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    Knights vs Storm

    NRL, 17 June, 2018

    McDonald Jones Stadium
    Fulltime - Knights 10, Storm 28
    Knights   Storm
    10 FINAL SCORE 28
    2 TRIES 4
    1 CONVERSION KICKS 4
    0 PENALTY GOALS 2
    0 FIELD GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Adam Gee
    Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Chris McMillan
    Video Referee: Steve Chiddy

    It shapes as something of a mismatch when the Newcastle Knights host the Melbourne Storm, with the visitors expected to cruise through for another win. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEST).

    The Knights biggest issue in 2018 has been their defence, although it seems to have turned a corner in the last fortnight.

    In saying that, it’s impossible to get a read given those last two games have come against the Parramatta Eels, where they won 30-4, and a poor Sydney Roosters outfit, which resulted in an 18-16 loss.

    Before those two games, the Knights got thumped at home on a Sunday afternoon by the Cronulla Sharks, with the Shire boys running up 48 points. That’s not a one-off either, with poor defensive performances littering their season – and that’s not something they can blame the injury of Mitchell Pearce on.

    Sitting in 12th place, with the finals hopes still somewhat alive, the Knights are conceding an average of 26 points per game, which gives them the equal worst record in the competition.

    Despite that, Kalyn Ponga has sparked their attack this season, with the young fullback a revelation. He has a chance to insert his dominance on this game as well, given the Storm are missing Billy Slater.

    The superstar, who missed Origin 1 through injury was originally named to make a comeback this weekend, but removed from the squad 24 hours before kick-off having still not fully recovered.

    In his place will be another youngster in Jahrome Hughes, with the battle between he and Ponga one we are likely to see multiple times over the coming years.

    Other than the missing Slater, the Storm are more or less at full strength, minus Jesse Bromwich who injured himself in last week’s win over the Brisbane Broncos at home.

    The 16-point victory for the Storm was a positive one as they controlled the second half. They have been in and out of games at times this year, with errors ruining them. They have been reduced to sixth on the ladder, but are still in a strong enough position and it looked last week like things were just starting to click.

    Their defence, as it always has been is still pretty strong, but if they get their attack rolling this afternoon, like it did in the second half last week or in a 50-10 thumping off the Warriors six weeks ago, they will put a cricket score on.

    Prediction
    The Storm are a quality footy side, even if they haven’t shown it at times this year. Newcastle won’t win this game, but could keep it respectable. Given what they have served up against good sides in recent times though, this could get a little bit ugly.

    Storm by 26.

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    • Roar Guru

      3:56pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:56pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this afternoon right here on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2018 NRL season. Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      Right now, it’s time to join Riley Pettigrew for the Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders.

      I’ll be back at 10pm (AEST) this evening with Costa Rica and Serbia in the FIFA World Cup. Of course, be sure to look out for my talking points before then, which will be up on site shortly after the conclusion of the Tigers and Raiders.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      3:54pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:54pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      3:54pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:54pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      The Melbourne Storm have put in a strong performance on Sunday afternoon to get the better of the Newcastle Knights by 18 points at McDonald Jones Stadium.

      A Josh Addo-Carr double from long distance summed up the Knights afternoon, with the side falling off a lot of tackles and making constant errors, letting the Storm dominate the contest. In the end, Newcastle made a staggering 17 errors, with their defence unable to hold the Storm out due to the weight of possession and field territory, particularly during the second half when the visitors had the wind at their backs.

      While they struggled into the wind during the first half, a 50-50 possession split was enough for the Storm to take an eight-point lead into halftime – one which they wouldn’t surrender.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:51pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:51pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME

      The Knights with a solid set, then a kick goes into the in goal. Hughes has to play at it, but had a foot on the dead ball line.

      Time runs out before the dropout and that. Well that will be that in Newcastle. The Storm way too strong for the men from the Hunter.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:49pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:49pm | ! Report

      79′ – Someone ring the siren already. Been a scrappy end to this one. The teams struggling to pack a scrum right now.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:49pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:49pm | ! Report

      78′ – The Storm butcher a try on the fourth play of this set as Scott ignores his winger Addo-Carr, taking a tackle instead. Hoffman then goes from dummy half and is pulled up a metre short, knocking it on as he tried to reach out through the defence and score.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:47pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:47pm | ! Report

      77′ – Denniss starts this set for the Knights, then it’s Sio with a run before Yates puts one down ten short of halfway. That sums it up for the Knights today.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:47pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:47pm | ! Report

      76′ – Easy metres for the Storm here as this game winds down. Chambers takes them to within 20 before Jacks kicks for Vunivalu, but he can’t hold onto it, knocking on over the dead ball line.

      20-metre restart and a seven-tackle set for the Knights.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:45pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:45pm | ! Report

      75′ – The Knights bringing it away through Guerra, then it’s a good run out of dummy half from Levi who picks up ten metes. Back to the left with Ponga stepping one, then another and being stopped on halfway. Cogger bombs on the last and Ponga comes up with it, then drops it.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

    • Roar Guru

      3:44pm
      Scott Pryde said | 3:44pm | ! Report

      74′ – Addo-Carr takes a short drop out, then Bromwich goes up the middle. They spread right to Kaufusi who takes four men to the line but can’t get the ball down, before they come back to the left from Smith to Munster and his cut out ball goes straight into the hands of Kenny-Dowall.

      Knights 10
      Storm 28

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