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    Knights vs Eels

    NRL, 13 July, 2018

    McDonald Jones Stadium
    Fulltime - Knights 18, Eels 16
    Knights   Eels
    18 FINAL SCORE 16
    3 TRIES 3
    Referee: Adam Gee
    Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Michael Wise
    Video Referee: Jared Maxwell

    Round 18 of the NRL season sees the Newcastle Knights host the Parramatta Eels. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:55pm (AEST).

    These are two sides that have fallen well below their fans’ expectations this year.

    The Knights’ recruitment drive was impressive and they started the year well, but a long run of injuries has had a big impact and they are well outside the running for the top eight.

    The Eels are currently last on the ladder and, together with the Cowboys, have been the big disappointments of 2018.

    With both teams playing for pride only, we can expect an open game with plenty of points scored.

    Back from a week off with the bye, Newcastle will still be hurting after a last-start 36-16 home loss to the Bulldogs. They do have a big in though, with Mitchell Pearce making his return from a long-term pec injury, which pushes Jack Cogger out of the 17.

    However Kalyn Ponga is out with a hamstring injury, seeing Nick Meaney make his NRL debut at fullback. Danny Levi starts at hooker for Slade Griffin (long-term knee injury), while Daniel Saifiti returns as prop, moving Herman Ese’ese to lock, Aidan Guerra to second row, and Sam Stone out of the 17. Nathan Ross will start from the bench.

    After a week off with the bye as well, Parramatta will be keen on playing well for the full 80 minutes after they let the Dragons off the hook in Wollongong a fortnight ago.

    Parramatta are pretty much unchanged, with Tepai Moeroa returning from suspension on the bench, as Will Smith drops out of the squad.

    The Eels have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks and should have beaten the Dragons at their last start.

    Mitchell Pearce is a big addition to the Knights line up but he may need time to return to his best after a long lay off, while the loss of Ponga is a huge blow.

    Eels by 10.

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    • 10:10pm
      Andrew said | 10:10pm | ! Report

      No other team in the NRL would say the eels performance this season is acceptable. Tonight for me was enough.
      The coach is untouchable, the team play like individuals and play for individual stats. One out crap all second half. Any other team in the NRL would have beaten the knights tonight (no offence Newcastle), that was slop from the eels.

      • 10:30pm
        Tom G said | 10:30pm | ! Report

        I’ve said since Arthur was appointed parramatta and it’s supporters deserve better. The guy is a myth. This should be a super power in league and yet after several years of his control they are nowhere. This is a club gifted with the best juniors, have piles of cash and have had one good season in heaps to point at. Sure the salary cap thing provided an excuse but apart from one decent season, largely off the back of a freak winger, what have they got to show? Signing Ferguson is yet another bewildering recruitment decision. Their supporters, among the most passionate in the comp, deserve more.

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:59pm | ! Report


      The Knights have got home tonight against the Eels. Parramatta scored some great tries and Hayne was back to his best tonight with his strongest game since returning to the Eels.

      However the Eels’ error count was too much for them in the end and the Knights capitalised to win.

      Parramatta had a try turned down at full time but the bunker got it right.

      It was not a high quality game but the tight finish provided an exciting conclusion.

      Pearce was strong in his return and the Knights have another win with their first choice no 7.

      Hope you enjoyed the call, Roarers and enjoy your weekend

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:53pm | ! Report


      The Knights taking all the time in the world and they win this one. Its full time and Newcastle have won 18-16.

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:52pm | ! Report


      Eels making good yards early.

      Hayne gets it to 30m.

      Norman has grubbered through on last and French has claimed a try. On field ruling of no try.

      This is a really tight one. French’s foot is on the line and this is a no try

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:49pm | ! Report


      Safety first set here from the Knights.

      Pearce grubbers into touch and Eels will need to go 80m

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:47pm | ! Report


      Moses gets it to Moeroa. He gets an offload away but there is an error and the Knights have the ball. The Eels will have one more shot

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:46pm | ! Report


      Can’t understand why the Eels aren’t getting it to Hayne.

      Pearce kicks on half way and taken by French

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:45pm | ! Report


      Gutherson gets it to 30m line.

      Norman goes left on the last tackle but is taken by Buhrer and we have a changeover.

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

    • Roar Guru

      David Holden said | 9:43pm | ! Report


      Levi with yet anotger good run and followed up by Ross.

      Ese’ese has looked for an offload and the ball is down, Eels with feed

      Knights 18
      Eels 16

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