'12 | R1 | Thu | Knights 14-15 Dragons* | Hunter

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Round 1 result: Knights v Dragons

Poll closed Mar 1, 2012.
  1. Newcastle Knights

    48.5%
  2. St George Illawarra Dragons

    48.5%
  3. Draw after Golden Point

    3.0%
  1. Timmah

    Timmah LeagueUnlimited News Editor Staff Member

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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


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


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    NSW Cup R1 - Cutters (STI) v Sharks (CRO/MEL) @ WIN Stadium, Sat 3:00pm

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  2. RABK

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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
     
  3. DragonPunk

    DragonPunk Live Update Team Staff Member

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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.
     
  4. joshie

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    Knights by a point.
     
  5. Hutty1986

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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
     
  6. Saints fan

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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.
     
  7. dragondad

    dragondad First Grade

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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.
     
  8. woodyk2

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    Going the Dragons. Live in newy and everytime they talk it up they fail. Dragons by 14.
     
  9. _Johnsy

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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.
     
  10. Jobdog

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    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.
     
  11. Jason Maher

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    Can't bloody wait. Us by 2.
     
  12. Russell Crowe's Band

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    Knights in golden point. 28-24
     
  13. Chicken_Hunter

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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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    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.

    excited.
     
  16. Hutty1986

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    Ours will be very strong too, we're not Souffs
     
  17. RABK

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    That Knights side could draw at least 7 angry facebook status updates out of hutty over the 80 minutes.
     
  18. S.S.T.I.D

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    I see you're still stalking me and still can't construct a sentence.
     
  19. blaza88z

    blaza88z First Grade

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    knights by 20, that's a hell of a team the knights have assembled
     
  20. Jason Maher

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    With 6 ex-Dragons, you'd expect it to be a strong team... ;-)

    My guess at our team:

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

    14. Cameron King
    15. Dean Young
    16. Jeremy Latimore
    17. Jack De Belin

    Dan Hunt is out injured.

    The questions are who will partner Matt Cooper in the centres, who will play lock, whether Nathan Fien will get a run (I suspect not), and which of our truckload of forward back ups will get a bench run.
     
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