Impressive Knights hammer injury riddled Eels

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Newcastle Knights 30 defeat Parramatta Eels 4.
 
 
Match Review.
It was branded the match of desperation by Fox Sports with both teams needing a serious change in form. The Parramatta Eels are fighting to avoid the wooden spoon and give their fans something to smile about in 2018, while the Newcastle Knights are on the decline and after 12 rounds, have the third most points against in NRL history.
 
From the vey get go, is was obvious that this half was not going to be good for the Eels. Despite being favourites, the Eels were unfortunate enough to lose fullback Bevan French in the opening five minutes of the game due to a concussion, and the Eels would not see him return.
 
It was the start of a horror half for the Eels, because the Newcastle Knights looked to be on! The first ten minutes of the game saw the Eels struggling and the Knights with all the momentum, and eventually the Parra defence cracked. Young Newcastle halfback Jack Cogger opened the scoring for the Knights off an unlucky tap back for the Eels which saw Cogger stroll over, and from there on out, it only got worse for the Eels.
 
The game was spent in a back and forth fight up until about the 35th minute in which a Kalyn Ponga penalty goal being the only scoring play in that time, but a serious suspected knee injury suffered by Eels halfback Mitchell Moses made this game even harder for the Eels. The 35th minute was where the excitement picked back up with the Eels losing Michael Jennings to the sin bin for a professional foul, and then a minute later Knights second rower Sione Mata'utia went over through a brilliant through the hands play. The converted try ended the half from hell for the Eels and gave the Knights a 14-0 lead going into the break.
 
The second half started the way the first half ended, all Newcastle. The Knights were able to strike early and extend their lead to 20-0 only six minutes into the second half when winger Ken Sio got a lucky bounce off a grubber and was able to plant it down for the try. The red, white and blue onslaught didn't end there when less than ten minutes later, the Eels defence cracked under the constant pressure again due to Knights big boy Daniel Saifiti strolling over through the line.
 
The Eels night was only getting worse and worse when the Knights extended their lead to 30-0 off a Connor Watson dummy and go run down field for the try. to top it off, fill in fullback for the Eels Will Smith went off due to a suspected hamstring injury, leaving the Eels with just thirteen men, no bench, and two props in the centres.
 
Despite the horrid performance and injury riddled game by the Eels, they were able to grab a consolation try in the 75th minute thanks to winger Josh Hoffman who went flying through the line for a try off a brilliant Clint Gutherson short ball.
 
The Newcastle Knights took home an impressive 30-4 victory to snap a four game losing streak and keep the Knights in top 8 contention while the Eels season continues to get worse.
 
Stonecold's Player Of The Game: Kalyn Ponga (Knights)
 
Parramatta Eels:
75' Josh Hoffman (Try)
 
Newcastle Knights:
13' Jack Cogger (Try)
14' Kalyn Ponga (Conversion)
27' Kalyn Ponga (Penalty Goal)
36' Sione Mata'utia (Try)
38' Kalyn Ponga (Conversion)
46' Ken Sio (Try)
47' Kalyn Ponga (Conversion)
55' Daniel Saifiti (Try)
56' Kalyn Ponga (Conversion)
68' Connor Watson (Try)
 
-Stonecold. 


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