FINAL SCORE: Knights 12-18 Bulldogs
In an extremely wet afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium, the Knights just weren't anywhere near the best and as a result fell to a gritty Bulldogs side.
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Sunday 5:15pm | An update on the injuries of Connor Watson and Andrew McCullough has been given, and the news isn't good.
Sunday 5:00pm | The numbers that matter from the match
Sunday 4:35pm | Watch Adam O'Brien discuss the loss after the game in the press conference
Sunday 4:20pm | Re-watch the highlights from today's match
Highlights: Knights defeated by Bulldogs in the wet
Sunday 4:10pm | It wasn't our day against the Bulldogs, but here are all the best shots from the match.
FULL TIME | Own it and move on. Not good enough today.
79' | We almost force an error from the Bulldogs, but a penalty is given instead.
77' | The Dogs work their way back down the field. Foran places a low kick into the hands of Ponga. We have to go 80 metres but have a set restart to help.
77' | A grubber kick goes one inch too long. Best can't get there in time. Handover.
76' | Pearce slips while catching and is clobbered by Foran. Still a chance to score.
76' | The Dogs kick deep in their own half. We start the set 30m out from the try-line!
75' | We hand it over. But the boys are fighting hard in defence. We almost push them back into the in-goal.
74' | We swing it wide and Moga and Hunt combine well to make important metres. We're inside the opposition 10m.
73' | Bulldogs stuff their kick. It dribbles along the ground and we start our set on the 40m line.
72' | We kick from just past half-way. It's taken well by the Dogs. They start their set behind the 10m line.
71' | Our kick lands deep in their territory. Chance to continue the pressure.
71' | CROWD NUMBER | 3,521.
70' | Ponga nails it from wide! We're back in it. Bulldogs 18-12.
69' | KNIGHTS TRY! Mann gives a short pass to Mata'utia and he burrows over near the sideline. Do we dare to dream?! Bulldogs 18-10.
68' | Bulldogs kick it out on the full! We start our set 40m out from their line.
68' | Pearce attempts a kick in behind the line, but it pops off the Bulldogs feet. They regain possession.
67' | Pasami Saulo goes desperately close to scoring. The bunker checks it, but no try given.
67' | J-Saf breaks through the line off the return! Another set restart. Big chance to score.
66' | A Mann kick forces a dropout. We'll have another go at their line.
65' | We're back with the ball inside their half. And with a set restart!
64' | We go close, but not close enough. Just metres short we hand the ball over.
62' | Strong defence from the Knights. The kick is deflected and we field the ball 40m out from their line.
62' | The boys fight hard on their return set and Ponga's kick is fielded just 4m out. Here we go!
61' | Ponga converts from close. Bulldogs 18-6
60' | FINALLY, TRYYYYYYY! Hymel Hunt dashes over from the sideline! Bulldogs 18-4
60' | Knock-on Bulldogs. We get the ball back.
59' | Ponga tries to make something out of nothing, but his kick hits a leg of a Bulldog. He makes a strong tackle but.
59' | Lewis duffs his kick and we start our attacking set past the 40m line.
57' | A strong set from the team ends inside the opposition 10m line. Now for defence.
56' | We start our set five metres out. Still work to do.
55' | A Lewis grubber kick ricochetes of our feet and regather.
53' | It looked to be great cover defence from our right edge, but it was deemed a penalty instead. Another set for the Dogs on our line.
53' | Another unforced error. We give the ball back to the Dogs.
52' | The Bulldogs use their seven tackle set to put us under pressure, but we collect the kick.
51' | A Mann grubber kick almost ends in a Moga try, but he fumbles the grounding. Set restart for the Dogs.
50' | Dogs kick the ball back to us and give away a penalty on the return. A great chance to answer back.
49' | Averillo converts his own try. Bulldogs by 18.
48' | Another try to the Bulldogs. A grubber kick causes us problems and Averillo jumps onto it. Bulldogs lead by 16.
48' | Barnett tries to lift the team. Another big hit from our enforcer!
47' | Another dropped ball gives the Bulldogs great field position.
46' | Bulldogs receive another let-off. They push back up the field giving the ball back to us 30m out.
