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Stone wields axe – Four cut

Knights coach Rick Stone has dropped four regular first-graders to the NSW Cup to put his underperforming team on notice that he has had enough of their mediocrity. After three straight losses, and one win from six home games, Newcastle’s premiership campaign is teetering on the brink of oblivion and Stone has responded by relegating halfback Scott Dureau, fullback Shannon McDonnell, utility forward Cameron Ciraldo and centre Keith Lulia to the second-tier Central Coast Centurions. Stone named NSW captain Kurt Gidley in his regular fullback position for the must-win game against Parramatta at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Monday night, and selected Ben Rogers and Jarrod Mullen in the halves. Returning from a two-game suspension, Rogers will play five-eighth and Mullen halfback in place of Dureau and Gidley, who have worn the No.7 jersey in Newcastle’s past two losses, to the Warriors and Panthers.

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Here we are with two rounds to go before the silly season starts with 7 byes from rounds 9 to 18.  Have you made preparations to cover your State Of Origin (SOO) players?  Have you had a good look at the bye rounds so you have a full team each week?  I am here to help coaches prepare for those bye rounds to minimise the impact of loosing their rep players for extended periods.

In round 9, 8 teams have a bye.  If you have key players from each of those teams you are in big trouble if you don’t have a list of 25 players scoring points each round.  Expect scores of 300 or less.

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In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.