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FNRL starts off-season training
16:59 Mon Oct 29, 2012
Report by: Akosita Talei

The Fiji National Rugby League is starting their off-season training today as they gear towards better performance for next year’s outing.

FNRL development officer Sale Tubuna says this is in line with preparations for the game against Newcastle Knights next year and the World Cup.

”This is mainly to prepare the boys for the new season especially for the Newcastle game in February. That’s the main reason we’re getting the squad back that’s both for the Eastern and Western squad today. It will be a two months training before we select the Fiji Residence to play Newcastle next year.”

He adds the turnout was around 50-60% because some had work commitments but they are aiming to get 100% attendance by the end of the week.

Fiji will host the Newcastle Knights on the 2nd of February next year.



[h=2]Trial #1: Knights v Souths - Coffs Harbour[/h] [INDENT] First trial this Saturday night at 7pm.

Here is ticket info:

Expect a squad to be announced later in the week.


30-man squad named for Trial 1
Tuesday 12 February 2013 5:09 PM

Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett will take a squad of 30 players to Coffs Harbour for the Club’s first trial match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday night.

It has been a long wait on the sideline for captain Kurt Gidley, who will take to the field on Saturday for the first time since injuring his shoulder in Round 8 of the 2012 season.

Joining Gidley will be exciting new recruits Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith, David Fa’alogo and Mitchell Frei, as well as uncontracted player Travis Waddell.

After leaving the Club seven years ago, Anthony Quinn is making a welcomed return to the red and blue.

Saturday’s game will be a family affair for the Mata’utia brothers, with Peter, Chanel and Pat all named to take on the Rabbitohs.

Knights v Rabbitohs squad:

Chris Adams, Darius Boyd, Neville Costigan, Adam Cuthbertson, David Fa’alogo, Marvin Filipo, Mitchell Frei, Dane Gagai, Matt Hilder, Chris Houston, Kurt Gidley (c), Willie Mason, Chanel Mata’utia, Pat Mata’utia, Peter Mata’utia, Alex McKinnon, Jarrod Mullen, Kevin Naiqama, Anthony Quinn, Tyrone Roberts, Robbie Rochow, Beau Scott, Korbin Sims, Jeremy Smith, Will Smith, Kade Snowden, Timana Tahu, Zane Tetevano, Aku Uate, Travis Waddell. 


[INDENT] Knights finalise team for trial:


1. Darius Boyd
2. Kevin Naiqama
3. Dane Gagai
4. Timana Tahu
5. Aku Uate
6. Jarrod Mullen
7. Kurt Gidley (c)
8. Kade Snowden
9. Matt Hilder
10. Willie Mason
11. Beau Scott
12. Chris Houston
13. Jeremy Smith


14. Travis Waddell
15. Korbin Sims
16. Mitchell Frei
17. Neville Costigan


1. Peter Mata'utia
2. Chanel Mata'utia
3. Marvin Filipo
4. Anthony Quinn
5. Pat Mata'utia
6. Will Smith
7. Tyrone Roberts
8. Adam Cuthbertson
9. Chris Adams
10. Zane Tetevano
11. Robbie Rochow
12. Alex McKinnon
13. David Fa'alogo


14. Travis Waddell
15. Korbin Sims
16. Mitchell Frei
17. Neville Costigan [/INDENT] 


I was gong to say no BJ Leiliua? But I think he is suspended for a few weeks isn't he? 


5 weeks Mr C. 


[INDENT] South Sydney Rabbitohs tough test for Bennett's Newcastle recruits
by: Barry Toohey
From: The Daily Telegraph
February 16, 2013 12:00AM

WAYNE Bennett will tell you he was aware of it and didn't need a sledgehammer to drive home the message.

But a brutal South Sydney provided one anyway. It was Round 18 last season.

The day the Rabbitohs pack trampled over Bennett's Knights, treating them with contempt.

Bennett walked out of ANZ Stadium that afternoon after a 34-14 belting convinced more than ever of what his side needed to genuinely compete with the NRL's elite. Heavy-hitters. Genuine muscle to fight fire with fire.

Just how well he's managed to fill that void will be tested in Coffs Harbour tonight when the Knights come up against Souths again, this time in a trial game at BCU International Stadium.

Souths have named their strongest possible line-up for the game with former Bronco Ben Te'o to make his Rabbitohs debut in the back row alongside Sam Burgess.

Another debutant, former Bulldog Bryson Goodwin, gets first crack at a centre spot ahead of a returning Beau Champion, who is on the bench.

All up, Souths will run out with no less than 10 players with representative experience.

The Knights will be without the injured Danny Buderus and James McManus with Matt Hilder slotting into the hooking role and speedster Kevin Naiqama named on the wing.

Two of Bennett's new "heavy-hitters" - Jeremy Smith and Beau Scott - will start the game in the back row.

Newcastle have taken 30 players to Coffs with Bennett keen to give every player an opportunity to impress.

