What we learnt: Bulldogs v Knights
Check out the action from the Belmore Sports Ground.
1. Dogs edge the Knights at the death
For some teams losing is a habit, and so it is for the Newcastle Knights. Today they were the better team for the majority of the match and looked likely winners against the Bulldogs through most of the game up until the 78th minute. But true to form, they found a way to lose going down 20-18. For the Knights, the Mata’utia brothers were on form with Peter scoring a double and Chanel also crossing, while Kerrod Holland, Marcelo Montoya and Moses Mbye (with the runaway winner in the final minutes) crossed for the Dogs. The win takes the Dogs to 16 points and they sit in 13th place, while the Knights remain last on 8 points.
2. Tolman on fire
Aiden Tolman continued to benefit from James Graham’s absence topping the fantasy scoring today with 66* points, including 43 tackles and 155 run metres. Tolman again played the whole 80 minutes, an obvious consequence of Graham not being there. With a three-game average of 56, Tolman is now shaping as a solid option for the run home.
3. Mata’utia rips it up
Unfortunately for the 25% of fantasy coaches that own him, it wasn’t Sione that did the ‘ripping up’, it was Peter. With a try scoring double, he knocked out an impressive 61* points which will please the 5% of coaches that have him. For the record, Sione scored 29* points while Chanel (brother number three) scored 23*.
4. Mbye hits form
Moses Mbye has found some excellent fantasy form recently with scores of 60, 65 and 57 in his last three outings. Today he followed that up with a score of 63* including, as mentioned, the match equaling 70 metre runaway try in the last couple of minutes. He’s certainly a POD if you’re so inclined with only 0.91% of coaches owning him.
5. Failing halves
A commiseratory shout out to the 6% of coaches that have Brock Lamb and the 5% that have Matt Frawley, who were rewarded for their loyalty with scores of 29* and 23* respectively. Frankly I’m surprised the ownership percentages are that high for these two players at this time of the season, but each to their own.
And finally, a special mention to Josh Reynolds who, in his last game at Belmore for the Dogs, delivered a crap score of 21* points. In true Reynolds fashion, in the final minute of the game following Mbye’s try and Holland’s conversion, he gave away a stupid penalty that could’ve cost the Dogs the win. However, luckily for Reynolds, Lamb’s penalty attempt to level the scores from 30 metres out was possibly the worse penalty kick attempt the NRL has seen in the last couple of seasons.
*Scores do not include updates