Round 4: Newcastle Knights vs St George Illawarra Dragons

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What is your prediction for this game ??

Poll closed Apr 1, 2018.
  1. Knights 13+

    4 vote(s)
    15.4%
  2. Knights 1-12

    8 vote(s)
    30.8%
  3. Draw

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Dragons 1-12

    7 vote(s)
    26.9%
  5. Dragons 13+

    7 vote(s)
    26.9%
  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    SUNDAY 1ST APRIL, 2018 @ 4:10PM
    WIN STADIUM, WOLLONGONG


    OFFICIALS


    REFEREES: GRANT ATKINS AND JON STONE
    SIDELINE OFFICIALS: NICK MOREL AND PHIL HENDERSON
    VIDEO REFEREES: ASHLEY KLEIN AND BEN GALEA


    LOWER GRADES

    ISP: NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS VS ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
    WIN STADIUM, WOLLONGONG
    SUNDAY APRIL 1ST, 2018 @ 1:45PM

    JERSEY FLEGG: NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS VS ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
    MICHAEL CRONIN OVAL, GERRINGONG
    SATURDAY 31ST MARCH, 2018 @ 1:00PM


    KNIGHTS TEAM


    1. KALYN PONGA
    2. SHAUN KENNY-DOWALL
    3. SIONE MATA'UTIA
    4. TAUTAU MOGA
    5. NATHAN ROSS
    6. BROCK LAMB
    7. MITCHELL PEARCE (C)
    8. HERMAN ESE'ESE
    9. SLADE GRIFFIN
    10. JACOB LILLYMAN
    11. LACHLAN FITZGIBBON
    12. AIDAN GUERRA
    13. MITCHELL BARNETT

    14. JAMIE BUHRER (C)
    15. CHRIS HEIGHINGTON
    16. JACOB SAIFITI
    17. DANIEL SAIFITI

    18. KEN SIO
    19. JACK COGGER
    20. DANIEL LEVI
    21. LUKE YATES

    STATS

    PLAYER AND TEAM STATS
    MATCH STATS
    HISTORICAL STATS



    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    - DANNY LEVI REQUIRES 1 MORE GAME TO REACH 50 NRL GAMES
    - NATHAN ROSS REQUIRES 2 MORE GAMES TO REACH 50 NRL GAMES
    - JAMIE BUHRER REQUIRES 3 MORE GAMES TO REACH 150 NRL GAMES
    - DANIEL SAIFITI REQUIRES 4 MORE GAMES TO REACH 50 NRL GAMES
     
  2. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Will be interesting to see how we go after a big loss

    Tipping Dragons by 20 but hopefully I'm wrong
     
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  3. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    The 2018 Knights play a high risk attacking style of football. If the passes stick and the ball bounces our way we can beat anyone.
    If passes don't stick and the ball bounces badly for us, it can be a trainwreck.
     
  4. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Dragons by plenty a couple of loses will be handy to get our feet back on the ground.
     
  5. Barry Crush

    Barry Crush Danny Levi

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    I think we will bounce back, don't know what the result will be but I suspect the Knights will be a lot tougher next week
     
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  6. rhugh89

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    Levi's Burning NRL Desire


    Matt Buxton (Twitter: @MattBuxton22) NSWRL.com.au
    Mon 26 Mar 2018, 01:40 PM



    The door for Danny Levi to return to NRL has possibly been opened with boom five-eighth Connor Watson reportedly out for up to three months after injuring his shoulder that could require surgery.

    Brock Lamb is expected to fill Watson’s position at No.6, meaning his spot on the bench is now free for coach Nathan Brown to either go with an extra big body or potentially pick Levi to provide a spark at dummy half at some stage of the game.

    Levi played the entire season in first grade last year for the Knights and finished the year playing for New Zealand in the World Cup, meaning it would have been a shock to the system to begin 2018 playing in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW. He is, however, not kicking stones, and backs his own ability to fight his way back in the side.

    “Honestly, I thought I deserved a first-grade shot, but they went another way, so I’ve got to go back to work,” Levi says to NSWRL.com.au after being the standout player in the Knights victory over Wentworthville yesterday.

    “I can’t do anything about it, I can’t sook about it, I’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get back up in there.

    “I had a big task ahead of me [today], I’ve got a point to prove and the boys really helped me out there."

    It was no secret the Knights team would drastically change from last season given the large amount of personnel they signed. It was, however, a shock to most people outside Newcastle when Levi was not selected in the 17.

    Honestly, I thought I deserved a first-grade shot, but they went another way, so I’ve got to go back to work.

    Stuck behind Cameron Smith at the Melbourne Storm, not many had seen what Slade Griffin could do. He’s certainly a defensive powerhouse, doing a job of tightening up the defence in the middle.

    Levi credits Griffin, along with some other new recruits, of bringing a winning culture to Newcastle.

    “The whole town is getting behind us, all of these new players they’re bringing a lot of quality to our training and in the games,”

    “Young Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce have been good, Slade Griffin is a machine in defence so they’re really helping us along and showing us what a winning first-grade team is.”

