A determined Knights outfit survived a late flurry from the Sharks to win by 4 points in Newcastle last night. Newcastle Knights 20 def Cronulla Sharks 16.
It was an impressive Mullen doing the damage for the Knights, slick passing and selective running saw him create and setup several tries. Mullen was aided by Knights new stars, Jesse Royal and Mark Taufua – who put in an impressive physical effort.
The press conference was just an interesting as the game, with Brian Smith giving the media a hard time – when they commented on the Sharks nearly stealing the win (comparing it to similar efforts of Smith during his time at Parra). Smith unloaded at the media, most of it directed at Fox Sports Commentator Andy Raymond.
Then it was Ricky Stuarts turn, he was noticably filthy about his teams effort – and he told the world. He felt players weren’t committed due to the City / Country selections and held fears through the week that his team might put in a below par performance.
The win sees the Johns-less Knights move to 8 points and keeps them in striking distance of the top 4.
On Sunday, a sick and sorry Eels outfit was pummelled by the Gold Coast Titans 38-12 – Preston firing in attack for the Titans club and leaving the Eels in his wake. 8 Eels players were apparently infected with a virus – and were noticably flat in the game.
Souths lost their Aussie Stadium game to the Warriors in a last second try to Todd Byrne. The Bunnies led by 10 points with 4 minutes remaining, but a try to Wade McKinnon put the Warriors in with a chance and after a superb Witt grubber with only seconds on the clock – Byrne chased it down and scored out wide. Breaking Bunny hearts everywhere. Warriors 18 def Souths 16.