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Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
March 11, 2014, 01:58:42 PM

Canberra Raiders V Newcastle Knights
Round 2 - Sunday 16th March 2014
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle NSW
NRL: 6:30pm AEDT - Fox Sports
Tickets: Ticketmaster

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Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #1 March 11, 2014, 02:11:06 PM

The Canberra Raiders have named an unchanged team for their round two clash with the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.

The Raiders were defeated narrowly by the Cowboys 28-22 in Townsville on Saturday night and face a tough opponent in Newcastle who lost 30-8 against the Panthers last weekend.

Raiders props David Shillington (Ribs) and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Ankle) are still on the INJURY LIST


1.       Anthony Milford
2.       Reece Robinson
3.       Jarrod Croker
4.       Matt Allwood
5.       Edrick Lee
6.       Jack Wighton
7.       Terry Campese (C)
8.       Dane Tilse
9.       Glen Buttriss
10.   Brett White
11.   Josh Papalii
12.   Joel Edwards
13.   Shaun Fensom

14.   Josh McCrone
15.   Jarrad Kennedy
16.   Paul Vaughan
17.   Shannon Boyd

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #2 March 11, 2014, 02:16:50 PM
Stuart to persist with Wighton at five eigth

CANBERRA Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has declared he's in for the long haul in his quest to develop Jack Wighton into a top-class five-eighth after his mixed debut against North Queensland.

Having begun his career at centre, Stuart branded former Orange junior Wighton's first NRL game in the halves as encouraging and said he's prepared to be patient as the youngster makes one of the most difficult transitions in the game.

Wighton got off to a less than auspicious start in the 28-22 round-one loss by spraying a kick out on the full.

But his strength and footwork also opened up space for outside men Jarrod Croker and Edrick Lee on occasion.

Stuart saw enough potential to insist there's no need for panic stations and reaffirmed his belief the 21-year-old can make the adjustment, starting at Newcastle on Sunday night.

''He's going to be a good player, we've got something to work with here,'' Stuart said.

''You need to give him time, it's probably one of the most difficult positions on the field.

''You need to have patience, and one thing he's got is a coach with patience.''

Stuart is excited at the prospect of having two running halves in his team, with halfback Terry Campese showing signs against the Cowboys he can rediscover that aspect of his game. 

''I was happy with him [Campo]. When you see a football player suck defender to you, you know they've got some ability,'' Stuart said.

''You look at Johnathan Thurston, they don't have him we win by three tries.

''Jack had a couple of spills at one stage and a poor kick in the first half, but that'll happen.

''He's young and playing a different position, we have to expect those types of errors.

''The only way you get better is by playing.''

Campese backed Canberra's new-look spine to click sooner rather than later. It's potential was highlighted by the fact the Raiders stormed to a 16-0 lead over the more-fancied Cowboys in Townsville, before inexperience took its toll.

Former halfback Josh McCrone shared the hooker duties with Glen Buttriss, while young gun Anthony Milford was outstanding in both attack and defence.

''It was good for most of the game and we'll work on the things that let us down, my kicking game probably let me down the most,'' Campese said.

''Jack just needs time and I thought he was good for his first game at five-eighth. It's a big position and he can take some positives out of that, myself, Jack and Milford will keep working and improve.

''It [spine] is not too far away.

''We let the two points slip away but I'm sure we can come back next week and put in a more 80-minute performance against Newcastle.''

Source: http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/2141822/ricky-stuart-to-persist-with-jack-wighton-after-up-and-down-debut-at-five-eighth/?cs=12

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #3 March 11, 2014, 02:21:35 PM
Knights fullback Darius Boyd faces an extended stint on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a grade-two hamstring tear, and playmakers Kurt Gidley and Tyrone Roberts remain under a concussion cloud for the game against Canberra at Hunter Stadium on Sunday night.

The loss of Boyd, the club’s player of the year last season, means the Knights will be without their two most influential players for upcoming games against the Raiders, Storm (away) and Sharks (home), and probably longer.

Regular five-eighth Jarrod Mullen, who enjoyed a career-best season last year, is nursing a torn hamstring suffered in the Auckland Nines last month and, although he is confident of returning ahead of schedule, he is not due back until June.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/newcastle-knights-star-darius-boyd-faces-long-spell-out-with-hamstring-tear-20140310-hvh5s.html#ixzz2vcY26Gff

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #4 March 11, 2014, 02:33:25 PM


The Raiders NYC side welcomes back star forwards Luke Bateman and Tevita Pangai Junior for their clash with the Newcastle Knights this Sunday.