He has divided them into two squads. Their strongest 13 will start the first half before being replaced by the second squad for the final 40 minutes.

Former Souths forward David Fa'alogo will debut for the Knights at lock in the reserve squad with Anthony Quinn, back from the Melbourne Storm, named in the centres.

Beau Scott admits facing South Sydney first up, even in a trial game, will provide the Knights with a solid test of exactly where they are at.

"They've got a real good squad but you don't take any side lightly these days, even in a trial," Scott said. "We've trained well - trained hard - so we'll see how we go I guess."

Scott is excited about the prospect of playing on the Knights' right edge and says he has spent plenty of time in the off-season working on his combination with five-eighth Jarrod Mullen.

"Yeah, we've done a fair bit of work together," he said. "With Jarrod, Dane (Gagai) and Aku (Uate) all on that side, it's a pretty exciting edge to be on."

Scott is also happy to be teaming up again with former Dragons teammate Jeremy Smith.

"He just brings a silent confidence to the teams he plays for," Scott said.

"He's a leader - he leads by example and we have a fair few young blokes here who are going to learn a lot from him."

Just how well Mullen and Kurt Gidley work together in the halves will be another interesting facet of the game for the Knights.


Ben Teo dropped....due to being a dick weed last w/end.


[h=1]Knights win trial in Coffs[/h]

Saturday 16 February 2013 5:59 PM
Full time from BCU Stadium
Newcastle Knights 18 (T: Roberts 2, Hilder, G: Gidley 1/1, Roberts 1/1, Mata’utia 1/1)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 (T: Koroisau, G: Reynolds 1/1)
More to follow. 


[h=1]Knights defeat South Sydney in trial[/h][h=2]By ROBERT DILLON [/h]Feb. 16, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

[*] Tyrone Roberts scored two tries in the trial against South Sydney.

THE Newcastle Knights gave a glimpse of the muscle and mongrel they too often lacked last season, grinding out an 18-6 win against South Sydney at Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Saturday night. See your ad here

In their opening pre-season trial of 2013, the Knights sounded a warning that nobody will be pushing them around in their second year under master coach Wayne Bennett.
Having finished a disappointing 12th last season, Bennett is counting on strategic imports Jeremy Smith, Beau Scott and David Fa'alogo to give the Knights more starch round the rucks.
And on Saturday night's evidence, against a team who came within one win of last year's grand final before being eliminated by premiers Melbourne, Bennett must be confident his troops are on the right track.
Newcastle's "A Team" led 6-0 at half-time before Bennett replaced them en masse by his second stringers.
It was an encouraging hit-out against one of last season's heavyweights, although there was concern for enforcers Willie Mason and Smith, who were placed on report for a high tackle on Souths forward Dave Tyrrell in the 31st minute.
The Knights weathered a barrage of early pressure to post the game's opening try in the 10th minute.
After conceding three consecutive penalties, and allowing Souths great field position through a Darius Boyd kick-return fumble, the Knights turned defence into attack when winger Akuila Uate broke clear down the right edge.
Uate was rounded up by Souths fullback Greg Inglis, but seconds later fearless hooker Matt Hilder burrowed over from dummy-half to score next to the posts.
Knights skipper Kurt Gidley converted to give his team a 6-0 lead.
Smith wasted no time in adding some sting to Newcastle's defensive line, rattling Souths hooker Issac Luke in the 20th minute with a tackle that left him down on his haunches.
A glut of penalties allowed Souths to dominate possession in the second quarter but the Knights remained resolute, foiling potential tries down both flanks when the Rabbitohs were penalised for obstruction and then Uate crunched his opposite number, Nathan Merritt, jolting the ball free.
Merritt threatened soon afterwards but Boyd was on hand to force his grubber kick dead in goal.
Gidley was solid in his comeback match after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury that required reconstructive surgery.
He was replaced at half-time with the rest of Newcastle's first-choice stars.
Souths made fewer team changes at the break.
Inglis, Luke and playmaker Adam Reynolds were given an early shower, but Merritt, five-eighth John Sutton , Sam and George Burgess, Michael Crocker and Chris McQueen returned to the fray.
The back-up Knights were not shy on top-grade experience, with names like Fa'aologo, Anthony Quinn, Adam Cuthbertson, Alex McKinnon and Tyrone Roberts on the team sheet.
Roberts gave Newcastle a 12-0 lead in the 57th minute when he grubber-kicked, forced a fumble, and pounced on the loose ball to score a try he then converted.
With Reynolds returning for the final quarter, Souths narrowed the deficit to 12-6 in the 65th minute with a try by substitute Apisai Koroisau, converted by their All Stars halfback.

Roberts sealed the win with his second try in the final minute, dummying his way into space and backing up to score.
Peter Mata'utia converted.
Former Canberra hooker Travis Waddell, who is trialling for a contract with Newcastle, was used off the bench in both halves.





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