The Knights fell to their fifth defeat in a row after Eels tore them to pieces during a 38-2 beating in Hunter.
Although the home team scored the first points with a penalty, the Eels were in complete control when they attempted six unanswered attempts – including a double for Isaiah Papali’i.
The story of the day was an “embarrassing” defense of the Knights’ goal line, which showed in five of Eels’s six attempts.
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Eel half-defender Mitchell Moses poured salt into the Knights’ wounds with a field goal in the last minute of the game to reduce the score to 39:00.
Things got worse for the Knights when Isaiah Papali’i turned from a match with four Knights players and scored.
Steve Roach, who criticized Newcastle’s defense all day, called their defense before the goal “shameful.”
For the Knights, it was a story when Dylan Brown got the ball close to the line and flew over.
Reed Mahoney was again responsible for a pass from the empty half when Brown went through Jake Clifford and Dan Gagai.
“He shouldn’t be able to score so close to the line, such a little guy.” I know he has speed and footwork, but again, some bad defense on the Knights’ line … those are soft things. “
Shaun Lane proved to be the unlikely hero of the first half, Eels, when he set up Hayz Perham for a corner attempt.
Lane slid to the ground as Perels increased their lead.
“See how he stays upright and slides the ball away, that’s a great pass. Lane got involved, recording the first attempt and attempting assistance in the second, “said Steve Roach.
Signs of danger appeared to the Knights soon when Shaun Lane made an easy attempt.
Reed Mahoney moved from the fake half to the soaring second rower, who went straight through David Klemmer and Chris Randall.
“Foot tool, that’s common, you have to hit them around the ball.” If you touch such a big man low, he will just attack you, “said Steve Roach.
Commentator Andrew Voss added: “This goal line defense is not ready for play. it is embarrassing for Newcastle to allow such an attempt. “
Kalyn Ponga will play his first game after signing a multimillion-dollar overtime when the Knights host Eels on Sunday.
Ponga played his best match of the season last week and culminated not only in the exercise of options in the 2023 and 2024 contracts, but also in an extension that will keep him in Hunter until the end of 2027.
The sign of the superstar could be exactly what the Knights need to inspire them to win after losing their last four matches.
But it won’t be an easy task, because the Eels have a shock single-point loss to the Tigers.
Newcastle welcomes back half-defender Adam Clune after a knee injury, while star reinforcement Junior Paulo returns to Eels.
Eel coach Brad Arthur also made a huge change to his spine when his son Jake Arthur arrived at the halves and the stellar 5-eighth Dylan Brown moved into the injured Tom Oapcic.
Marata Niukore will be sitting down to pinch her legs, forcing Parramatta coach Brad Arthur to regroup his already exhausted back row. Will Penisini moves to the center and Hayze Perham takes over.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard was named even though he left the pitch early last week with an ankle injury, while Jakob Arthur replaces Mitch Rein on the bench.
knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Enari Towel 6. Jake Clifford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 15. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Kurt Mann 10. Daniel Saifiti 14. Phoenix Crossland 16. Leo Thompson 18. Simi Sasagi 18. man: 17. Sauaso Sue
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Hayze Perham 3. Viliami Penisini 6. Dylan Brown 5. Bailey Simonsson 17. Jake Arthur 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Pap Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isa ‘i 13. Nathan Brown 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 18. Bryce Cartwright. 18. man: 20. Wiremu Greig
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