Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL live scores, blog
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Newcastle Vs. Cronulla
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 14 August, 2012
|Hunter Stadium, New Lambton, Newcastle, NSW|
|Newcastle 26 defeated Cronulla 4|
|Referee: M Cecchin|
|Touch judges: Adam Reid & Grant Atkins|
The Cronulla Sharks are coming off an impressive win against New Zealand but now travel to Hunter Stadium to face top eight hopefuls the Newcastle Knights. Join us for NRL live scores and commentary from 7:00pm AEST
Cronulla put an end to a three match losing streak last week, belting the Warriors away from home in arguably their most impressive performance of the season.
What was supposed to be a very close contest turned into a cakewalk for the Sharks as they muscled their way past a very disappointing New Zealand.
The Sharks though should expect a much closer contest tonight against a Knights outfit whose finals hopes hang by a thread.
After succumbing to the Bulldogs last week, the Knights need a win tonight to keep in touch with the top eight.
The Sharks however will be no pushovers, and Newcastle will have to be at their best if they are to emerge with the two competition points.
It was no surprise to see Paul Gallen’s return from injury coincided with the Sharks return to form last week.
Gallen was a standout against the Warriors and led the way upfront as fellow forwards Andrew Fifita, Ben Ross and Jeremy Smith wrecked havoc.
When Gallen and company get a roll on upfront, the Sharks are a genuine threat to any side in the competition, particularly when halves Todd Carney and Jeff Robson are given room to attack.
Carney was superb against New Zealand, scoring two tries and having a hand in several others in arguably his most dominant performance of the season.
With the Sharks among the more physical sides in the NRL, Newcastle must be prepared to lock horns with Cronulla’s forward pack.
The Knights really struggled to muscle up against the Bulldogs last week, and were punished severely on the scoreboard early on, falling behind 24 nil barely a quarter through the first half.
Cronulla are just as capable of dominating like Canterbury did, particularly if Gallen and Carney pick up from where they left off against the Warriors.
Given the importance of this match, expect Newcastle to start enthusiastically with Jarred Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Akuila Uate, Danny Buderus and Darius Boyd to feature heavily in the opening exchanges.
Although Newcastle is capable of winning tonight, Gallen and Carney should also rise to the occasion, and guide the Sharks to a tight victory.
Sharks by 4