they should be, on form.

The Knights have had the wood on them, and will go into this game with confidence because of that and because of their win-win finish to the regular season.

The Bulldogs need Barba firing, but there is no guarantee that will happen. The Knights have got a really solid approach going at the moment which is good enough for them to win this game.

Knights by six points.

source: http://www.nrl.com/bulldogs-v-knights-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/74603/default.aspx
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:52 pm

Preview: Bulldogs v Knights
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Last Updated 11/09/2013 5:50 PM

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 39 - Bulldogs 19, Knights 19, Drawn 1
LAST TIME: Round 17, 2013 – Knights 18-12

MISSING IN ACTION: Canterbury coach Des Hasler has sprung a surprise naming star fullback Ben Barba on the bench, with Josh Morris in the No.1 jersey. Of course it would come as no shock if Barba starts, with young centre Tim Lafai the unlucky player to drop out. Frank Pritchard is available again after serving a two-game ban and although he hasn't been named in the squad is also likely to be a late inclusion.

There's no changes for Newcastle, with Wayne Bennett sticking with the same 17 that beat Parramatta last weekend. Kurt Gidley is sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his ankle, while veteran utility Craig Gower is inching closer to a return as he recovers from his shoulder problem.

FORM: If finals football is all about momentum then the Bulldogs are on borrowed time. They stumbled into the top eight with just two wins from their last five games and were disappointing in their 16-11 defeat to Brisbane last weekend. But if there's one man that knows how to get it done in September it's Hasler and he will have the 'Dogs well prepared to give a strong performance.

The Knights seem to be peaking at just the right time with two big wins under their belt heading into their first finals campaign under Bennett. While it's hard to read too much into their huge win over wooden-spooners Parramatta last Sunday, they have played a real finals-style football over the last month. They will be confident after beating the Bulldogs in their two previous meetings in 2013.

WE THINK: Travelling away for a sudden-death final is never ideal but a clash with the Bulldogs will hold no fears for Newcastle, who have man-handled Canterbury on both occasions in 2013. This match could be decided as much in the coaching box as on the field, with two finals experts in Hasler and Bennett sure to have a couple of tricks up their sleeve come 4pm on Sunday. While there is still some doubt over Barba's fitness – and just how well he gets on with his team-mates – there's no doubting the Bulldogs can't win unless he is close to his dazzling best. But enough beating around the bush. We're here to pick a winner and while the Knights might have recent history on their side, something tells me the 'Dogs have at least one big performance in them in September.

Bulldogs by 6

source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/preview-bulldogs-v-knights-252079
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:13 pm

HISTORY, Played 39,Bulldogs 19, Knights 19, Drawn 1, @ANZStadium Played 12, Bulldogs 7, Knights 5
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:16 pm

The Bulldogs have won only 6 of their 10 matches played @ANZStadium this season
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:16 pm

A Knights try has been the 1st scoring play in 9 of the last 10 meetings with the Bulldogs
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:17 pm

A Knights try has also been the 1st scoring play in 6 of their last 7 games played @ANZStadium
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:17 pm

When the Bulldogs have scored the 1st try they have won 12/14 this season & lost 9/10 when conceding the 1st try
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:18 pm

Knights are 1-17 for today's elimination final against the Bulldogs
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:19 pm

Dogs changes Barba to start, Morris to centres, Inu out, Pritchard & Eastwood start. Williams & Finucane to bench, Browne out.
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:23 pm

Dogs to kick off, Knights to recieve & will be running right to left
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Re: 13.09.15 FW 1 Bulldogs v Knights

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:24 pm

2' The first kick from the Knights finds the dead ball line. Dogs 20m tap.
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