The talented duo were missing from the side that went down 42-26 to the North Queensland Cowboys and their inclusion in the line-up will provide Canberra with a significant boost.

Sunday’s match will also see the debuts of two promising youngsters, Jake Wheeler and Ezra Howe.

Wheeler impressed Raiders talent scouts after playing for Woden Valley Rams in the Canberra Cup last year whilst Howe has progressed through to the team from last year’s SG Ball side.

With the likes of Kilu Pangai and Scott Doyle shaping up to make their long awaited returns from injury, Coach Mick Mantelli has named an extended bench for the clash.

The full team line-up is:

1.      Ricky Garard
2.      Jake Wheeler
3.      Brenko Lee
4.      Jack Creith
5.      Lachlan Hurst
6.      Matt Frawley
7.      Andrew Heffernan
8.      Mitchell Shaw
9.      Dylan McGrath
10.   Brett Solomon
11.   Patrick Mago (C)
12.   Tevita Pangai Junior
13.   Luke Bateman (C)

14.   Ezra Howe
15.   Jules Webley
16.   Josh Baker
17.   Thoren Fidow-Kele
18.   Jamal Nchouki
19.   Trae Clark
20.   Kilu Pangai
21.   Scott Doyle

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #5 March 14, 2014, 11:27:31 AM
Knights name Round 2 squad

The Newcastle Knights has named a 19-man squad for Sunday’s round two match against the Canberra Raiders.

Captain Kurt Gidley shifts to fullback to replace the injured Darius Boyd while Travis Waddell moves to starting hooker.

Boyd suffered a low grade two hamstring strain and is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

Matt Minto and Jake Mamo, who are yet to make their NRL debut, are named on an extended bench, which includes the addition of David Fa’alogo.

Gidley and Tyrone Roberts have been named to play after they passed their CogSports test on Tuesday. While they are symptom free they will continue to follow NRL protocol to gain clearance to play in Sunday’s game.

Knights NRL: 1. Kurt Gidley (c), 2. James McManus, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Aku Uate, 6. Michael Dobson, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. Travis Waddell, 10. Willie Mason, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Robbie Rochow, 13. Jeremy Smith. Bench: 14. Alex McKinnon, 15. Chris Houston, 16. David Fa'alogo, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 18. Matt Minto, 19. Jake Mamo.

Three games are scheduled for round two at Hunter Stadium, with NYC kicking off at 2pm, followed by NSW Cup at 4.15pm before the main game at 6.30pm.

Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
Gates open: 1.45pm
NYC: 2pm
NSW Cup: 4.15pm
NRL: 6.30pm
Venue: Hunter Stadium

Source: http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/03/11/knights_name_round_2_squad.html

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #6 March 14, 2014, 11:32:13 AM
Knights NYC coach Michael Crawley has named a 17-man team for Sunday's game against the Canberra Raiders at Hunter Stadium.

With Jake Mamo named in the NRL squad for round two, Bryce Donovan shifts to fullback.

Knights NYC:

1. Bryce Donovan
2. Brody Lam
3. Sione Mata’utia
4. Chance Peni
5. Josh Birch
6. Jacob Gagai
7. Jaelen Feeney
8. Jah Pakau
9. Danny Levi
10. Tuiala Togiatasi
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Luke Yates
13. Joe Boyce

14. James De Saxe
15. Bradie Smith
16. Harry Pondekas
17. Tama Koopu

Newcastle Knights v Canberra Raiders
Gates open: 1.45pm
NYC: 2pm
NSW Cup: 4.15pm
NRL: 6.30pm
Venue: Hunter Stadium

Source: http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/03/11/nyc_and_nsw_cup_round_2_teams_.html

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #7 March 14, 2014, 11:38:19 AM
Knights "ready" for physical Raiders

As one of the NRL’s big boppers, Kade Snowden fully understands the importance of setting a platform up front.

In a career spanning nine seasons, Snowden has proven himself to be among the best props in the game.     

So with Newcastle taking on a big Canberra pack at Hunter Stadium this Sunday, the Belmont-born bookend knows his side must contain them to claim victory. 

"They are a big side Canberra and they come up hard, so we’ve just got to counteract that," Snowden said after training on Thursday.

"With Ricky (Stuart) as coach, I think any team with him will be physical.