    With the injury of Watson, there is certainly room in the team for both Griffin and Levi to operate should Brown go that way, as they have completely different styles of play.

    In contrast to last season, Levi now has the World Cup experience under his belt, which no doubt has improved him as a player.

    “[The World Cup] was amazing, it was a dream come true for me,” Levi said

    “I’ve been dreaming about it since I was a young buck so to finally get to do it was awesome.

    “Hopefully I can get back up into the top squad and get to do it again sometime.”

    If Nathan Brown was to call Levi back to NRL at some stage, he certainly has been proving his worth in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.

    He was simply outstanding yesterday, playing the lead role in instrumenting a comeback against the Wentworthville Magpies where he set up two late tries in crafty fashion.

    The Knights had blown two leads in the opening two rounds, and Levi was relieved that he and the team were on the other side of the equation in round three.

    “We go really well at the start, but it’s a game of 80 minutes, so we’ve got to be able to play that full 80,” Levi said.

    “I thought today was a good step, we didn’t quite complete everything we wanted, but the boys still dug deep and we finally got a win, so hopefully we can get some more.

    “It was good to finally get a win, we haven’t sung the song in a while so it was good to finally get to do it.”

    NRL team lists will be announced tomorrow at 4pm, and it will be interesting to see if Levi is named in the 21-man-squad.


    https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2018/03/26/levis-burning-nrl-desire/
     
  7. EASBay17

    EASBay17 David Lomax

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    id say weve been quiet the opposite. We play 1 out coming out our own end and are happy to go set for set for field posession. Low to no offloads, and are really only using our set plays inside the opp 20.
     
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  8. rhugh89

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    Early Mail from the DT

    DRAGONS V KNIGHTS

    Sunday, April 1st, 4.10pm, WIN Stadium

    Dragons: Forwards Tariq Sims and Leeson Ah Mau (high tackles) copped fines at the judiciary and are free to play.

    Knights: Five-eighth Connor Watson (shoulder) is set to be sidelined for up to 12 weeks with coach Nathan Brown confirming he’s likely to need surgery on an injured shoulder. Brock Lamb will replace Watson with Danny Levi to come onto the bench as a hooking option.


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...s/news-story/8c42aad5416eee6f16046435e82244e1
     
  10. Matty23

    Matty23 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Us by 13+, keen for Sunday already. Big bounce back game after a tough loss, Dragons will get cocky thinking they’ll go 4/4 but will s*** themselves when we run rampant.
     
  11. Kurriboy

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    I think we will see in this game why Lamb is the choice at 5/8. We are going to see Pearce linking with Lamb at second receiver followed by a short ball to Fitzy to score.

    Your going to see Lamb's running game create some chances where Watson wasn't.

    Thats my prediction.
     
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    KNIGHTS

    1. Kalyn Ponga
    2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    3. Sione Mata’utia
    4. Tautau Moga
    5. Nathan Ross
    6. Brock Lamb
    7. Mitchell Pearce (c)
    8. Herman Ese’ese
    9. Slade Griffin
    10. Jacob Lillyman
    11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    12. Aidan Guerra
    13. Mitch Barnett

    14. Jamie Buhrer (c)
    15. Chris Heighington
    16. Jacob Saifiti
    17. Daniel Saifiti

    18. Ken Sio
    19. Jack Cogger
    20. Danny Levi
    21. Luke Yates

    DRAGONS

    1. Matt Dufty
    2. Nene Macdonald
    3. Euan Aitken
    4. Tim Lafai
    5. Jason Nightingale
    6. Gareth Widdop (c)
    7. Ben Hunt
    8. James Graham
    9. Cameron McInnes
    10. Paul Vaughan
    11. Tyson Frizell
    12. Tariq Sims
    13. Jack de Belin

    14. Luciano Leilua
    15. Kurt Mann
    16. Leeson Ah Mau
    17. Hame Sele

    18. Jeremy Latimore
    19. Zac Lomax
    20. Jacob Host
    21. Blake Lawrie
     
  13. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Levi aint seeing nrl unless Griffin is injured.
     
  14. Joey1245

    Joey1245 Craig Gower

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    Watson has a try assist to both fitz and Guerra I don’t understand your point and exactly how you say lamb will
     
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    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Both off lovely little short balls Joey...

    That's a pretty balanced looking side/bench. We'll smoke these pretenders.
     
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    Levi must have hit on browns misses
     
  17. Joey1245

    Joey1245 Craig Gower

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    Very positive I like but I think dragons will touch us up which is fine we will only get better
     
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  18. slotmachine

    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    We should of beat them twice last year with a reserve grade side.
    They improved a bit, we've improved a lot. They don't have anywhere near the class of the chooks. We will be right in it.
     
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  19. Ethan

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    Why would you have Levi on the bench when your hooker can play 80 min and you can have 4 forwards on the bench 1 of which can play hooker if need be ...Also your starting hooker is players player each week ...
     
  20. Simon Templar

    Simon Templar Matt White

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    88 this is true, unless Brownie swaps out Levi for Burhrer ( which is unlikely as he is Captain) , but there is no way we can run competitively with both Levi and Burhrer.
     
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