Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights' started by Joel-22, Apr 30, 2016.
I think the Dan and Jacob coming on for spell together would be a sight to behold.
If I was sole selector of the props would start with Ese'ese, as promised, and Lillyman for experience the interchange with Dan and Jacob who have stated that they want and feel better on field together, everyone is happy.
I don't necessarily think a bench spot means less minutes. Look at Reagan Campbell-Gillard this year. His minutes increased when he came off the bench.
Regardless I don't think that having a "solid" type of guy coming off the bench is a bad thing. And Ese'ese relished the starting role last year, had his best games there from memory.
think dan and lillyman start
jacob is no walk up on the bench either.
Thank goodness the days of commentators thinking Gagai was our best player are over too
Knights back-up halfback Jack Cogger’s management will seek a formal meeting with the club in a bid to have him released from the final year of his contract with speculation mounting Canterbury want him to partner Kieran Foran in the halves next season
LOL - heard Peter Tunks on Talkin' Sport in the last day or 2 still banging on about Gaigai (the messiah) being the best thing since sliced bread for the Bunnies next year and how stupid the Knights were to let him go....maybe I should have sent him my LU sig and suggested that was a more appropriate consideration of Gaigai from the Knights point of view
i haven't been this excited since '14 and that's when I thought we would win that year...wrong end of scale
I'm still worried about a couple of players & Issues
Kalyn Ponga - 1st season fulltime and as fullback - it took Rossdog awhile to adapt to that posistion
Connor Watson - again unproven as full time & as 5/8
Both rookie players in 1st grade , potential but not proven
Goal Kicker - no recognised person with high goalkicking %
Myself I think Brock Lamb should be starting 5/8 and the first choice goalkicker
Connor Watson should be #14 and a great utility at that
Ponga and Watson will be fan favourites within the first 4 weeks.
I saw some stats this morning which brought home just how good Lamb went during our three late season wins at the end of the year. He was involved in a lot of try and line break assists during thay period. Browns hands are tied relating to Watson getting first shot at number 6. It wouldn't surprise me if after 5 or 6 weeks that watson will move to centre with Sione moving back to the forwards.
I think it's a great time to blood them. We aren't expected to do well and with Pearce taking the brunt of the media spotlight, even if things go wrong, not much blame will be put on those two. They'll make their mistakes, learn and hopefully become strong players for it. No pressure and they'll be in a set up that will try to make the best of their talents.
I think there's very little doubt that Lamb improved out of sight in all areas over last season. His defence, which he obviously worked extremely hard on, was pretty darn good late in the season compared to the first few months. For a really young bloke he certainly showed great desire to improve in all areas of his game. That improvement in defensive technique showed me that a player can adress an area of weakness and make huge gains if they are really want to. That is something that could not be said about some of the players Brown moved on.
Lamb has the smarts imo and he could be very, very good in the future.
The good thing is that whatever the starting 13+4 is we are overall stronger and with great potential to improve as season progresses that you've got to be looking forward to season start even if it's not you're selected 13+4.
Newcastle Knights winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall has welcomed his four former Roosters teammates.
Looks like sione to centre is pretty much confirmed now. Training there all off season with SKD. Hopefully he goes well.
I think Sione is our best option at this stage with the possibility that one of the younger centres will fire up and put pressure on, might not have Moga for trials and early comp games.
We don't lose anything in the forwards with Guerra etc so pack will be stronger than last season.
I think Sione will fire up at centre and go well. His stint in the BR may well have given him more confidence to read defence on the edge
I think Brownie, and Freddy Fittler with his selection in the emerging Blues squad, have a lot of faith in his ability and potential. I do hope that translates into him being selected and settled into this role for the season and him having a real chance to develop that potential.
While I don't expect him to be a seasoned performing Centre from week 1, I think this is going to be a really pivotal year for Sione to realise that potential with consistently improving performances and give his NRL career a clear and definitive direction for the future.
Incumbent NSW Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce and rising star Kalyn Ponga have wasted no time striking up a combination during pre-season training with the pair often leaving teammates and coaching staff reaching for the superlatives.
Not a bad estimate although I'm thinking Ese'ese to start with Lillyman and Dan on the bench. Jacob to reserves and Griffin to start with Levi coming on after 20.
THE BEST 17
1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Nathan Ross
3. Sione Mata’utia
4. Tautau Moga
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Connor Watson
7. Mitchell Pearce
8. Herman Ese’ese
10. Jacob Lillyman
11. Aidan Guerra
12. Jamie Buhrer
13. Mitchell Barnett
14. Danny Levi
15. Daniel Saifiti
16. Chris Heighington
17. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
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