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NYC Round 2 Preview

NYC Round 2 Preview
NYC Newcastle Knight Jake McNamara.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newcastle Knights

Date: Saturday March 12
NYC: 3.15pm
NRL: 5.30pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium



1. Nick Meaney, 2. Kainoa Gudgeon, 3. Cory Denniss, 4. Henry Penn, 5. Matt Soper-Lawler, 6. Jake McNamara, 7. Jack Cogger, 8. Tyrone Amey. 9. Joe Morris, 10. Jamayne Taunao-Brown, 11. Eddy Tuilotolava, 12. Braden Robson, 13. Jayden Butterfield. Interchange: 14. Nick Newman, 15. Zac Hosking. 16. Viko Puliuvea, 17. Cameron King. 


1. Riley Yates, 2. Tom Perrin, 3. Haimona Hiroti, 4. Tevita Cottrell, 5. Josh Ellison, 6. Chad O’Donnell, 7. Liam Coleman, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Maia Sands, 10. Tim Davis, 11. Jacob McCudden, 12. Rory Lillis, 13. Brock Gray. Interchange: 14. Harry Leddy, 15. Gabe Hamlin, 16. Josh Saunders, 17. Jamel Hunt.

Match analysis:

The NYC Newcastle Knights displayed admirable characteristics in the side’s season opening match that coach Todd Lowrie believes builds solid foundations for season 2016.

In steamy conditions at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast, the Knights lost two players through injury and were forced to muster their strength and energy to cover the deficient.

Off the back of that 34-18 win up north, the young Knights travel to ANZ Stadium this weekend to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs

"To the boys’ credit last week, they really dug in, held on for each other and played tough and won,” Lowrie said.

"For them to play longer than they expected, it’s good and what we’re after."

In efforts to make the most of the short turnaround to Saturday afternoon’s game, the NYC Knights have placed emphasis on defence in their preparation for Round 2.

“It will be about making sure we get through our sets like we did last week,” he said.

“We had the least amount of errors throughout the whole NYC last week."

Casting an eye to the opposition, Lowrie assumes the Rabbitohs will be hungry to post their first win of the season when they meet the NYC Knights on home turf.

“They have some really good players who we will need to watch,” he said.

“They’ll be tough, Souths as a Club do things really well.”

Where it will be won:

Up front.

“We’re expecting conditions to be tough again so the forwards will have a big play in the game,” Lowrie said.

“It will come down to whoever wins that battle and holds on the longest.”

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