Zap's Wrap - Round 22 Post Match
Sunday 5 August 2012 11:49 AM
Steve Turner gives us his run down on both the NYC and the NRL games from Round 22 vs the Newcastle Knights.
After what was certainly a disappointing loss last week the boys knew the only way to respond was to learn from the loss and bounce back against the Knights.
Joining the boys on the bus on the way to Newcastle, I could sense they were switched on to the job at hand. They were very focused and very positive about responding both individually and collectively as a team.
The boy’s got off to a great start by scoring the first 3 tries of the match in the first 15 minutes, with back rower Danny Fualalo scoring 2 of those tries. However the momentum certainly changed after that with the Knights responding with 3 tries of their own.
To the boys credit they dug deep for each other and scored 2 tries just before half time to go into the break up 26-16. Coach Andy Patmore would have been pleased with the boy’s first half and very positive about the way the boys were playing.
The beginning of the second half was an arm wrestle with both teams going from end to end with the footy and although the Knights opened the scoring in the second half, the boy’s did not drop their heads. They continually turned up for each other in defence and their scramble D to shut down Newcastle raids would have given the boy’s so much belief and trust in each other. We crossed the line 2 more times through David Klemmer and Moses Mbye to give us a 38-26 victory.
The pleasing thing that I am sure coach Andy Patmore would have got from the game would have been the boy’s attitude. It’s never easy to get a win in Newcastle and to respond the way they did after a loss last week shows the belief and character of our Pup’s side. A much improved effort from our Toyota Cup side and a win that will give the boy’s plenty of confidence to continue to improve as they head towards finals.
Great games were had by young Fullback Patrick Templeman, Back Rower Danny Fualalo, Front Rower David Klemmer and skipper Moses Mbye.
A great result for our NYC team as they head back to Sydney to prepare for the Brisbane Broncos.
Coming to Newcastle, you always know it’s going to be a tough game. A game where the home side always rise to the occasion and even more so when they are in good form. To combat that, you must start well and start well we did.
We started the game by completing our first 7 sets of the game and what a start it was. The start enabled us to get in the grind and play to our structures and processes. By doing this it enabled us to score points and mount pressure. Tries to Jonathan Wright, Joel Romelo and a piece of brillance from Josh Reynolds gave us a lead of 24 points after 17 minutes. The Knights never went away in the first half, but it was our attitude and belief in our D that took us to the break up 24-4. The scramble defence from our boys to withstand numerous attacking raids from a quality Knights side is a true show of character amongst this playing group. We finished the half with a completion rate of 83% and a first half of football that would lay the foundations for the remainder of the game.
The opening 10 minutes of the second half was a grind, an arm wrestle. Although the Knights opened the scoring in the second half through winger Akuila Uate, the boys continued to play to their structures and processes. The Knights did have a fair chunk of the ball in the second half due to a couple of penalties and them getting repeat sets, but it was the defence that shone bright in the second half as they withstood countless attacking raids from the Knights and at one stage defended 7 sets in a row on their try line.
Defence is attitude and defence is what wins you games. We may not have scored another try after the 17th minute, but the way the boy’s defended and continually turned up for each other when our backs were against the wall is a true sign of how much the boys are willing to do what ever it takes to get the result we want.
As I said, it’s always a tough place to win at Newcastle and in front of 29,482 fans and when you make more tackles than the opposition it really shows how much of a rewarding win it was. We finished the match 26-10 winners and with a completion rate of 82%.
Outstanding performances from Aiden Tolman, Krisnan Inu, Frank Pritchard, Dale Finucane, Mick Ennis and Joel Romelo certainly drove the performance amongst the playing group.
A longer break now before we take on a Brisbane side who have plenty of quality players in their side and will be looking to push for a top 4 spot.
- 22runs(187m), 43 tackles, 58 minutes
-14runs(127m), 18 tackles, 1 offload, 73 minutes
- 9runs(79m), 29 tackles, 1 offload, 41 minutes
- 10runs(125m), 4 tackle breaks, 11 tackles, 1 offload, 2 line breaks, 5/5 with the boot
- 6runs(24m), 44 tackles
- 8runs(62m), 5 tackle breaks, 13 tackles, 1 try