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Numbers: Poor D costs Knights in Sydney

These are the numbers that matter.

While stats can't tell you everything, they do paint a very telling picture.

Here's what they told us following the Round 18 loss to the Roosters.


Missed tackles by the Knights.

Our defence wasn't up to scratch today, with the boys feeling the pinch of having Kalyn Ponga, Mitch Barnett and Hymel Hunt on the sidelines.

Against quality opposition like the Tri-Colours, those kind of numbers will never be good enough.

For comparison, the Chooks missed just 18 tackles.

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Run metres for Tex Hoy.

Hoy was a rare shining light at the back for the Knights, clocking nearly 200 metres in an impressive display.

The young gun also notched five tackle breaks in his 20 runs, and constantly threatened on the kick return.


Post-contact metres for the Sydney Roosters.

In comparison, the Knights managed over 100 less (423).

The Roosters continued ability to bend the defensive line consistently saw them on the front foot, and enabled them to easily march the ball downfield.

It's something we're sure Adam O'Brien will be addressing this week.


Metres run by Daniel Saifiti.

Saifiti was strong in his return from injury, managing a mammoth metre-count in his 56 minutes on the park.

A good sign of things to come from the dynamite front-rower.


Line breaks for the Sydney Roosters.

The Knights managed just one of their own.