Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles, NRL live scores, blog
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Newcastle Vs. Manly
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 15 July, 2012
|Hunter Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW|
|Newcastle 32 defeated Manly 6|
|Referee: J Robinson|
|Touch judges: Luke Potter & B Wood|
The 14th-place Newcastle Knights take on the NRL’s defending premiers, the Manly Sea Eagles at Hunter Stadium as part of the NRL’s rivalry round. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEST.
The rivalry between these two sides dates back to the mid-Nineties when both were top dogs in the then-ARL.
It conjures images of the likes of Andrew Johns and Geoff Toovey at the top of their game. It conjures images of Paul “Chief” Harragon and Mark “Spud” Carroll going head to head (and, often, fist to fist) up front.
And of course, it conjures the image of the dramatic 1997 grand final, when Knights’ winger Darren Albert crossed for a famous try to win the match in the dying seconds.
In the 21st century, the Eagles have enjoyed a higher level of success than the Knights, but the rivalry developed throughout those years has not waned.
While Newcastle have struggled this season under new coach Wayne Bennett, they’ve shown improvement in recent weeks, and although Manly will start as heavy favourites in this one, a tight and torrid affair would not surprise.
Additionally, Manly are likely to be missing two key men in the Stewart brothers. Brett has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, and while Glenn has been named, the word out of the Manly camp is that he’s at long odds to play.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have had an uninterrupted build-up to this one, and you can expect the likes of Willie Mason and Neville Costigan to thrive in the rivalry-round environment, taking it to their opponents from the opening whistle.
Still, there’s no accounting for class, and in Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans, Manly have arguably the finest halves pairing in the NRL. Even with the Stewarts’ absence, they’ll be tough to beat.
Can the Knights rise to the occasion and claim a much-needed win in front of the home crowd, or will the Sea Eagles prove too strong? Join us from 5.30pm for live scores and commentary on our live blog, and be sure to give us your opinion in the space below if you’re watching.