Match Discussion: Round 14 vs Roosters @ McDonald Jones Stadium

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Who will win? Round 14: Knights v Roosters

Poll closed Jun 9, 2018.
  1. Newcastle Knights 13+

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  2. Newcastle Knights 1-12

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  3. Draw after Golden Point

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  4. Sydney Roosters 1-12

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  5. Sydney Roosters 13+

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  1. LeagueUnlimited News

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    NRL 2018 - Round 14
    Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters
    McDonald Jones Stadium, New Lambton (TICKETS)
    Saturday 9 June 2018

    Gates 1:15pm / Flegg 1:30pm / ISP 3:15pm / NRL 5:30pm


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    1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Ken Sio 3. Sione Mata'utia 4. Cory Denniss 5. Shaun Kenny-dowall 6. Connor Watson 7. Jack Cogger 8. Herman Ese'ese 9. Slade Griffin 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Aidan Guerra
    Interchange: 14. Danny Levi 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jamie Buhrer 17. Josh King 18. Jacob Lillyman 19. Luke Yates 20. Nicholas Meaney 21. Brock Lamb

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    1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 13. Isaac Liu
    Interchange: 14. Zane Tetevano 15. Kurt Baptiste 16. Mitchell Aubusson 17. Victor Radley 18. Nat Butcher 19. Lindsay Collins 20. Frank Paul Nuuausala 21. Paul Momirovski


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    Referees: Jon Stone, Alan Shortall
    Sideline Officials: Jeff Younis, Drew Oultram
    Video Referees: Ashley Klein, Luke Patten

    Feeder team matches
    KNIGHTS (NSWRL) & ROOSTERS (NSWRL - Wyong)
    SAT
    Knights v Roosters / Wyong @ McDonald Jones, Flegg 1:30pm / ISP 3:15pm​
     
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  2. Zoidberg

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    Yeah, we got dis
     
  3. mozza91

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    Can’t see us winning but I think we might of reached abit of a turning point over the last 2 weeks. That Sharks loss really stung the players and I don’t think we’ll play near that bad again this year.

    Fingers crossed the Chooks have a few that can’t back up after Origin.
     
  4. Yosh

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    Or maybe we want them to back up after Origin and have a stinker because they are tired? Either way, not bad for us.
     
  5. perverse

    perverse Referee

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    Think we'll rest Kalyn if he plays origin? We probably should, although it's basically giving up this game.
     
  6. alexwilliams_66692007

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    I think QLD should rest Kalyn so he can play this game ;)
     
  7. slotmachine

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    I would
     
  8. Old dog

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    I will be very surprised if he is in the final 17 which would then mean no problems for us
     
  9. Dave_

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    If the 2 heads lose, Ponga will come in as their savior. Then when they lose again, it'll be all Ponga's fault.
     
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    "Mentally, I am ready for Origin," Ponga told NRL.com at the airport.

    "Physically, I pulled up well from the game on the weekend. I'm feeling on top of the world being picked for a team like this.

    "It's pretty surreal at the moment, it's late so I'm keen to get to the hotel and see the coaches.

    "A lot of emotions are going through my head, but I'm keen to see the team and get some rest.

    "I'm pretty proud. It's a proud moment for me to even be invited into the Queensland camp and be around such great personnel."

    To me that sounds like he's already been told he's in the 17.
     
  11. Burwood

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    Even though Queensland have no obligation to name their replacement for Slater just yet and don’t want to do NSW any favours by doing so, I get the feeling they might have already made up their mind and are trying to shield Ponga a bit from the media and pressure. I think he’ll slot straight into Slater’s position- not the bench.
     
  12. PhilGould

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    Ben Hunt in doubt now too.
     
  13. Old dog

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    Don't know the full list of Qld side, originally picked, but would think that they would have most positions covered and best to select from original squad, didn't even realise Mbye was in squad, further call ins, Milford and Ponga would be precautionary as well as smokescreen
     
  14. NK Arsenal

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    Thats probably why they brought Milford in.
    I reckon Morgan will go to the halves, Ponga to fullback and Milford to the bench
     
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    TEAM

    1. Kalyn Ponga
    2. Ken Sio
    3. Sione Mata'utia
    4. Cory Denniss
    5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    6. Connor Watson
    7. Jack Cogger
    8. Herman Ese'ese
    9. Slade Griffin
    10. Daniel Saifiti
    11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    12. Mitch Barnett
    13. Aidan Guerra (c)

    14. Danny Levi
    15. Chris Heighington
    16. Jamie Buhrer (c)
    17. Josh King

    18. Jacob Lillyman
    19. Luke Yates
    20. Nick Meaney
    21. Brock Lamb

    King must have some serious incriminating photos of Brown
     
  16. Still Nutty

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    Heard Laurie Daley this morning and his take made sense on Ponga....it would not be practical for Ponga to slot straight into fullback for 2 reasons that aren't about skill or ability but about experience;

    1) fullback has a large responsibility for setting up and organising the defensive structure - with no knowledge of the systems or demands that Queensland would want (because he hasn't trained with them or played with the squad before) it wouldn't be practical for the team to have somebody unfamiliar with their defensive structures being responsible for that in the pressure cooker environment of the game, and

    2) for similar reasons, he wouldn't know the attacking plays/calls to know his position or timing to play his part in those patterns.

    Laurie suggested that if he'd trained there all week, he would be OK to slot in but he will only get one training session to get any sort of sense or understanding of all of these aspects and his thoughts were that it would make more sense for somebody like Munster to slot in at fullback, bring Morgan into the halves and Ponga to be used as a bench cover/utility.

    It sounded really sensible and I would think Qld would more want to ensure they minimise the disruption to their defensive and attacking structure than necessarily 'protect' Ponga from being involved in the game...as Laurie said, if h had been with the squad from the start, he could see him being picked to start at No. 1 but it wouldn't be a smart coaching move in game 1 because of his limited opportunity to prepare with the squad, not because he couldn't handle it.
     
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  17. Burwood

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    I thought the idea from QLD was to have Ponga around the camp all week to experience the build up and become familiar with everything? I was surprised when he had to fly down to Melbourne yesterday because I thought he would have already been down there. :confused:
     
  18. alexwilliams_66692007

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    I doubt Ponga will play at all.. Maybe game 2/3
     
  19. NK Arsenal

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    Surely King a straight swap for Yates or Lillyman on game day.
     
  20. Spot On

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    Do we need Buhrer on the bench anymore?
     

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