Knights vs Sharks – Round 1, 2019

2019-03-15T07:00:00Z - McDonald Jones Stadium
FULL TIME
2019-03-15T07:00:00Z - McDonald Jones Stadium

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

Newcastle

DATEOPPRESULT
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

Cronulla

DATEOPPRESULT
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


Knights

Sharks

All Runs

178
162

All Run Metres

1633
1462

Line Breaks

1
4

Offloads

5
9

Kick Metres

458
463

40/20

0
0

Tackles

294
360

Missed Tackles

32
22

Penalties Conceded

9
9

Errors

8
13

Player Stats

Match Summary


Knights

Sharks

2TRIES1
Tim Glasby 68'
T. Glasby 68'
Edrick Lee 74'
E. Lee 74'
 
Sione Katoa 72'
S. Katoa 72'
2/2CONVERSIONS1/1
Kalyn Ponga 70'
K. Ponga 70'
Kalyn Ponga 76'
K. Ponga 76'
 
Shaun Johnson 72'
S. Johnson 72'
1/1PENALTY GOALS1/1
Kalyn Ponga 49'
K. Ponga 49'
 
Shaun Johnson 46'
S. Johnson 46'
0HALF TIME0
 

Attendance

21,813

5 COMMENTS

  1. I know that the Knights get 2 points, but I can’t see either of the two teams making the 8.. rubbish game

  2. Its round 1 bricktop, its about as indicative of the final top eight as trying to predict the weather with an ouija board.

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