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Match Discussion: Round 19 vs Dragons @ McDonald Jones Stadium

Discussion in 'Newcastle Knights' started by LeagueUnlimited News, Sep 13, 2020 at 8:29 PM.

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Who will win? Round 19: Knights v Dragons

This poll will close on Sep 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM.
  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. St George Illawarra Dragons 1-12

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  5. St George Illawarra Dragons 13+

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  1. Knight76

    Knight76 Juniors

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    Coach wouldnt play that card on a nothing game like this one. Maybe save that for 1st or 2nd week of finals.
     
  2. Spot On

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    Protected species. NFI why.
     
  3. Knight Vision

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    The halfback of the Roosters or Storm gets dropped and the next half back gets to partner Keary or Munster.

    We drop Pearce and our next half back would partner Hoy/Mann /Lino = hiding to nothing. We dont just need another half , we need some depth in the position.
     
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  4. Jono078

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    This is an absolute must win game. Don’t care how we do it, but it’s a must win.

    This is probably our full strength team for the rest of the year with the exception of Mann and potentially Best coming back in. If we don’t win this I think that’s confidence shattered and we don’t do anything in the finals.
     
  5. Spot On

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    I meant the talk in the media. Seems as though it is continually danced around and one of the biggest issues with the team (Pearce) is ignored.

    That said, I do not believe on current form, missing Pearce would be too detrimental to the performance of the team.
     
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  6. Knight Vision

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    Oh yeh for sure. Junior has many friends in the media, he's a no go zone for criticism.

    The talk had shifted from the Knights need a "running 5/8? " to Pearce needs someone to help him with kicking and organizing...."a calm voice " .

    I dont think it's a form thing with him, I think it's an effort thing. That's what makes me pissed.
     
  7. slotmachine

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    You're kidding right, trying too hard to make something happen is one of his problems.
    Can never question his effort.
     
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  8. Knight Vision

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    No I wasnt kidding, watch how differently he defends when he's on song and wants to play. It's one of my first go to signs if Pearce is going to have a good game or not- as they say defense is attitude. .

    Maybe you're right though, running around aimlessly like a chook with his head cut off might sap his energy and why the word "calm" has been mentioned so many times with Green's arrival and with Cronk who replaced him at the chooks.

    Maybe he's one of those panic type players and doesnt think well under pressure.
     
  9. Yosh

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    Yeah... My sarcasm didn't come off to well in written form. He should have been dropped half a season ago. Let him have some time off and get it together, get over his knee or whatever injury problem he has and come back ready to rumble.
     
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  10. Spot On

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    He makes passing look hard a lot of the time.
     
  11. Bring it home Knights

    Bring it home Knights First Grade

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    ^ This
     
  12. AusKnightRKO

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    With Best back next week, will it be Star that drops out?
     
  13. NoSchitSherlock

    NoSchitSherlock Juniors

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    Pearce tries to over compensate for his lack of form and confidence. He's one of those players who is highly critical of himself. Mullen was the same.
    I'd rather see Pearce just play a steady game.
    What we need is someone out there to control the game. We can't afford that someone.
    It's up to those we've got to direct the play. I've seen it where Ponga and even Sione would point to encourage us to go up the middle or to point to gaps out wide. If other players step up and are on the same page we'll do better. We need direction.
     
  14. Spot On

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    Halfbacks generally control the game Sherlock. That's their job and why they get the big money.
     
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    My biggest issue with Pearce is that he hasn't evolved his game one iota despite his experience. A player like Benji adapted his game as he got older, focusing less on the fancy footwork and more on the ball playing control and creativity. Cronk won the Roosters a Grand Final just by knowing how to get the best out of all the other players in the team, without really even doing anything special himself.

    Pearce has spent his entire career running around looking rushed and confused, taking poor options, grubbering into legs or over the dead ball line, putting up end-over-end chip bombs that are easy to catch and don't give the chasers a chance to contest for the ball, and generally panicking rather than slowing things down and taking sensible options.

    He's got zero composure and it's probably the worst trait you can have in a halfback. But this isn't a form issue or a situation where he needs "help" from his other half. That's the stuff you say about young, inexperienced halves. He's at that age where all the downsides to his effort game are only getting worse.
     
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  16. Spot On

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    100% all of this.
     
  17. NoSchitSherlock

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    To some extent but look at Cameron Smith and Damien Cook.
     
  18. AusKnightRKO

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    These Boys need to come out fired up!!! We have 6th place there for the taking with the Rabbits getting smashed
     
  19. Knight Vision

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    6th place for grabs, old boys day and the Alex McKinnon Cup.

    Plenty to play for.
     
  20. Burwood

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    Plenty to play for against a side we should beat easily. These are typically the games we’re down 18-0 after 20 minutes.
     
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