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Knights thrash Eels to march onto finals
The Newcastle Knights have concluded the regular season with a massive 54-6 thrashing of the hapless Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium in front of 23,392 fans. Danny Buderus starred as his Knights crafted tries in what as a poor defence display from the Blue and Gold.
Halves Jarrod Mullen and Tryone Roberts played a big role in victory for the Knights. Roberts crafted his own four-pointer six minutes into the contest with a hit and spin try. Newcastle went back to back minutes later as Joseph Leilua claimed the first of two tries thanks to Roberts' skilled hands. The Knights jumped to 12-0 after 9 minutes.
The flying Scottsman, James McManus had the bagpipes echoing around Hunter Stadium as he dived over the chalk, Danny Buderus provided a basketball pass over the Eels' defence. Shortly before the half time, Darius Boyd added his name to the growing try scorers list as he finished off a charging run from Dane Gagai. After forty minutes, Knights commanded a 22-0 lead.
Parramatta only managed a single four-pointer in the match and it was created at the hands of returning fullback Jarryd Hayne. Hayne danced through the Knights' defence to then chip over the top for Ken Sio who raced away. 5 minutes into the second half, Knights 22-6.
It was the end of the Eels points as the Knights went on to post a further six tries. Beau Scott had Jarrod Mullen to thank as he sailed into a yawning gap as they executed a set play. 55 minutes lapsed, Knights 28-6.
James McManus gave the bagpipes an encore performance as he joined Dave Simmons and David Williams as leading NRL try scorer on 19 for season 2013. He posted his second try of the afternoon as the Knights spread quickly to the blind-side. Inside the final quarter, Newcastle out to 34-6.
Joseph Leilua added a second try to his name as the flying scottsman broke free again to link up with his centre. Minutes later Akuila Uate captalised on his chance as he charged through a gap off a scrum win to extend the lead to 44-6.
The 'Nudie Run' is something all players fear, and Jeremy Smith avoided such embarrassment as he crawled his away over the white-line. Danny Buderus had never kicked a goal in his playing career, but this afternoon he finished his career with a 100% record.
Newcastle Knights 5-8th Jarrod Mullen sealed the victory as he linked with Tryone Roberts to post the final points of the contest. The Parramatta Eels unable to mount up in defence to stop the points raid.
Speculation continues for Eels coach, Ricky Stuart who could walk from the club as the Eels collect another wooden spoon for finishing in 16th position.
The Knights now look ahead to finals football with the proposition elimination final against either the Cronulla Sharks or Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Meanwhile for the Eels, they finish 2013 with just 5 wins to their name
Newcastle Knights 54 Parramatta Eels 6
Venue: Newcastle International Sports Centre
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 22-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Danny Buderus
2 points - Joseph Leilua
1 point - Robbie Rochow
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (54)
Tries: Darius Boyd, Tyrone Roberts, Joseph Leilua (2), James McManus (2), Beau Scott, Akuila Uate, Jeremy Smith, Jarrod Mullen
Conversions: Danny Buderus (1/1), Tyrone Roberts (6/8), Dane Gagai (0/1)
PARRAMATTA EELS (6)
Tries: Ken Sio
Conversions: Joseph Paulo (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Eels - Jarryd Hayne will return to the starting side as fullback, with Daniel Harrison moving to centres. Joseph Paulo starts at lock with Darcy Lussick shifting to second row. Kenny Edwards and Joseph Ualesi are added into the side and both are making their NRL debut.
