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Season Review: Nathan Ross

It was a tough season for Nathan Ross who found it hard to stay on the park due to a troublesome pelvis injury.

As a result, Ross only managed 15 games in 2018.

After finishing as the nib Newcastle Knights leading try-scorer in 2017, Ross only crossed the line twice in 2018.

One of those tries however was a game winning four-pointer against Manly back in Round 7.

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In the 15 games Ross featured nine times in the centres, five on the wing and one as a utility.

Ross' season ended in Round 20 against North Queensland.

He finished 2018 with two try-assists, four line-breaks, and averaged 103 running metres per game.

Moment of the Year: Round 2 v Canberra

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You can never doubt Ross' determination.

In the second round of the season, it was on display for all to see.

The Knights were playing Canberra.

There was 30 seconds remaining in the first half and the Knights had the lead, 14-12.

The Raiders were attacking the line as they looked to end the half with a bang.

Blake Austin got the ball down the left side of the field with players set up on both sides.

He shaped to pass both ways with a series of dummies.

Austin picked out the hole and was on his way to score a try on the cusp of half-time.

He brushed past Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga but Ross' effort and determination was on show.

Ross threw his body at the legs of Austin, making the tackle and stopping a try.

Ross' winning plays didn't stop there.

Down by eight with 15 minutes to go, Ross made a break down the sideline.

He was about to be shut down but produced a kick in-field for his support men.

The kick was perfect, as the Knights had two unmarked players going for the ball.

Connor Watson scooped up the ball and scored the try, putting the Knights back into the game.

Ross ran for 128 metres, made one line-break and had a try-assist in what was his best game in 2018.

2018 Stats:

Games: 15
Avg running metres: 103m
Tackles made: 100 (79% efficiency)
Tries: 2
Try assists: 2
Line breaks: 4
Offloads: 4
Tackle breaks: 24