"So we just need to start well and just maintain it.

"We are just as physical as them though and we’ve got a good size pack and a skillful one, so we’ll be ready."

Snowden says poor ball control and injuries to key players cost his side dearly in the opening round, but he insists his teammates are ready to make amends at home on Sunday.

"It was a hard week after the Penrith loss, but we’ve got most of our players back now and it can only get better," he says.

"I think it was just one of those weeks. We lost a few of our key players and they do all the ball playing, so it’s hard to lose them.

"But we are a good side and this week is a different challenge and we just need to start well."

Snowden hasn't had much luck in recent times on the back of his seven-game suspension last season and a knee injury suffered at the World Cup playing for Italy.

Yet despite the setbacks, the 27-year-old prop says he is starting to regain his confidence and fitness.

He played 48 minutes against Penrith in the opening round and hopes to build on that in the coming weeks.       

"I’m getting there," he says.

"I just need a bit more fitness. I did my knee in the World Cup and it was hard missing a whole pre-season and coming back straight into it.

"So I just need to keep building into it.

"I thought I’d be a lot more buggered than what I was last week because of the heat and the amount of training that I haven’t done.

"But I got out a few minutes and I didn’t feel too bad."

Snowden is looking forward to playing at home on Sunday, admitting he loves nothing more than performing in front of the Club's passionate fans.   

"Newcastle always turn out in numbers and we are all pumped, because there is no better feeling than running out to a full stadium.

"We just need to hold the ball and have none of our players get injured."

Source: http://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2014/03/13/knights_ready_for_physical_raiders.html

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #8 March 14, 2014, 12:06:20 PM
Knights vs Raiders Preview
Hunter Stadium
Sunday 6.30pm (AEDT)

Kurt Gidley. Tyrone Roberts. Jarrod Mullen. Darius Boyd. Between them they have racked up 622 games, 30 Origins and 29 Tests - and all of them are injured. While Mullen didn’t even make it out onto Sportingbet Stadium for his side’s 30-8 defeat to Penrith – Roberts, Gidley and Boyd failed to reach the fulltime siren at Sportingbet Stadium.
This early season injury crisis is far from an ideal: the importance of the spine to any side is quintessential and the Knights are no exception.
Meanwhile the Raiders kicked off proceedings for their 2014 season like a house on fire against the Cowboys. Up 16-0 after 27 minutes, the Raiders were eventually outgunned by the Johnathan Thurston show, in the end tipped out 28-22. Despite losing their way, there were promising signs from young guns Edrick Lee and Jack Wighton while Terry Campese turned back the clock in a good showing for the Green Machine.

In team changes for Members' Round, the Knights have named Gidley and Roberts – however, the new rules surrounding concussions mean they are still no certainties to start this game and will need to pass medical assessment later in the week to take their places.

Should Gidley play he'll start in the No.1 for Boyd. Matt Minto and Jake Mamo have been named on an extended bench to cover for Gidley and Roberts, while David Fa’alogo comes into the 17.  The Raiders remain unchanged from last weekend.
In milestone news, Raiders prop Brett White will play his 50th game for the Green Machine.
Watch Out Knights: Those Novocastrians looking to sit back, relax and watch last Saturday’s encounter with the Panthers were left with a bad taste in their mouths as early as halftime. Incapable of holding the ball for the better half of a mere set of six at one point, the Knights left Sportingbet Stadium with a disappointing completion rate and 16 errors to boot. For the Knights to even go close to getting the two points this weekend they’ll need to drastically improve in this area.

The Knights should also be on the lookout for the Raiders bench, consisting of Josh McCrone, Jarrad Kennedy, Paul Vaughan and Shannon Boyd. The experienced McCrone replaced Glen Buttriss at hooker to great effect while Vaughan carried his World Cup form for Italy into the game with some brilliant and damaging hit-ups.
Watch Out Raiders: There are not many sides that could lay claim to playing as good as Canberra did in the first 30 minutes of their season. Up against the might of Thurston and his Cowboys, the Raiders were up 16-0 after 27 minutes thanks to the likes of try-scorers Edrick Lee, Jarrad Croker and Queensland and Australian World Cup back-rower Josh Papalii – then it all fell apart. The Raiders must look to avoid such predicaments again when push comes to shove.
While the Knights were practically shooting themselves in the foot throughout the game, the Panthers weren’t able to cross the white stripe until the closing moments of the first half. Such defensive steel - backed up by the fact that the Knights, through Beau Scott, scored in one of their first opportunities at attacking the Panthers try line – is something the Raiders must look out for.
Plays To Watch: Shaun Fensom covering the bases– was an absolute machine in both attack and defence; Travis Waddell – tackling machine – filled the void left by Kurt Gidley with a mountain of tackles after starting from the bench last weekend; Anthony Milford – double trouble – set up Canberra’s first try last weekend before scoring one himself; Michael Dobson – assistance required – managed to garner a try assist in what was the Knights' only try last weekend.

