NRL Rd 14 Stats Breakdowns: Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights

Melbourne Storm hooker and captain Cameron Smith

The second stats breakdown of the day given the two clashes, this one previewing the Melbourne Storm v the Newcastle Knights.

The Storm have been a bogey team for the Knights in recent years and winning against the Storm is no easy feat.

Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights Stats Breakdown

The Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights have played on 41 occasions; the Storm have won 25, the Knights have won 15 and there has been one draw.

The Melbourne Storm won the opening clash between the two sides in round 20, 1998, taking the spoils 32-16.

The Newcastle Knights have lost the last six games against the Melbourne Storm and haven’t beaten the Storm since round 24, 2015.

Melbourne Storm winger Josh Addo-Carr has scored six tries in five games against the Newcastle Knights (one as a Tigers player, and five as a Storm player).
His last two games against the Knights have seen him score a double in each.

Suliasi Vunivalu has scored in every game against the Knights in his career so far; seven tries in five games, including two doubles.

Top try-scorers in this clash

Billy Slater (MEL) – 19
Timana Tahu (NEW) – 10
Anthony Quinn (NEW/MEL) – 9
Akuila Uate (NEW) – 9
Matt Orford (MEL) – 8
Danny Buderurs (NEW) – 8
Matt Geyer (MEL) – 8
Adam MacDougall (NEW) – 7
Sisa Waqa (MEL) – 7
Brett Kimmorley (MEL/NEW) – 5
Aaron Moule (MEL) – 5
Marcus Bai (MEL) – 5
Matthew Gidley (NEW) – 5

Former Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater

Top point-scorers in this clash

Cameron Smith (MEL) – 3 tries & 92 goals (196 pts)
Andrew Johns (NEW) – 3 tries, 58 goals & 2 field goals (130 pts)
Matt Orford (MEL) – 8 tries & 22 goals (76 pts)
Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 3 tries & 30 goals (72 pts)
Billy Slater (MEL) – 19 tries (76 pts)
Matt Geyer (MEL) – 8 tries & 7 goals (46 pts)
Timana Tahu (NEW) – 10 tries (40 pts)
Akuila Uate (NEW) – 9 tries (36 pts)
Danny Buderus (NEW) – 8 tries (32 pts)
Anthony Quinn (NEW/MEL) – 8 tries (32 pts)
Tyrone Roberts (NEW) – 2 tries & 8 goals (32 pts)
Brett Kimmorley (MEL) – 5 tries & 4 goals (28 pts)
Adam MacDougall (MEL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
Sisa Waqa (MEL) – 7 tries (28 pts)

Head coaching records

Danny Buderus (NEW) – 1/1 (100%)
Warren Ryan (MEL) – 3/4 (75%)
Craig Bellamy (MEL) – 23/31 (74.2%)
Michael Hagan (NEW) – 7/12 (58.3%)
Chris Anderson (MEL) – 2/6 (33.3%)
Brian Smith (NEW) – 1/5 (20%)
Rick Stone (NEW) – 1/5 (20%)
Wayne Bennett (NEW) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Malcolm Reilly (NEW) – 0/1 (0%)
Mark Murray (MEL) – 0/3 (0%)
Nathan Brown (NEW) – 0/6 (0%)

Newcastle Knights halfback Andrew Johns

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Robbie Ross – 1994-1995 (NEW) & 1998-2003 (MEL)
  2. Brett Kimmorley – 1994-1995 (NEW) & 1998-2000 (MEL)
  3. Paul Marquet – 1990-1996 & 2001 (NEW) & 1998-2000 (MEL)
  4. Rodney Howe – 1992-1993 (NEW) & 1998-2004 (MEL)
  5. Kirk Reynoldson – 2002-2004 (MEL) & 2005-2007 (NEW)
  6. Anthony Quinn – 2002-2006 & 2013 (NEW) & 2007-2012 (MEL)
  7. Adam Woolnough – 2002-2007 (NEW) & MEL (2012)
  8. Mitchell Sargent – 2002-2003 (MEL) & 2007 (NEW)
  9. Ben MacDougall – 2000 (NEW) & 2004 (MEL)
  10. Todd Lowrie – 2003-2006 (NEW) & 2010-2012 (MEL)
  11. Dustin Cooper – 2003-2004 (MEL) & 2005 (NEW)
  12. Antonio Kaufusi – 2003-2008 (MEL) & 2010-2011 (NEW)
  13. Clint Newton – 2001-2007 & 2014-2015 (NEW) & 2007 (MEL)
  14. Ben Cross – 2006-2007 (MEL) & 2008-2010 (NEW)
  15. Jeremy Smith – 2004 & 2006-2008 (MEL) & 2013-2016 (NEW)
  16. Matthew White – 2005 & 2007-2008 (NEW) & 2016 (MEL)
  17. Junior Sa’u – 2008-2012 (NEW) & 2013 (MEL)
  18. Richie Fa’aoso – 2008-2012 (NEW) & 2013 (MEL)
  19. Robbie Rochow – 2010-2011 & 2017 (MEL) & 2012-2016 (NEW)
  20. Tim Glasby – 2013-2018 (MEL) & 2019 (NEW)
  21. Kurt Mann – 2014-2015 (MEL) & 2019 (NEW)
  22. Slade Griffin – 2013, 2016-2017 (MEL) & 2018 (NEW)

Biggest winning margins

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the Melbourne Storm was back in round 19, 2001, when they romped home to a 48-16 victory.

The Melbourne Storm’s biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was a 52-6 thrashing in round 7, 2006.

Players to be sin-binned/sent-off in this fixture

  1. Mark Hughes (NEW) was sin-binned in round 1, 2005.
  2. Steve Simpson (NEW) was sin-binned in round 18, 2007.

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