14
8
FULL TIME
2019-03-15T07:00:00Z
McDonald Jones Stadium
Attendance: 21,813
14
8
FULL TIME
2019-03-15T07:00:00Z
McDonald Jones Stadium
Attendance: 21,813

Preview

Team News: Newcastle will have a whopping seven club debutants, with Kalyn Ponga named at five-eighth. Herman Ese’ese is the unlucky man to miss out. Briton Nikora will make his NRL debut at Cronulla in the back-row, with Kurt Capewell filling Luke Lewis’ vacant right edge spot. Blayke Brailey also debuts from the interchange bench, while star signings Josh Morris and Shaun Johnson have both been named.

Prediction: Seven club debutants for Newcastle may make them look clunky together, but let’s not forget that they had eight in the opening round last year – and still won. Newcastle have been the talk of the pre-season, Ponga’s move to the halves and the recruitment of some genuine superstars. Cronulla have been busy as well – snaring internationals Josh Morris and Shaun Johnson, and actually head into this game as somewhat underdogs. But in a packed McDonald Jones Stadium, it’ll be the Knights that get the job done on the back of a strong showing from Mitchell Pearce, although 58% of the ZT community are with the visitors. Knights by 10.

Previous 5 Games

Knights

DATE OPP RESULT
1/9/18DragonsL 14 - 24
26/8/18SharksL 38 - 12
18/8/18PanthersW 12 - 20
10/8/18WarriorsL 20 - 4
3/8/18Wests TigersL 16 - 25

Sharks

DATE OPP RESULT
21/9/18StormL 22 - 6
14/9/18PanthersW 21 - 20
8/9/18RoostersL 21 - 12
2/9/18BulldogsW 18 - 30
26/8/18KnightsW 38 - 12
 

Team Line-Ups

Team Stats


Scoring Plays

Knights   Sharks
2 Tries 1
2 Conversions 1
1 Penalty Goals 1
0 Field Goals 0

Attack

Knights   Sharks
178 All Runs 162
1,633 All Run Metres 1,462
1 Line Breaks 4
5 Offloads 9

Defense

Knights   Sharks
458 Kick Metres 463
0 40/20 0
294 Tackles 360
32 Missed Tackles 22

Discipline

Knights   Sharks
9 Penalties Conceded 9
8 Errors 13
0 Sin Bin 0
0 Send Offs 0

Player Stats

Match Summary


Knights

Sharks

2TRIES1
Tim Glasby 68'
Edrick Lee 74'
 Sione Katoa 72'
2/2CONVERSIONS1/1
Kalyn Ponga 70'
Kalyn Ponga 76'
 Shaun Johnson 72'
1/1PENALTY GOALS1/1
Kalyn Ponga 49'
 Shaun Johnson 46'
0HALF TIME0