Where It’ll Be Won: Watching the momentum slip from each of these respective sides’ hands this past weekend only demonstrated that maintaining the flow of the game is an absolute essential in rugby league. Both of these sides struggled to hold onto the ball last weekend and this undoubtedly affected their momentum. While the Raiders' completions fared a little better, the Knights were an absolute shambles. Unfortunately for both sides, you can’t score without the ball so the side that manages to maintain possession effectively should go very close to winning the two competition points.
The History: The Knights and Raiders have shared the points the past two seasons – each winning a game. The Knights have only lost once to the Raiders at Hunter Stadium since 2006 although Canberra won 44-14 in the last game they played (Round 9, 2013).

What Are The Odds: Punters reckon it will be zero from two for Bennett and the Knights with money flowing four to one in favour of the Raiders with Sportsbet.com.au - despite them being the $2.50 outsiders for the clash. The Knights are paying $1.53 but will start to drift if money continues to poor in for the Raiders.
Match Officials: Referees – Adam Devcich and Henry Perenara; Sideline Officials – Nick Beashel and Dave Ryan; Video Referees – Luke Phillips and Reece Williams.

Televised: Fox Sports 1 – Live 6:30pm (AEDT).

The Way We See It: The injuries sustained by Newcastle this past weekend may be just a stretch too far to bounce back from. Such an unfortunate injury crisis so early in the season can only be a disheartening thing. A team can’t walk without their spine. If the Raiders are able to harness their form from the early stages of their game with Cowboys then they should prove too strong for the depleted Knights. Raiders by four points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/knights-v-raiders-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/76749/default.aspx

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #9 March 14, 2014, 12:10:51 PM
Former Canberra Raiders players Michael Dobson and Travis Waddell have key roles for Newcastle Knights

The chance to prove himself in the NRL before it was too late was the catalyst for former Canberra Raiders halfback Michael Dobson to join the Newcastle Knights.

Dobson and another former Raider in hooker Travis Waddell are set to play key roles for the Knights in Sunday night's round-two encounter at Hunter Stadium.

Dobson will wear the No.7 jersey, while Waddell is likely to move to the bench with uncapped youngster Matt Minto expected to debut at fullback, allowing Kurt Gidley to start at dummy-half.

After establishing himself as one of the premier playmakers in the English Super League, Dobson signed a one-year deal with the Knights to return to the NRL after playing 20 games with the Raiders in 2007 and 2008.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/former-canberra-raiders-players-michael-dobson-and-travis-waddell-have-key-roles-for-newcastle-knights-20140313-hvhum.html#ixzz2vtYoHYmG

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #10 March 14, 2014, 12:16:58 PM
Tim Gavel: Raiders centre Jarrad Croker says he is right to play against Newcastle despite quad strain but may not take kicks at goal.

More: http://twitter.com/TimGavel/status/443238873263374338

Reece Robinson and Anthony Milford are on standby to take over kicking duties.

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #11 March 16, 2014, 06:45:00 PM
Video ref Raiders, Wighon grubber a for Croker and he grounds it! Try awarded! Wighton's kicking has been very impressive. Raiders lead 6-0 after 7 mins. Great start!

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #12 March 16, 2014, 06:53:34 PM
Knights score through Uate. Milford tried desperately to stop him but was overpowered. Conversion missed. Raiders lead 6-4 after 16

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #13 March 16, 2014, 06:58:17 PM
Croker leaps for a high bomb and marks it brilliantly for a try! He may have lost it right as he put it down. Video ref says no try. Still 6-4 to Raiders after 19

Re: Round 2 - Raiders vs Knights @ Hunter Stadium

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #14 March 16, 2014, 07:00:26 PM
Scott scores for the Knights after he busted the line off a Dobson pass and carried Milford over. Knights lead 10-6 after 21 mins


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