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View Poll Results: Round 1 result: Knights v Dragons
Newcastle Knights 49 48.51%
St George Illawarra Dragons 49 48.51%
Draw after Golden Point 3 2.97%
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Old 22-02-2012, 10:51 PM
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1. Darius Boyd 2. James McManus 3. Wes Naiqama 4. Timana Tahu 5. Akuila Uate 6. Kurt Gidley 7. Jarrod Mullen
8. Kade Snowden 9. Danny Buderus 10. Adam Cuthbertson 11. Chris Houston 12. Zeb Taia 13. Neville Costigan

Interchange: 14. Matt Hilder 15. Richie Fa’aoso 16. Joel Edwards 17. Alex McKinnon




1. Kyle Stanley 2. Brett Morris 3. Beau Scott 4. Matt Cooper 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Ben Hornby (c)
8. Jeremy Latimore 9. Mitch Rein 10. Michael Weyman 11. Matt Prior 12. Ben Creagh 13. Dean Young

Interchange: 14. Nathan Fien 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Trent Merrin 17. Jack De Belin




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Matt Cecchin and Ashley Klein
Sideline Officials: Paul Holland and Ricky MacFarlane
Video Referee: Russell Smith


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Toyota Cup R1 - Knights v Dragons @ Hunter Stadium, Thu 5:15pm
NSW Cup R1 - Vulcans (WAR) v Knights (NEW) @ Mt Smart, Sat 1:00pm
NSW Cup R1 - Cutters (STI) v Sharks (CRO/MEL) @ WIN Stadium, Sat 3:00pm


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Old 23-02-2012, 12:56 AM
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Should be one of, if not, the best season openers in recent memory. Will have everything - packed stadium, origin like atmosphere, two quality sides and the Wayne Bennett factor.

I feel both sides are under a fair bit of pressure to start the season well but neither side will be too adversely affected losing in what should be a real close battle between two sides who'll probably have the games best rivalry over the next few seasons. Newcastle have a whole heap of expectations for obvious reasons but the Dragons also have a lot to prove post Bennett.

I'll tip Knights by 6
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Old 23-02-2012, 01:10 AM
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Heading up with a few mates for this, can't wait. Hopefully the Dragons continue their dominance over Newcastle in Newcastle.
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Old 23-02-2012, 01:18 AM
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Knights by a point.
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Old 23-02-2012, 09:34 AM
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One of the most hyped-up season openers in a while, massive test for Saints first up against a side that has obviously recruited extremely well. Hopefully Newie will be feeling the pressure as competition favourites! Dragons by 8 with a late try in a terrific game of footy
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Old 23-02-2012, 11:48 AM
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Should be an absolute belter. As the other posters have mentioned, the Bennett factor ads a lot of interest, as does Boyd.

I will be interested to see how our backline goes with (presumably) Vidot and Stanley in the mix instead of Gaz and Boyd. Expecting Matt Cooper to have a big influence on how we go this season too.

Us by one, with Jamie Soward to kick the first field goal this year.
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Old 23-02-2012, 03:17 PM
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Thursday night should damage the amount of away support, but there'll still be plenty. Got my GA tickets with my brother into the Dragon Army.
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Going the Dragons. Live in newy and everytime they talk it up they fail. Dragons by 14.
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Could well be the best season opener.

Will be an absolute cracker & won't be more than 6 points in it.
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Going the Dragons. Live in newy and everytime they talk it up they fail. Dragons by 14.
Strangely enough you're not too far off the mark re: Knights in big "hyped up" games. Mind you, I dare say things might be a bit different now - never underestimate the "Bennett Factor".

Absolutely shattered I can't make the game though, but will be at Narrabri Bowling Club with (by the sounds of it) a fair few Knights fans!

Knights by 7.
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Old 23-02-2012, 09:20 PM
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Can't bloody wait. Us by 2.
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Knights in golden point. 28-24
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I think the knights may lose this one. I think it will take a few rounds until we start to hit our straps. Should be a cracker of a game.
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Strong team for Newy. They'll win.

1. Darius Boyd
2. James McManus
3. Wes Naiqama
4. Timana Tahu
5. Akuila Uate
6. Kurt Gidley
7. Jarrod Mullen
8. Kade Snowden
9. Danny Buderus
10. Adam Cuthbertson
11. Chris Houston
12. Zeb Taia
13. Neville Costigan
14. Matt Hilder
15. Richie Fa’aoso
16. Joel Edwards
17. Alex McKinnon

http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/d...ed-for-round-1
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Old 24-02-2012, 01:56 PM
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i am so f**king looking forward to seeing that team develop. there is danger right across the park. we won't be playing anywhere near our best football in round 1 (and to be fair, no team will). as Chicken Hunter said, it may take a while for it all to function correctly. i still think we can have any teams measure, even in our infancy. i expect a close game. i think we can shake the Dragons at home monkey off our back this time.

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