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Gidley ruled out

Newcastle captain Kurt Gidley has been ruled out of the Knights’ round two clash with North Queensland with a back injury in a major blow ahead of Saturday night’s clash. Gidley was forced from the field with back spasms during the Knight’s 42-8 win over Penrith on Sunday. He was cleared of any serious damage after undergoing scans on Monday and named at fullback on Tuesday. But the Knights today decided to take no risks with the injury responding slower than expected to treatment. Gidley has been replaced by former Wests Tigers fullback Shannon McDonnell. Newcastle spokeswoman Michelle Smit said Gidley was only ever a 50 per cent chance of playing when Rick Stone named the side. “He was hoping the back would have settled down by now, but it hasn’t responded as well as he hoped so he’s out,” she said.

Knights 32 – Sharks 10

Newcastle have shown their willingness to play attacking rugby league, scoring six tries in a 32-10 trial win over Cronulla at Olympic Park, Muswellbrook on Saturday night. Although the first points were not posted until the 26th minute the crowd of around 4,000 witnessed on open and expansive game of rugby league on a balmy night in the Upper Hunter Valley. Knights try-scoring sensation Akuila Uate carried two defenders across the line to open the scoring. Kurt Gidley converted for a 6-0 lead with Junior Sa’u extending the home side’s lead to 10-0 two minutes before the break. Knights hooker Isaac De Gois scored a double as did Sa’u. Gidley’s fullback deputy Shannon McDonnell scored on 52 minutes to take the score to 22-0 before the Sharks first try, to fullback Nathan Gardner, on the hour. Matt Wright scored another consolation try for the Sharks on the full-time siren.

Panthers V Knight report

A late try to the Penrith Panthers against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night gave the Panthers a victory in Port Macquarie. Early tries to Panthers’ Sandor Earl and Kevin Kingston gave the men from the mountains a 10-nil lead just ten minutes into the game. Lock Mark Taufua made his way accross the white line to score for the Knights, a conversion from Wes Naiqama put the Novacastrians on the score board. Another Penrith try and a Michael Gordon conversion took the first quarter score to 16-6. After a number of pushes in the Panthers half, hooker Isaac De Gois narrowed the margin to 16-10. In the 33rd minute fullback Shannon McDonnell was tackled mid air by Penrith’s Travis Burns, McDonnell left the field and watched the remainder of the game from the sideline. With Naiqama moved to fullback, impressive young recruit Siuatonga Likiliki made his way onto the field. The second half saw tries to Evarn Tuimavave and Marvin Karawana, with successful conversions by Peter Mata’utia and Cory Paterson taking the knights to 16-22. Penrith came back in the final three minutes with two tries and two successful conversions, making the final score 28-22.

McDonnell in doubt for Knights

Newcastle Knights’ fullback Shannon McDonnell is in doubt for Saturday night’s do-or-die clash against St George Illawarra at EnergyAustralia Stadium after suffering a hamstring injury at training. McDonnell, who has been a revelation for the Knights at fullback this season, limped off the training paddock on Tuesday afternoon with a hamstring strain and will be racing the clock to be fit for this weekend’s crucial fixture. “He had a little twinge in his hammy there so I suppose we won’t really know for 24 hours now or even a little bit longer just how he is,” Knights coach Rick Stone told the media on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s always tough trying to get everyone to the post every week but hopefully it’s not too serious, and he’ll be able to do something by Thursday.” If McDonnell is unable to play, Stone has a couple of options at his disposal. He could move State of Origin representative Kurt Gidley back to the custodian role and bring Scott Dureau to partner Jarrod Mullen in the halves. But with Gidley and Mullen striking up a formidable combination in the past few weeks, a more likely scenario would see Wes Naiqama come in as a straight swap for the Number 1 jersey. Stone said there were two other injury concerns with Gidley and Adam MacDougall carrying minor medical complaints but he was 100 per cent confident both would pay this weekend. “Doogs (Adam MacDougall) has a slight concussion, so his training has been lighter than usual, and Kurt has a wrist injury we are trying to nurse him through, but there are no other major concerns apart from Shannon.”

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.

South Sydney captain Roy Asotasi will miss up to four weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s 50-10 thrashing of NRL rivals the Wests Tigers.Asotasi, who was making his return from a knee injury, underwent scans on Monday which showed he had suffered local nerve damage. The injury is not as bad as had been feared and the Kiwi prop will avoid surgery.

Newcastle have also received some bad news with prop Evarn Tuimavave ruled out Continue reading

Gidley to half, almost set in Stone

NEWCASTLE halfback Scott Dureau has paid the price for some substandard defence in the loss to the Gold Coast with skipper Kurt Gidley poised for a move into the halves this weekend. Despite again being named at halfback for the Knights yesterday, The Daily Telegraph has learnt that Dureau will be axed from the side to meet Sydney Roosters on Saturday night in Gosford. With Jarrod Mullen out for up to a month with a torn ankle ligament, coach Rick Stone will opt for a new-look scrumbase pairing against the Roosters. Gidley will move from fullback to halfback with Ben Rogers recalled at five-eighth. Shannon McDonnell was not named in the squad but will come into the starting side at fullback. Coach Stone has little or no depth to work with and now finds himself with Mullen joining a growing injury list that includes Adam MacDougall, Zeb Taia, Wes Naiqama and James McManus. MacDougall, Naiqama and McManus are due back within a week or two while Mullen and Taia will struggle to return before round 13.

Knights fullback McDonnell to play with broken thumb

Newcastle fullback Shannon McDonnell will play Saturday’s NRL match against South Sydney with his broken thumb in a splint. McDonnell cracked a bone in the last tackle of Monday’s last-gasp 34-30 loss to Penrith but has avoided surgery and is hopeful of playing on as the injury heals. “It’s all right, I’ll get through the game all right, just strap it up and I’ll try not to think about it,” he told reporters on Thursday. McDonnell has been unable to train fully with the Knights this week but is confident of getting through an intense final session on Friday and avoiding a pain-killing injection for the Bluetongue Stadium clash with the Rabbitohs. “(It was) just a light session today, not really worrying about catching the ball yet so I’ll worry about that tomorrow and see how we go,” he said. Former Wests Tigers back McDonnell has replaced Kurt Gidley at fullback as the captain recovers from a serious hamstring injury.

Gidley still two weeks away

Newcastle Knights Captain Kurt Gidley has been given another fortnight to recover and will miss his sides match against South Sydney in Gosford. After initially marking Saturday’s game against the Rabbitohs for his comeback, Gidley has accepted the advice from club doctor Peter McGeoch and coach Rick Stone to give his injured hamstring more time to heal. “He basically needs one more round. He’s been training up to 90 per cent with the team,” Stone said. “But we’d like to see how he goes with another two weeks.” Shannon McDonnell will retain the fullback position. “He is itching to get back but he realises the bigger picture,” Stone said. “He’s got a long season in front of him and he wants to be at his best when he returns.” Gidley is expected to return for the Round six match verse the Nth Queensland Cowboys at Energy Australia Stadium.

Gidley eyes Round 4 for return

Gidley has earmarked the Knights’ round-four clash with Penrith as his comeback game after tearing his hamstring in the NRL-Indigenous All Stars game in the pre-season. But his team’s opening-round triumph and the form of stand-in fullback Shannon McDonnell has taken the urgency out of his return. But despite his heroics, there is no suggestion he may force Knights coach Rick Stone to find another position for Gidley when the skipper returns. “I’ve spoken to Gids about the possibility of him playing in the halves at some stage this season and that may well happen,” Stone said. “But getting him back playing at fullback where he is probably most comfortable is the plan at this stage.