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Kalyn Ponga

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Knights

Player Bio

Height:
184 cm
Date of Birth:
30 March 1998
Weight:
92 kg
Birthplace:
Port Hedland, WA
Age:
23
Nickname:
KP
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Date:
16 September 2016
Opposition:
Brisbane Broncos
Round:
Finals Week 2
Previous Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Junior Club:
Souths Mackay, Easts Tigers Brisbane
Biography:

The 2018 and 2020 Danny Buderus medal winner, Ponga enjoyed a stunning season last year.

A staple of the Queensland State of Origin side, the livewire has become a highlight-reel machine and stamped himself as one of the game’s best fullbacks.

Ponga was born in Port Hedland, WA but is a Mackay junior.

He made his NRL debut for the North Queensland Cowboys in 2016 and played nine games with the side across two seasons.

A speedster with cunning footwork, his ability to beat defenders is one of his strong attributes.

Ponga is signed with the Knights until the end of 2024 and is primed for a huge season in 2021.

ABOUT ME ...

Who am I ... Kalyn Ponga
Who is most important to me ... Can’t really split them but my mum, dad and little sister
Greatest off-field achievement ... I haven’t probably achieved what I wanted to off the field, my goal was to go to University and study, started my secondary school teaching degree but haven’t finished it, that is probably something I want to achieve
Something you wouldn’t know about me is.. My biggest fear is bugs, love my photography, I also used to play a lot of golf and thought I wanted to play golf professionally
I’d be lost without... Connor, my roommate, he looks after me
What I love most about living in Newcastle... Love the beach and my mates, the boys that are here, both in the top squad and a few in the 20’s and some local mates.
I grew up ... Grew up everywhere, spent the longest in Palmerston North which is in New Zealand
People would describe me as ... Laid-back, easy-going and relaxed
As a kid my hero was ... My dad, always
They were my hero because... He always inspired me to be the best that I could be whether it was school or sport
The last book I read was... The Subtle Art
My favourite song to listen to on game day is ... Nonstop by Drake or the song Chicken Soup
My favourite thing to do in Newcastle is ... Go the beach, get out and about, go on adventures and take photos
My greatest on field moment... Anytime you put on a jersey for the first time is a big achievement, my debut, playing for the Knights and then playing for Queensland as well.

Career

Appearances
76
Tries
36

2021 Season

Appearances
8

Scoring

Tries
6
Goals
10

Kicking

Goal Conversion Rate

Attack

Try Assists
7
Line Breaks
5
Tackle Breaks
36

Passing

Receipts
330

Defence

Tackles Made
31
Missed Tackles
18
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
141
Total Running Metres
1129

Fantasy

Total Points
413
Average Points
51.6

2021 Season - By Round

2021 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
5 Titans Lost 42 - 16 Fullback 80 1 2 8 72 - 1 5 26 2 36 8 3 180 - 48
6 Sharks Won 26 - 22 Fullback 80 2 3 14 32 2 2 8 41 3 39 7 1 172 - 44
7 Panthers Lost 24 - 6 Fullback 80 - 1 2 77 - - 4 35 1 49 1 2 179 - 68
8 Roosters Lost 4 - 38 Fullback 80 - - - 100 1 - 3 25 - 61 2 3 111 14 30
9 Raiders Won 16 - 24 Fullback 80 1 4 12 - 1 1 7 27 3 35 7 5 119 - -
16 Cowboys Won 38 - 0 Fullback 75 2 - 8 - 2 1 4 38 - 50 1 2 212 - 38
18 Storm Lost 48 - 4 Fullback 32 - - - - - - 2 - - 16 1 1 33 - 7
19 Roosters Lost 28 - 8 Fullback 80 - - - 7 1 - 3 24 1 44 4 1 119 20 39

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Tackle Efficiency Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2016 2 1 1 - 50% - - - - - - - - 1 28 4 1 75.00% 235 117.55 27 48 24.0
Cowboys 2017 7 2 5 - 29% 3 - 12 50 7.14 - - - 8 153 19 8 64.04% 879 125.00 413 287 41.0
Knights 2018 20 7 13 - 35% 6 27 78 1,295 64.77 69.23% 7 11 12 698 105 42 67.44% 2,855 142.00 990 1,050 52.5
Knights 2019 20 8 12 - 40% 11 48 140 1,117 55.83 80.00% 8 9 15 718 113 42 66.45% 2,557 127.00 788 975 48.8
Knights 2020 19 11 8 - 58% 10 46 132 1,598 84.11 65.71% 8 14 12 791 54 41 53.19% 3,502 184.00 1,064 1,106 58.2
Knights 2021 8 3 5 - 38% 6 10 44 288 35.95 71.43% - 7 5 330 31 18 63.27% 1,129 141.00 279 413 51.6

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Goal Conversion Rate Forced Drop Outs Try Assists Linebreaks Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Tackle Efficiency Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2016 2017 9 3 6 - 33% 3 - 12 50 5.56 - - - 9 181 23 9 71.88% 1,115 123.00 440 333 37.0
Knights 2018 2021 67 29 38 - 43% 33 131 394 4,298 64.14 71.58% 23 41 44 2,537 303 143 67.94% 10,044 149.00 3,122 3,531 52.7

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