45' | A set restart has been awarded to us, before a dropped ball kills us again.
44' | A good set from the Knights and an even better kick from Pearce that forces an error. Scrum to come 10m out.
43' | A whirling kick from the Bulldogs is thankfully taken by Hymel Hunt.
42' | Averillo converts. Bulldogs lead by 12.
41' | Try to the Bulldogs. Raymond Faitala-Mariner scores. Bulldogs lead by 10.
41' | Looks to be a try to the Dogs. The bunker is checking...
40' | Dogs start the half with momentum as Ponga drops the ball from the kick on the 20m line.
40' | We're back underway for the second half. Let's do this!
HALF-TIME | Work to do in the second half.
38' | Bulldogs continue on error-free, pushing us back for what should be the last set of the half on our 10m line.
37' | Ponga makes a half-line break upon receiving from the kick.
36' | We receive a set restart but instantly lose the ball. Bulldogs regain possession.
36' | A scuffed drop-out luckily lands in our hands. We start just 10m out.
36' | Mann places a perfect kick in the in-goal. We'll receive a dropout.
35' | We receive a much-needed set restart.
34' | Both defences look steadfast. Nullifying the attacks of the other.
33' | Pearce is crunched after his kick. Again our opponents start their set 20m out.
32' | The Bulldogs again try to pin Ponga back, but our fullback does well under the high ball.
31' | We continue to fight and push forward. Ponga plants a kick deep and Bulldogs start their set 20m out.
30' | Pearce lands a kick 12m out from the Dogs line. Looks to be Mann moving into the hooker role, and Mata'utia into five-eighth.
30' | Watson is taken from the field. Another bad sign.
28' | Last tackle sees Lewis kick it in behind our line, but Watson has gone down injured.
28' | We push deep near the Dogs' try-line and finish our set just agonisingly short.
27' | Ponga attempts to lift the team with a line-breaking run from the kick return.
27' | It's an arm-wrestle here at McDonald Jones Stadium.
26' | We kick on last and Barnett drives them back with a strong tackle.
26' | We keep the Dogs inside their own half as Ponga begins our set 20m out.
25' | Barnett somehow ends up with the ball on last tackle and chases his kick. He tackles Meaney inside his own 10m.
24' | Play resumes as Lewis dabs a kick near our end. Hunt runs it back strong.
23' | McCullough is helped from the field by trainers. Not a good sight to see Knights fans.
23' | McCullough goes down with what seems to be an injured hamstring.
23' | A dangerous kick is defused by the Bulldogs just in-front of their try-line.
22' | Knights begin their set just behind half-way. A chance to keep the pressure on.
21' | Pearce puts a lovely chip into the air and Mata'utia follows up with a crunching tackle on the catcher.
21' | Knights currently sitting with a 58% completion rate. Bulldogs with 90%.
20' | It looked like a try for all money was coming for the Bulldogs, but Averillo makes an error when grounding the ball. Tap restart for the Knights.
20' | Half-way through the first stanza and the Dogs are putting the pressure on again just outside our try-line.
19' | We take the ball deep into enemy territory but our kick is fielded just outside the try-line.
18' | Napa juggles a ball but re-gathers before kicking to Ponga who brings it back past the 40m line.
17' | Ponga puts a nice kick into the Dogs' in-goal. They start their set on their 10m line.
16' | We lose the ball on the first tackle. Bulldogs back with possession.
16' | Knights receive a second penalty just 10m out. Full set attacking the line coming up.
15' | Knights receive a penalty inside their own half.
14' | Nick Meaney hits the conversion. Bulldogs lead 6-0.
13' | Try to the Bulldogs. Lewis puts in a dangerous grubber for the Dogs and after picking up the pieces, he then puts Tolman in for the first try. Bulldogs lead 4-0.
12' | A mistake from Ponga lets the Bulldogs off. They begin the set on their 30m line.
10' | A wayward pass from the Bulldogs slips behind the line and Tuala jumps onto it for the Knights.
9' | The Bulldogs put a cross-field kick in, and after being batted down, Tau Moga tries a quick pass but ends up going forward. Dogs scrum just 10m out.