Knights: 1. Darius Boyd 2. James McManus 4. Joey Leilua 3. Dane Gagai 5. Akuila Uate 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Tyrone Roberts 17. David Fa'alogo 9. Danny Buderus 10. Willie Mason 11. Robbie Rochow 12. Beau Scott 13. Jeremy Smith
Interchange: 14. Alex McKinnon 15. Chris Houston 16. Neville Costigan 19. Matt Hidler
Eels: 23. Jarryd Hayne 2. Vai Toutai 1. Ken Sio 16. Daniel Harrison 5. Semi Radradra 6. Reni Maitua 7. Luke Kelly 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Pat O'Hanlon 13. Darcy Lussick 14. Joseph Paulo
Interchange: 15. Peni Terepo 17. Junior Paulo 18. Kenny Edwards 19. Joseph Ualesi
Scored by Tyrone Roberts. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
Tyrone Roberts has taken on the line with a simple dummy, he hit and spin and crashed over the goal line to post first points for the Knights. Roberts converted his own try with a beautiful strike of the ball
Newcastle Knights 6-0
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
Joseph Leilua slips between the defence on the blind side as Tyrone Roberts provides a short pass on the western side. Roberts converts for the Knights to extend the lead
Newcastle Knights 12-0
Matt Keating kicks a 40/20.
Matt Keating nails a kick downfield away from Darius Boyd and bounces over the 20 metre line, 40/20 ruled and the Eels have a scrum feed 15 metres out from the Knights goal line
Scored by James McManus. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.
James McManus gets the bagpipes echoing around Hunter Stadium as he is awarded his four-pointer in the corner as he dived in off a basketball pass from Danny Buderus. Tyrone Roberts from the western sideline is unable to slot the Steeden between the uprights
Newcastle Knights 16-0
Dane Gagai with great speed broke free of the Eels defence to dart downfield, he was eventually covered up by Semi Radradra. As Gagai was covered, he threw the ball downfield and Darius Boyd cleaned up to race away to score the Knights 4th try. Roberts from in front slots the extras
Newcastle Knights 22-0
Scored by Ken Sio. Conversion attempt by Joseph Paulo successful.
Ken Sio has finished off a beautiful play from Jarryd Hayne who danced his way through the Knights defence. Hayne provided a chip kick for Sio who bolted away to score the Eels first try. Joseph Paulo slots the conversion from beside the posts
Newcastle Knights 22-6
Akuila Uate makes an unforced error.
Akuila Uate ran 40 metres across the field to have the ball forced free in the tackle of Luke Kelly. Scrum for the Eels 20 metres out from the Newcastle line
Scored by Beau Scott. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
Beau Scott has sailed into a gap thanks to a beautiful short pass from Jarrod Mullen. Newcastle using a set play to perfection to extend this lead over the Eels. Tyrone Roberts adds the two points with the conversion
Newcastle Knights 28-6
Scored by James McManus. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
James McManus has his second four-pointer to join Dave Simmons and David Williams on 19 tries for the year as he equal leading try scorers tally. The Knights spread quickly from acting half and just tipped on for McManus to stroll in. Tyrone Roberts from the sideline slots the goal
Newcastle Knights 34-6
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.
Joseph Leilua has his second four-pointer of the afternoon as he finished off a line break from James McManus who bolted down the sideline. Leilua powered over the line through 3 defenders. Roberts from the eastern sideline is unable to slot the conversion
Newcastle Knights 38-6
Luke Kelly makes an unforced error.
Luke Kelly jumped off the line to take an intercept pass but drops the ball as Danny Buderus passed wide.
Scored by Akuila Uate. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
Akuila Uate powers over the goal line as he changed his run line off a beautiful long pass from Jarrod Mullen. Roberts with a great strike of the ball adds the extras
Newcastle Knights 44-6
Scored by Jeremy Smith. Conversion attempt by Danny Buderus successful.
Jeremy Smith avoids the nudie run as he crawled and fell over the line as he charged through some poor Eels defence. Danny Buderus in his final game of his career slots his first ever conversion
Newcastle Knights 50-6
Semi Radradra makes an unforced error.
Semi Radradra comes up with a simple mistake, meanwhile we have time off with an Eels player down getting attention from the trainer
Scored by Jarrod Mullen. Conversion attempt by Dane Gagai unsuccessful.
Jarrod Mullen has streaked away downfield off a beautiful pass from Tyrone Roberts, he seals victory with a 30 metre run. Dane Gagai with the conversion from the eastern sideline is unsuccessful.
Newcastle Knights 54-6