Stat Attack - Kick happy Knights
Monday 2 July 2012 1:45 PM
Jarrod Mullen’s kicking game was at the forefront of Newcastle’s second straight victory on Saturday night over Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium.
The Knights five-eighth plugged the ball deep into Parramatta territory 23 times for a whopping 789 kick metres, just 80 metres less than Parramatta’s entire team total. In fact Mullen’s personal tally would have easily eclipsed many team totals from a vast amount of games this year (Newcastle had just 747 total kick metres last weekend against the Tigers).
Mullen also scored the opening try of the second half to kick the Knights out to a 12-6 lead in the 43rd minute - Watch Mullen show and go and crash over.
Here are a few more stats coming out of Newcastle’s 20-12 win over Parramatta in Round 17.
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The completion rates of both sides was excellent - purring along at 83%. Newcastle and Parramatta completed 33 of 40 sets during the match, but while Parramatta had 198 runs to Newcastle’s 172 - they only made 53 more total run metres (1553m to 1500m). Interestingly despite running the ball 26 more times, Parramatta actually made more tackles than Newcastle with 367 to 341.
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Kevin Naiqama made the most of his chance to start at fullback - scoring a sensational length of the field try to turn the game in the second half - Watch Naiqama bust the defensive line to burn them on the kick return and give Wayne Bennett a great backup option for Darius Boyd post-Origin.
By the end of the night Naiqama had run for 247 metres on 16 runs with 3 tackle breaks and a line break.
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Zeb Taia and Adam Cuthbertson provided plenty of grunt from the bench when injected into the contest. Taia has been playing as a prop in recent weeks and ran 15 times for 127 metres and Cuthbertson - also playing a hybrid role up front - had 15 runs for 104 metres with 3 offloads.
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With four forwards on the bench and no backup hooker selected against the Eels, Danny Buderus worked his butt off to keep the team moving around the park.
Buderus made 45 tackles for the Knights, and along with backrowers Chris Houston and Joel Edwards were mainstays on the field for the entire game.
Edwards made 34 tackles and Houston a game-high 48 tackles as the Knights held the Eels to just 12 points.
In Round 18, the Hunter Ports Newcastle Knights travel to ANZ Stadium to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday July 8 at 2:00pm.