7' | The set ends in the Bulldogs hands before our boys give away a set restart.
7' | A poor kick from the Dogs followed by a set restart puts the Knights in strong attacking position.
6' | Bradman Best sprints down the outside through the defensive line, but his run ends in a knock-on. Bulldogs ball.
6' | A brilliant kick from the Dogs almost ends in a drop-out. But Tuala does well.
5' | Pearce ends the set with a kick inside Bulldogs' 20m.
4' | A strong defensive set from the Knights with Ponga catching a kick 10 metres out from their own line.
3' | A bad last tackle play sees a poor kick put up and a penalty given away for offside. Bulldogs have the ball just behind half-way
2' | A great break from Hymel Hunt and Tau Moga put the Knights in great attacking position on the first set.
2' | We successfully defend our try-line as Ponga jumps onto a grubber kick and escapes the in-goal.
1' | Disaster has struck early as we lose the ball on the first tackle of the game. Bulldogs scrum 10 metres out.
0' | We've kicked off at McDonald Jones Stadium! Knights 0-0 Bulldogs
Sunday 1:50pm: Our boys have warmed up and are ready to fire. Kick-off not far away now.
Sunday 1:05pm: COIN TOSS | Bulldogs have won the toss and will be kicking off. We will be running from left to right.
Sunday 1:00pm: LATE MAIL | Adam O'Brien has confirmed his 17 for today's clash with the Bulldogs.
Late Mail: O'Brien names two changes to starting line up
Mitch Barnett and Sione Mata'utia will both start the match, with Herman Ese'ese and Aidan Guerra shifting back to the bench.
Josh King and Gehamat Shibasaki have both dropped off the reserves list.
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Enari Tuala, 3. Tautau Moga, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 17. Sione Mata'utia, 15. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 13. Herman Ese'ese, 16. Pasami Saulo, 12. Aidan Guerra.
Sunday 12:20pm: The boys have arrived and are ready to go.
Sunday 11:20am: Here we go! Nothing like a bit of wet weather footy. Late Mail coming in soon.
Saturday 2:00pm: SQUAD REDUCTION | Adam O’Brien has made some changes to his side ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s clash with the Bulldogs.
Tex Hoy and Phoenix Crossland will come out of the side, with Josh King and Gehamat Shibasaki the remaining reserves.
The team will be finalised one hour prior to kick off tomorrow.
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Enari Tuala, 3. Tautau Moga, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Mitch Barnett, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Sione Mata'utia, 19. Josh King, 21. Gehamat Shibasaki.
BULLDOGS: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Dallin Waetene-Zelezniak, 3. Kerrod Holland, 4. Jake Averillo, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Lachlan Lewis, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Luke Thompson, 14. Brandon Wakeham, 15. Sione Katoa, 16. Renouf To'omaga, 17. Ofahiki Ogden, 19. Dean Britt, 20. Reimis Smith.
Saturday 11:00am: Adam O'Brien has addressed the media ahead of tomorrow afternoon's important clash with the Bulldogs.
AOB: Dogs prep, possible changes, DSaf injury
Friday 1:20pm: All the stats that matter ahead of our big game on Sunday afternoon:
Friday 1:20pm: It's been a massive week on the training paddock, with the boys ripping in ahead of another game in front of our home fans. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!
Friday 1:20pm: Earlier this week, Adam O'Brien and Steve Georgallis named their 21-man squads for Sunday's game.
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Enari Tuala, 3. Tautau Moga, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Mitch Barnett, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Sione Mata'utia, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Josh King, 20. Phoenix Crossland, 21. Gehamat Shibasaki.
BULLDOGS: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Dallin Waetene-Zelezniak, 3. Kerrod Holland, 4. Jake Averillo, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Lachlan Lewis, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Luke Thompson. Interchange: 14. Brandon Wakeham, 15. Sione Katoa, 16. Renouf To'omaga, 17. Ofahiki Ogden, 18. Dean Britt, 19. Reimis Smith, 20. Chris Smith, 21. Jack Cogger.
Friday 1:20pm: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium. Keep it glued here from start to finish on Game-Day, with live scores, blow by blow updates, late mail and behind the scenes news, photos and videos.