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The first NRL Trial of the year got underway yesterday between the Newcastle Knights & the Melbourne Storm.

Newcastle Knights 26.....Defeated......Melbourne Storm 22

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4 hours ago, R L Winger said:

The first NRL Trial of the year got underway yesterday between the Newcastle Knights & the Melbourne Storm.

Newcastle Knights 26.....Defeated......Melbourne Storm 22

The sign of things to come? Aaaaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhh!!!!!!!

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MATCH REPORT

MITCHELL Pearce has made a strong first impression at Newcastle by laying on two tries in a 26-22 NRL trial win over an understrength Melbourne. Pearce set up forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon early on Wednesday afternoon before completing his 40-minute stint with a leading grubber for fellow star signing Kalyn Ponga.

Played behind closed doors at AAMI Park, Ponga also added two conversions to his four-pointer before he too bowed out at halftime with the Knights leading 16-10.

The pair featured in a strong Knights line-up along with fellow new faces Herman Ese’ese, Aidan Guerra, Chris Heighington, Connor Watson and Jacob Lillyman. Knights coach Nathan Brown was delighted with the first hitout from his new-look side.

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“Mitchell and Connor looked really good against Melbourne’s better side; they looked threatening and very sharp but as a whole our combinations will take a little bit of time,” he said.

“Both our hookers got a good bit of time and Kalyn (Ponga) got 40 minutes at fullback, so it’s a good starting point and we’ll need to get a lot better. “We had a lot of young boys playing in the second half as did Melbourne and they didn’t have Cameron (Smith) and Billy (Slater) playing.” The Knights claimed a six-point halftime lead on tries to Fitzgibbon, Ponga and Ken Sio, while the Storm countered through Dale Finucane and Tim Glasby. The visitors then shot out to a two-try lead when Jamie Buhrer touched down on the end of a Brock Lamb kick, only for Kenny Bromwich to pull one back just before the end of the third quarter.

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Storm flyer Justin Olam set up an exciting finish when he levelled the scores in the 67th minute, however the Knights prevailed on a last-second try to Thomas Cronan.

The Storm were missing big three Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Will Chambers, while new first-choice halfback Brodie Croft was also kept in cotton wool. Sam Kasiano made his first club appearance off the bench in an outfit that also included Cameron Munster, Jesse Bromwich, Ryan Hoffman and Nelson Asofa- Solomona.

Prop Christian Welch also made his comeback from an ACL injury.

SCOREBOARD

Knights 26 (T: Fitzgibbon, Ponga, Sio, Buhrer, Cronan, G: Ponga 2/3, Lamb 1/2) defeat Storm 22 (T: Finucane, Glasby, K Bromwich, Olam, G: Munster 3/4)

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Stranger things have happened.... Nathan Brown will equal his feat with St Helens in Super League and win a premiership in the NRL...It could of happened at St George Illawarra Dragons if they had resigned him as coach when they missed out on Wayne Bennett a couple of years ago.

 

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12 hours ago, Vichyssoise said:

I'm calling it now: Knights 2018 premiers. :lol:

I'm guessing you think they'll pip the Sharks in the GF?

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47 minutes ago, Graham said:

I'm guessing you think they'll pip the Sharks in the GF?

:D No way, Graham. I'd happily leave that honor to Melbourne... thus the season would come full circle.

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2 hours ago, R L Winger said:

Not quite how the Eels saw it:

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The Wentworthville Magpies Intrust Super Premiership NSW side have played out a 12-12 draw against the North Sydney Bears at Ringrose Park last night in their first preseason trial ahead of the 2018 season.

The Magpies side featured a handful of the Parramatta Eels squad including David Gower, Suaia Matagi, Peni Terepo, Nathan Davis, George Jennings, Dane Aukafolau, Marata Niukore and development players Ray Stone and Reed Mahoney and the home side looked to play a real aggressive style of football early.

 

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How is billed is not how it turned out.....Then again it involved the slimy Eels

Edited by R L Winger

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Sorry to read this:

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BRONCOS rookie Andre Savelio’s NRL dream is in tatters after the promising English recruit suffered a suspected ACL tear in Saturday night’s 16-6 trial win over the Central Capras.

Brisbane’s pre-season has already claimed its first victims, with Savelio (knee) and centre Tom Opacic (hamstring) suffering setbacks in the Broncos’ opening hitout at Theodore in Central Queensland.

 

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Souths are playing a trial game against Wigan on Saturday. Hull FC play St George Illawarra Dragons too.

Members can't use their membership cards for this game but there is a two for one ticket offer on.

