2018 R14 Sat - Knights 16-18 Roosters @ McDonald Jones

Discussion in 'Game Day Spoilers / Match Discussion' started by LeagueUnlimited News, Jun 3, 2018.

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Round 14: Knights v Roosters

Poll closed Jun 9, 2018.
  1. Newcastle Knights

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  2. Sydney Roosters

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  3. Draw after Golden Point

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  1. Apey

    Apey Moderator Staff Member

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    Nathan Brown to get the chalkboard back out with "Pass it to Ponga" written on and start tapping it with the chalk. Gotta remind some of the Knights boys of the game plan.
     
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  2. TheFrog

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    I;m sure that's not what Hook will be telling the boys this week.
     
  3. Tommy Smith

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    You just need Pearce back and you're absolutely a finals standard team.

    He cops a lot of shit from the mong brigade but he's an outstanding first grade halfback.

    And very influential as evidenced by how you're going without him. Aa a half he probably touches the ball more than anyone else in the comp.

    Win the next 3 against very ploddy teams, then get Pearce back and the Knights can still make the finals imo.
     
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  4. mxlegend99

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    Cleary is only 20.
    Mitchell is only 20.

    A young and inexperienced NSW side is the perfect time to debut him. 20 is plenty old enough. Inglis was 19. Folau was 18. Age certainly didnt hurt them.
     
  5. mxlegend99

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    Definitely better than Raiders.
     
  6. TheFrog

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    They could put him on the wing and bring Gagai in, and drop Chambers. But they won't even do that and they definitely won't drop Slater if he's fit and neither they should.

    It's not his age, nor even his inexperience in first grade. It's that they have better options at this point in time in attempting to win the next game. His time will come. Maybe game 3 if the series is decided or maybe next year.
     
  7. perverse

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    I've always rated Pearce highly at club level, and he was in absolute stellar form for us this year - thriving with the leadership of the team.

    I was over the moon when we got him. At club level he is elite, but for whatever reason he's never managed to translate that in the rep arena. I think my favourite quality is his competitiveness... but there's no real weakness in his game - he's everything you could want from your halfback. I really don't feel like the Roosters got that much of an upgrade shifting him, to be honest.
     
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    Noname36 First Grade

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    As a Blues supporter I’m fully behind playing Gagai in the centres.



    On this game: such a shame Pearce went down because we would have played finals easily this year. Devasted for Buhrer too. I know every team gets injuries but we seem to get well beyond our fair share.
     
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    And just another thing on Pearce - how good can his combination with Ponga get over the next few years? Brown has a responsibility to put a class forward pack in front of these guys, because our spine at full health is plenty capable.
     
  10. Noname36

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    That’s where we missed Pearce the most. They were just passing the ball to whoever was next to them and hoping for the best.
     
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  11. Noname36

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    Brown has acknowledged the massive need for props but I worry it will be like last year and none will want to sign. I don’t think Watson is a natural half but I really like his energy and I think he’ll thrive with Pearce next to him organising.
     
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    We don't need a ballplaying 5/8th with Pearce and Ponga there, for sure.
     
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    There is absolutely no chance of Kevin Walters letting Dane Gagai play centre in an Origin game. Ever.

    Unless he has lost his mind or is being blackmailed with a heinous crime.
     
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    While the options ahead of him are more established, Qld were clearly lacking in creativity in game 1 and Ponga has more of that than any of their playmakers. Hell as a Knights and Blues fan I hope they never pick him but he’d at least make a better bench option than Milford who I’m assuming would be asked to play a similar role.
     
  15. Danish

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    Brownie’s half time speech-

    “Don’t make me tap the sign...”
     
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  16. Apey

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  17. Valheru

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    I will take the 2 points at this time of year however we can get it.

    Having said that the knights were stiff to lose tonight, they were committed abd stoic and would have beaten most of the other teams tonight
     
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    Frederick Moderator Staff Member

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    Roosters fans, who was missing from your team last night? Cordner and Matterson...anyone else of note?
     
  19. Valheru

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    Just those 2
     
  20. Frederick

    Frederick Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks. Just makes me prouder of my team knowing that we almost stole the game away when you guys were basically full strength and we were missing Pearce, Moga, both saifitis and Buhrer did his ACL during the game
     
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