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    Warriors vs Knights

    NRL, 10 August, 2018

    Mt Smart Stadium
    Fulltime - Warriors 20, Knights 4
    Warriors   Knights
    20 FINAL SCORE 4
    3 TRIES 1
    3 CONVERSION KICKS 0
    1 PENALTY GOALS 0
    0 FIELD GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Matt Cecchin
    Touch judges: Belinda Sleeman & Chris McMillan
    Video Referee: Ashley Klein

    The New Zealand Warriors will look to entrench themselves within the top eight when they host the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 6pm (AEST).

    Only a fortnight ago, the Warriors looked destined to freefall out of finals contention after they were thumped 36-12 by the Gold Coast Titans.

    Now, after upsetting the Dragons 18-12 last week, Stephen Kearney’s men are once again sitting four points ahead of the ninth-placed Wests Tigers.

    The Warriors are just too predictable – in the sense that they will always be unpredictable.

    Since winning five-straight games to open their 2018 campaign, the club have only claimed back-to-back wins once – over the lowly Sea Eagles and Cowboys.

    Last week’s six-point win over the Dragons, however, was pleasing in terms of their resilience in defence.

    Home advantage will be key here, as the Warriors have won 11 of their past 12 games against the Knights at Mt Smart, and a victory will all but ensure they will feature in September footy.

    As for the Knights, they are sweating on the fitness of star halfback Mitchell Pearce, having only won two of nine games played without the former Rooster.

    If Pearce is ruled out late, all responsibility in attack will fall onto young gun Kayln Ponga. While he is certainly talented, Newcastle fans can’t expect the youngster to do it all on his own.

    With games against the Panthers, Sharks and Dragons to follow, the Knights are a genuine chance of heading into next year off the back of six-straight defeats, which would be a disappointing end to a season that promised so much.

    Prediction
    The Warriors will cruise to a comfortable win.

    Warriors by 16.

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    • Roar Guru

      7:58pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:58pm | ! Report

      MATCH REPORT:

      The Warriors have taken one step closer to their first finals appearance since 2011 with a composed 20-4 win over the Knights on Friday night.

      The victory sees Stephen Kearney’s men move into sixth on the ladder and six points ahead of the ninth-placed Tigers.

      It didn’t all go their way though, with the Knights surging to an early 4-0 lead when Ken Sio steamed through several defenders on the way to the line in the 11th minute.

      The Warriors took a while to warm into the contest, but once they did they always looked in control.

      And it was on the back of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, whose fancy footwork continued to threaten the Newcastle defence all night.

      The fleet-footed fullback played a key role in the Warriors’ first try of the night. Tuivasa-Sheck skipped on the outside and found Shaun Johnson, who then linked with Gerard Beale and Adam Blair charged over in support.

      David Fusitu’a extended the home side’s lead in the 33rd minute when he soared over out wide.

      To their credit, the Knights defended bravely in the second half, with the Warriors only posting one more try.

      It came in the 50th minute when Blake Green burst through the middle and surged over for his second try of the year.

      Newcastle looked to have hit back five minutes later when Aidan Guerra pounced on a Mitchell Pearce grubber, only for the Bunker to correctly rule that he had fumbled the ball before grounding it.

      In the end the Warriors held on for a comfortable 20-4 win to celebrate Issac Luke’s 250th game.

    • Roar Rookie

      7:55pm
      Joe said | 7:55pm | ! Report

      Good win by the Warriors. Knights are a greatly improved team this year and will be even better next year with a couple of genuine centers.

      • 12:12am
        Corn Chip said | 12:12am | ! Report

        Are they greatly improved though? Their defence is actually worse than this point last year

    • Roar Guru

      7:46pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:46pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME – WARRIORS 20 KNIGHTS 4
      A composed display by the Warriors and they soar up to sixth spot on the ladder with a 16-point win over the Knights. It should secure their spot in the eight.

      Meanwhile, join Riley Pettigrew for the blockbuster between the Bunnies and Roosters right now here.

      I’ll be back on Sunday afternoon for the massive clash between the Tigers and Raiders.

      Thanks for joining me.

      • 7:47pm
        Stu said | 7:47pm | ! Report

        Thanks for the call

        • Roar Guru

          7:49pm
          Andrew Jackson said | 7:49pm | ! Report

          No worries Stu – great defensive effort from your blokes given the only points conceded came off a dodgy pass.

      • 7:49pm
        Chris.P.Bacon said | 7:49pm | ! Report

        Nice prediction Mr X.

    • Roar Guru

      7:43pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:43pm | ! Report

      80′ – A poor last-tackle option with Danny Levi’s grubber coming undone and the Warriors have it back. Gerard Beale and David Fusitua taking it up before Jazz Tevaga works it up towards halfway. Peta Hiku brings it up to the Newcastle 40 on the fourth. Shaun Johnson then finds touch 30 out off a controlled grubber and that’ll be the game.

      WARRIORS – 20
      KNIGHTS – 4

    • Roar Guru

      7:40pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:40pm | ! Report

      78′ – Short kick-off and the Knights have it back.

      WARRIORS – 20
      KNIGHTS – 4

    • Roar Guru

      7:40pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:40pm | ! Report

      78′ – WARRIORS PENALTY GOAL SHAUN JOHNSON
      Johnson sends through his fourth goal of the night.

      WARRIORS – 20
      KNIGHTS – 4

    • Roar Guru

      7:38pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:38pm | ! Report

      77′ – Shaun Johnson takes them on on the last and has his pass on the inside batted down. Six again – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck again steps through and is pulled up 20 out before Jazz Tevaga straightens things up. Warriors 10 out and they earn a penalty for offside. They’ll shoot for two.

      WARRIORS – 18
      KNIGHTS – 4

    • Roar Guru

      7:36pm
      Andrew Jackson said | 7:36pm | ! Report

      75′ – Kalyn Ponga skips across the right edge and this looks very promising… but Cory Denniss can’t handle the short ball. Turnover.

      WARRIORS – 18
      KNIGHTS – 4

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