2018 team

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  1. Allstar Knights

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    I picked pretty much the same side as yours and posted it on The Mighty Knights FB page.

    Heaps of people saying I'm crazy and that Fitz will be there. While I can't dispute that he would be in our best 17 if he plays like he did at the back end of the year, I just see it as a no brainer that Brown opts for a 2x premership winner and English International in Heighington first over a guy who played 5 or so games of brilliant footy . I can't see J Saifiti and Lillyman not making the side either.

    I actually think it could be good for Fitz to miss Round 1. Healthy competition and he can still force his way in if he plays to that ability again.
     
  2. alexwilliams_66692007

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    Perfect. Exactly how I'd have it.
     
  3. perverse

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    It's a shame the Nines aren't on next year, we'd give that a real shake with our best lineup. Watson and Ponga in the same team almost seems unfair in that format.
     
  4. perverse

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    To say Fitz has a mortgage on a jersey would be laughable for mine. He'll get plenty of chances through injury and whatnot, but yes you would think a player of Heighnos experience would be valuable to us, particularly early on.

    I hope the Saifitis both take it up another level next season. I feel like they both still have more to give. If we can get them to reach their potential then we will be absolutely laughing.
     
  5. Johns Magic

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    Exact same team that I have except I think you'll find Ese'ese will start. He was quoted saying that was a big drawcard for him in signing here.

    Really hoping we sign a centre soon, but there aren't many targets that fit the bill and are realistic.

    I am glad patience paid off with the recruitment. Lightyears away from the sentiment mid-way through the year.
     
  6. Old dog

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    Think that side is close to best we can have unless we get a top signing or two.
    Only change might be if Brownie goes with Buhrer as relief for Levi then Griffin out for Fitzy, a bigger body.
     
  7. Yosh

    Yosh First Grade

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    Was gonna say the only thing I would want to change is to see Sione moved to the bench or backrow and see a good/great centre come into the side. Still 3 months till March?
     
  8. Johns Magic

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  9. mozza91

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    In our last game of 2017 the 1,6, 7 was Ross, Cogger and Hodkinson. Slight upgrade here Iā€™d say.
     
  10. perverse

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    Hopefully our big 3 over the coming years. I'm getting pretty hyped for the season, I can't remember the last time I was this keen for round 1. Wayne's first year, I guess.
     
  11. Frederick

    Frederick Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, same for me. I remember having such high expectations coming into that first game against the dragons but leaving so frustrated
     
  12. Glendale

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    Based on if we were to sign no more players from now till round 1:

    1. Kalyn Ponga
    2. Nathan Ross
    3. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (would prefer him on the wing)
    4. Tautau Moga
    5. Ken Sio
    6. Connor Watson
    7. Mitchell Pearce
    8. Daniel Saifiti
    9. Danny Levi
    10. Jacob Lillyman
    11. Sione Mata'utia (c)
    12. Aiden Guerra
    13. Mitch Barnett

    14. Jamie Buhrer (c)
    15. Herman Ese'ese
    16. Jacob Saifiti
    17. Lachlan Fitzgibbon

    Reserve Grade/depth:
    1. Nick Meaney, 2. Tom Hughes, 3. Brent Naden, 4. Cory Denniss, 5. ?, 6. Brock Lamb, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Josh King, 9. Slade Griffin, 10. Chris Heighington, 11. Sam Stone, 12. Brodie Jones, 13. Luke Yates, 14. Dylan Pythian, 15. Tyrone Amey, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Pat Mata'utia
     
  13. Joel-22

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    Rd 1.

    1.Kalyn Ponga
    2.Nathan Ross
    3.Sione Mata'utia
    4.Shaun Kenny Dowell
    5.Ken Sio
    6.Connor Watson
    7.Mitchell Pearce
    8.Jacob Lillyman
    9.Danny Levi
    10.Herman Ese'ese
    11.Jamie Buhrer
    12.Aiden Guerra
    13.Chris Heighington

    14.Slade Griffin
    15.Daniel Saifiti
    16.Jacob Saifiti
    17.Mitch Barnett

    Rd 10.

    1.Kalyn Ponga
    2.Nathan Ross
    3.Connor Watson
    4.Tautau Moga
    5.Shaun Kenny Dowell
    6.Brock Lamb
    7.Mitchell Pearce
    8.Daniel Saifiti
    9.Danny Levi
    10.Herman Ese'ese
    11.Sione Mata'utia
    12.Aiden Guerra
    13.Mitch Barnett

    14.Jamie Buhrer
    15.Jacob Saifiti
    16.Jacob Lillyman
    17.Lachlan Fitzgibbon

    - Moga will struggle to be fit for rd 1.
    - Daifiti has been a slow starter in previous years
    - Brown will reward hard trainers with FG spots in round 1 (Heighington, Griffin, Buhrer, Lillyman etc)
    - Ese'ese and Watson will have starting spots at least for the first 6 games
    - Someone will get injured/suspended/picked in rep footy (Pearce) and Lamb will come back into the starting side and will grab the opportunity with both hands and will be left at 5/8
     
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  14. Tom155

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    I think you are almost spot on but Herman will start over Lillyman imo
     
  15. perverse

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    The only reason I think Ese'ese makes more sense from the bench is that he can provide legitimate impact when he comes on. I worry about a drop in intensity if we play Lillyman from the bench.
     
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  16. Knight Vision

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    I think Ese'ese will start with Lilllyman. From memory Ese'ese was told he would be given a crack at a starting position if he joined the Knights and I could imagine Brownie will want an experienced prop to start and on the field with the younger guys at every given opportunity.
     
  17. Tom155

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    ^ this & I think you may be underrating Lillyman a little
     
  18. perverse

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    I don't mean to underrate Lillyman, I am a fan, I just don't know if he's as explosive as someone like Ese'ese. So good to be having conversations like this about legitimate first graders.
     
  19. Johns Magic

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    Yeah the two Saifiti's off th bench together could be a real weapon for us, they seem to lift when on the park together.
     
  20. perverse

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    I'd hate to waste Dans engine on a bench spot, but it may come to that for the balance of the team, yeah. Great "problem" to have.
     

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