ENERGYAUSTRALIA Stadium was the venue for the Round 25 clash between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla Sharks. It was the final home game of the regular season for the Knights in what has been a rather successful year in the Jersey Flegg competition. The Knights were also out to exact revenge and turn around a 56-6 humiliation by the Sharks at Toyota Park just six weeks ago.
The first try of the game was scored by the home side through centre Alex McCosker who continued his recent good form. Luke Walsh failed with his conversion attempt from out wide. The next ten minute passage was one where both sides began to throw the ball around and successfully complete their sets. The next try of the match was through some superb vision by halfback Walsh. He took the ball on the fifth tackle after making himself available down the blindside, noticing that the Sharks were struggling. As the defence converged on him, he hooked a kick back towards the posts, where his halves partner in crime and captain Scotty Dureau was chasing through the kick, got a fantastic bounce before diving over beside the posts. Walsh added the extras and the Knights led 10-0. This was instantly an improvement from the last time the sides met. The Knights were starting to look sharp and enthusiastic. The Sharks appeared to be sluggish and were half a step behind the Knights at this particular point in the match. The Sharks finally appeared to be getting into their groove in the match and halfback Ben Green got his side on the board when he finished off a 50 metre movement by the Sharks after some terrific lead up work. Bryson Goodwin, who six weeks ago finished with a handy personal amount of points, added his first conversion of the match to close the gap to four. Knights 10 Sharks 6 remained the score until just a minute before halftime, when Knights interchange hooker Nathan Berry ran out of dummy half and planted the ball on the line, constituting a try to the home side on the stroke of halftime. Walsh added the conversion from a wide angle just a few seconds before halftime. Knights 16 - 6 Sharks was the halftime score.
THE Newcastle Knights continued their push for a top four birth after a thrilling 22-20 win against the Manly Sea Eagles on the weekend. After results went their way during the weekend, the Knights now find themselves in fourth position on the Jersey Flegg table.
THE Newcastle Knights continued their push for a top four birth on the weekend after a comprehensive 57-28 victory over the North Sydney Bears. The win puts the Knights in 5th position on the Jersey Flegg ladder.
WHAT a difference a week makes.
THE Cronulla Sharks were just too good for the Newcastle Knights in Jersey Flegg's round 19. A second half scoring spree set up the 50 point drubbing along with giving the Sharks a handy boost to their points differential. It gave the Knights differential a bit of a caning.
THE Sydney Roosters stayed in touch with the top four after a 28-16 defeat of Newcastle at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday night. It was a toughly fought encounter which slightly boiled over in the second half.
NEWCASTLE travelled to Sydney's west to take on the Panthers in round 16 of the Jersey Flegg competition.
THE Newcastle Knights put themselves back into Premier League?s top 8 after a 23-16 win over the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on Saturday night. At the moment, they are the only side in the top 8 with a negative differential, which may come back to haunt them if it costs them a spot in the finals this year.
PARRAMATTA put an end to their two game losing streak with a 44-6 demolition of the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night. After other results went their way, the Eels now sit atop the Premier League ladder after 20 rounds.
THE Newcastle Knights suffered another heart-breaking loss on the weekend. They went down 42-40 to the Manly Sea Eagles, which puts a huge dent in their finals aspirations. After the weekends results, they still find themselves in eighth position, but their grip is slipping quickly.