Souths line-up for the game:

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As the Wigan double header is not a Rabbitohs home game Members will not be able to gain access using their membership card and will need to purchase tickets to the game. Rabbitohs Members will however, have access a 2 for 1 offer on all tickets to the game.

Rabbitohs Members will also be able to access the Members Bar on the North Western Terrace, please have your Membership card to gain access on the day. 

Double header?

Yes, here's the details:

MATCH INFORMATION:

Saturday 17 February at ANZ Stadium

Hull FC v St George Illawarra Dragons kick-off 5.45pm

Wigan Warriors v South Sydney Rabbitohs kick off 7.45pm

Edited by Graham

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Sam Burgess will not feature for South Sydney in their game against Wigan on Saturday.

The England ace has been left out, with new Bunnies coach Anthony Seibold deciding to field a number of the club’s younger players.

John Sutton and Adam Reynolds are other noticeable ommissions, but Tom and George Burgess will star along with Lebanon’s international halfback Robbie Farah.

“To play against guys like Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai – they don’t get an opportunity to play against those guys week-in, week-out, especially some of the younger guys.” Seibold told the club’s website.

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On the back of the WCC this was a very young Storm side.

Did any of them standout with a good game?

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Caught a litte of Wigan / South' whilst visiting parents.  Brian Carney reporting that  Robbie Farrah had stated he was enjoying the game again under Souths new manager. Will watch recording of games later.

Watching WCC absolutely amazed at some of Storm's pre season training.

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Saw this fan’s view on Facebook:

“Plenty to like today. Tui helped move the team forward, Grant and Drinkwater influential, Olam looks a talent and Papenhuyzen showed he’ll be a player if he can stay on the field.”

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There are some trials being live streamed today. Titans v Warriors is about to kick off

  • PNG Hunters v Broncos at Port Moresby (Saturday 24 February, 3pm local; 4pm AEDT)
  • Titans v Warriors at Sunshine Coast (Saturday 24 February, 5pm local; 6pm AEDT)
  • Bulldogs v Panthers at Belmore Oval (24 February, 6.30pm local)
  • Sea Eagles v Roosters at Central Coast Stadium (Saturday 24 February, 6.30pm AEDT)
  • Sharks v Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium (Saturday 24 February, 7pm AEDT)
  • Knights v Eels at Maitland No.1 Showground (Saturday 24 February, 7pm AEDT)
  • Rabbitohs v Dragons, Charity Shield at Mudgee (Saturday 24 February, 7.30pm AEDT)
 

You can also live stream four of Saturday's matches. Click the following links to watch Titans v WarriorsBulldogs v PanthersSharks v Wests Tigers and Knights v Eels.

5:58pm (AEDT): At three-quarter time, the Brisbane Broncos lead 20-12. Jordan Kahu scored the Broncos latest try. 

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gets first try within 5 minutes then Tigers kick out on full from restart.

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Sharks beat Tigers 24 - 12.

I think Katoa has sealed a spot on the right wing for the Sharks.

I believe (might be wrong) Dugan even managed to injure himself. I'll be happy if he starts 15 games and manages to finish half of them.

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South Sydney skipper Greg Inglis has made a successful return, however an injury to Alex Johnston has given the Rabbitohs headaches after their 22-18 NRL trial win over St George Illawarra.

Inglis enjoyed a 19-minute cameo in the Charity Shield match on Saturday night at Mudgee in NSW’s central west. It was his first game after almost a year out with a knee injury.

While the sight of Inglis stretching out would have heartened new coach Anthony Seibold, it was offset after fullback Johnston left the field with what appeared to be a rib injury.

After being crunched by Dragons recruit James Graham in the first half, Johnston failed to return to the field and was seen receiving treatment from Rabbitohs staff in the sheds.

Dragons fullback Matt Dufty continued his fine pre-season form when he fired through a hole to give his side a 10-6 lead after 19 minutes.

Damien Cook ensured he would start the year in the Rabbitohs’ No.9 jersey with another dynamic performance and outpointing Robbie Farah again.

After Cook split open the Dragons’ defence and ran 50 metres in the 30th minute, he found Angus Crichton - playing his first game after having off-season surgery to amputate a finger - close to the line to score.

And when Dane Gagai set up Robert Jennings, Souths had the lead for the first time at 16-12.

Souths struggled in attack last year however looked dynamic after being given free rein by Seibold and they put on a scintillating four-pointer as John Sutton turned back the clock to send Cody Walker over.

A Leeson Ah Mau try in the 72nd minute made things interesting but the Rabbitohs did enough to win their sixth-successive Charity Shield.

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