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2nd TRIAL KNIGHTS v SHARKS at Tamworth

knitey

knitey

Newcastle Knights expecting tough challenge when they confront the Cronulla Sharks in a trial at Tamworth

By Barry Toohey

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Newcastle Knights players Dane Gagai, Jarrod Mullen and Matt Hilder at Dolphin Marine Magic in Coffs Harbour.

FIRST the dolphins, now for the Sharks.

Newcastle Knights stars Jarrod Mullen, Dane Gagai and Matt Hilder took advantage of some down time in Coffs Harbour yesterday to get up close and personal with the major attractions at Dolphin Marine Magic.

But they are not expecting the same sort of welcome when they confront the Cronulla Sharks in a trial at Tamworth on Saturday night.

"They mightn't be quite as friendly,'' Mullen said of the Sharks yesterday.

Coming off an encouraging 18-6 win over South Sydney in Coffs, Wayne Bennett's Knights will spend the next few days visiting schools and conducting open training sessions before making the trip to Tamworth.

Mullen said the Souths trial had given the squad plenty of confidence but acknowledged they still had plenty to work on.

"It was a good first-up hitout for us against a quality side,''Mullen said. "Defensively, I thought we were really good and the new boys in the team really strengthen up our middle.

"We dropped a lot of ball but our attack is going to come.

"Hopefully, we can get it going a bit more this weekend against the Sharks. They'll be another good test for us.''

Knights backrower Jeremy Smith, who was placed on report for a tackle on Rabbitohs rival Dave Tyrrell, is free to play against his old club after being found to not have a case to answer yesterday.

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knitey

knitey

Great grubber from Mullen, even better tackle by Uate to force his opposite number back into the in goal. 
knitey

knitey

Knights go close, again through Boyd creating the overlap but Naiqama didn't hold on to the final pass. 
knitey

knitey

Roberts is playing hooker. Beau Scott off and getting checked by the doctor. 
knitey

knitey

HT: Newcastle Knights 10 (T: Naiqama, Uate, G: Gidley 1/2) lead the Sharks 0. 
knitey

knitey

Good first half by the Knights. Strong in defence. Created a lot of chances in attack. Boyd looking dangerous out wide. 
knitey

knitey

We are underway for the second half. No update yet on Beau Scott but he is back out sitting on the bench. 
knitey

knitey

Beau Scott is back on the field. 
knitey

knitey

McManus, who has returned from a knee injury, is on for Naiqama. 
knitey

knitey

Sharks score through Mills. The lead up to the play was a dropped bomb by one of our back three.

10 - 4... kick missed.

30 to go. 
knitey

knitey

Knights have made a few changes with 25 mins to play; Tahu & Hilder off, Quinn & Adams on. 
knitey

knitey

More changes. Gidley, Mason, Smith, Scott and Houston also off; Roberts, Rochow, McKinnon, Fa'alogo & Cuthbertson on. 
knitey

knitey

Boyd and Snowden off. Pete Mata'utia and Costigan on. Less than 20 mins to play. 
knitey

knitey

Uate off and Gagai off, Naiqama and Filipo off. 
knitey

knitey

Ouch...Bryce Gibbs may have torn his achillies, for the Sharks. 
knitey

knitey

TRY TIME KNIGHTS!.......Pete Mata'utia

And Roberts adds the extras. Knights 16 lead the Sharks 4. 11 mins to play 
knitey

knitey

Sharks are over through Gardner, and Townsend converts. 6 mins to play. Knights 16-10. 
MadMike

MadMike

Any news on Gibbs 
knitey

knitey

Back to back tries for the Sharks, De Gois goes over under the posts. Townsend adds the extras. 16-all, 4 mins left. 
knitey

knitey

No not yet Mike. 
knitey

knitey

With 30 seconds on the clock the Sharks go over in the corner.

Jonathan Wright the try scorer. Townsend added the extras from the sideline. Sharks win 22-16.

Good game from the boys despite the loss, Bennett pulled all our 1st string players off with 20mins to go, so pleased overall. 
madmatt2146

madmatt2146

Really the last 20 minutes means nothing when had 10 or 11 of our best players off the field, the first 60 is or that counts, when it was our best against there best we were the better team. 
Lewis06

Lewis06

Keep telling yourself that. :lol: 
knitey

knitey

Boyd had a blinder Lewis. 
madmatt2146

madmatt2146


Well i will because its fact idiot :rolls: 
Lewis06

Lewis06

Awesome. When are they shifting him to 5/8? 

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