2016 Newcastle Knights season

The 2016 Newcastle Knights season was the 29th in the club's history. Coached by Nathan Brown and co-captained by Trent Hodkinson, Tariq Sims and Jeremy Smith, they competed in the NRL's 2016 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season in 16th place (out of 16). In the pre-season the Knights competed in the 2016 Auckland Nines tournament, reaching the quarter-finals. Mid-way through the 2016 season the team had only one member selected to play in the 2016 State of Origin series.

2016 Newcastle Knights season
NRL Rank16th (last)
2016 recordWins: 1; Draws: 1; Losses: 22
Points scoredFor: 305; Against: 800
Team information
CEOMatthew Gidley
CoachNathan Brown
Captain
StadiumHunter Stadium
Avg. attendance14,457
High attendance21,653
Top scorers
TriesNathan Ross (9)
GoalsTrent Hodkinson (47)
PointsTrent Hodkinson (99)
2015 2017 >

MilestonesEdit

SquadEdit

Newcastle Knights
2016 NRL premiership squad Coaching staff

Extended squad players

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Updated: 31 December 2016
Source(s): Newcastle Knights Profiles,
Rugby League Project

Transfers and Re-signingsEdit

GainsEdit

Player Previous Club Length
Chris Adams Lakes United 2016
Uiti Baker Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 2016
Mitchell Barnett Canberra Raiders 2017
David Bhana New Zealand Warriors 2017
Nathan Brown (head coach) Melbourne Storm 2018
Brendan Elliot Sydney Roosters 2017
Krys Freeman Norths Devils 2016
Trent Hodkinson Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2018
Todd Lowrie (NYC coach) Brisbane Broncos 2016
Peter Mata'utia St. George Illawarra Dragons 2017
Mickey Paea Hull F.C. 2017
Pauli Pauli Parramatta Eels 2017
Will Pearsall Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 2017
Michael Potter (assistant coach) Fiji under-20s team 2016
Tekina Vailea Illawarra Cutters 2016

LossesEdit

Player Club
Adam Clydsdale Canberra Raiders
David Fa'alogo Ipswich Jets
Marvin Filipo Cessnock Goannas
Jake Finn Western Suburbs Rosellas
Kurt Gidley Warrington Wolves
Kerrod Holland Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Chris Houston Widnes Vikings
Sam Keenan Western Suburbs Rosellas
Joseph Leilua Canberra Raiders
James McManus Retirement
Clint Newton Retirement
Jah Pakau Released
Pride Petterson-Robati Casey Warriors
Chad Redman Gold Coast Titans
Tyrone Roberts Gold Coast Titans
Craig Sandercock (assistant coach) Wests Tigers
Beau Scott Parramatta Eels
Damian Sironen Illawarra Cutters
Rick Stone (head coach) Contract terminated
Tuiala Togiatasi Tweed Heads Seagulls
Honeti Tuha Parramatta Eels
Carlos Tuimavave Hull F.C.
Noel Underwood Townsville Blackhawks
Paterika Vaivai Burleigh Bears

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Player Junior side
Cory Denniss Knights National Youth Competition
Tama Koopu Knights New South Wales Cup
Braden Robson Knights National Youth Competition
Daniel Saifiti Knights National Youth Competition
Jacob Saifiti Knights National Youth Competition
Bradie Smith Knights National Youth Competition
Ken Tofilau Knights National Youth Competition

Change of roleEdit

Player/Coach New role
Danny Buderus (interim head coach) Knights assistant coach
James Elias Knights second-tier squad
Jacob Gagai Knights second-tier squad
Troy Pezet (NYC coach) Knights Elite Pathways Recruitment Manager
Michael Steele Knights second-tier squad

Re-signingsEdit

Player/Coach Re-signed to
Josh King 2018
Brock Lamb 2018
Dylan Phythian 2017
Nathan Ross 2018
Daniel Saifiti 2018
Jacob Saifiti 2018

Player contract situationsEdit

2016 (left) 2017 2018
Chris Adams[1] Mitchell Barnett[2] Jack Cogger[3]
Uiti Baker[4] David Bhana[5] Trent Hodkinson[6]
Bryce Donovan[7] Cory Denniss[8] Josh King[9]
Krys Freeman[10] Brendan Elliot[2] Brock Lamb[11]
Tama Koopu[12] Jaelen Feeney[13] Danny Levi[3]
Todd Lowrie[14] Lachlan Fitzgibbon[15] Chanel Mata'utia[16]
Robbie Rochow[17] Dane Gagai[18] Pat Mata'utia[16]
Tariq Sims[19] Jake Mamo[20] Sione Mata'utia[16]
Jeremy Smith[21] Sam Mataora[22] Jarrod Mullen[23]
Kade Snowden[24] Peter Mata'utia[25] Nathan Ross[26]
Joseph Tapine[27] Mickey Paea[28] Daniel Saifiti[29]
James Taylor[30] Pauli Pauli[31] Jacob Saifiti[29]
Ken Tofilau[10] Will Pearsall[32]
Akuila Uate[33] Dylan Phythian[34]
Tekina Vailea[35] Tyler Randell[36]
Braden Robson[37]
Korbin Sims[38]
Bradie Smith[39]
Jack Stockwell[40]
Luke Yates[41]

LadderEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Melbourne Storm 24 19 0 5 2 563 302 +261 42
2   Canberra Raiders 24 17 1 6 2 688 456 +232 39
3   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (P) 24 17 1 6 2 580 404 +176 39
4   North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 2 584 355 +229 34
5   Brisbane Broncos 24 15 0 9 2 554 434 +120 34
6   Penrith Panthers 24 14 0 10 2 563 463 +100 32
7   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 0 10 2 506 448 +58 32
8   Gold Coast Titans 24 11 1 12 2 508 497 +11 27
9   Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 499 607 −108 26
10   New Zealand Warriors 24 10 0 14 2 513 601 −88 24
11   St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 10 0 14 2 341 538 −197 24
12   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 9 0 15 2 473 549 −76 22
13   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 8 0 16 2 454 563 −109 20
14   Parramatta Eels 24 13 0 11 2 298 324 −26 181
15   Sydney Roosters 24 6 0 18 2 443 576 −133 16
16   Newcastle Knights 24 1 1 22 2 305 800 −495 7

1 Parramatta were deducted 12 competition points and their for/against tally accumulated between rounds 1-9 for gross long-term salary cap breaches.

Jerseys and sponsorsEdit

In 2016, the Knights' jerseys were made by ISC and their major sponsor was Newpave Asphalt.

2016 Home Jersey 2016 Away Jersey 2016 ANZAC Jersey 2016 NSW Mining Jersey
   

FixturesEdit

Auckland NinesEdit

Squad: 1. Jake Mamo 2. Nathan Ross 3. Jaelen Feeney 4. Akuila Uate 6. Brock Lamb 7. Will Pearsall 8. Pauli Pauli 9. Tyler Randell (c) 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Korbin Sims 12. Robbie Rochow (c) 13. Jacob Saifiti 14. Sione Mata'utia 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Tariq Sims (c) 17. Chanel Mata'utia 18. Danny Levi 19. Pat Mata'utia

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Drop Goal Conversions Attendance
Saturday, 6 February Auckland Nines Game 3   North Queensland Cowboys Eden Park 12-28 B.Lamb, D.Levi B.Lamb (2/2)
Saturday, 6 February Auckland Nines Game 11   Penrith Panthers Eden Park 15-14 J.Mamo (2), C.Mata'utia D.Levi (1/3)
Sunday, 7 February Auckland Nines Game 19   Wests Tigers Eden Park 21-16 D.Levi, R.Rochow, A.Uate, J.Mamo B.Lamb (2/4)
Sunday, 7 February Auckland Nines Quarter-Final 1   Parramatta Eels Eden Park 8-12 J.Mamo, J.Feeney B.Lamb (0/2)
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

Pre-season trialsEdit

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
Saturday, 20 February Trial 1   Canberra Raiders Wade Park 28 – 34 J.Feeney, L.Fitzgibbon, A.Uate, C.Mata'utia, B.Lamb T.Hodkinson (3/3), T.Randell (0/1), B.Lamb (1/1)
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

Regular seasonEdit

Source:[42]

  • FG – Field Goal
  • GP – Golden Point extra time
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals/Field Goals Attendance
3 March 1   Gold Coast Titans Cbus Super Stadium, Robina Lost 12-30 Pat Mata'utia, Daniel Saifiti Trent Hodkinson (2/2) 8,313
12 March 2   South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Lost 6-48 Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (1/1) 13,364
19 March 3   Canberra Raiders Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Draw 24-24 (GP) Cory Denniss 2, Pat Mata'utia, Sam Mataora Trent Hodkinson (4/4) 13,745
28 March 4   New Zealand Warriors Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland Lost 18-40 Sam Mataora, Dane Gagai, Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (3/3) 13,895
2 April 5   Melbourne Storm AAMI Park, Melbourne Lost 14-18 Jacob Saifiti, Korbin Sims Trent Hodkinson (3/3) 11,443
10 April 6   Wests Tigers Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Won 18-16 Akuila Uate, Korbin Sims, Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (3/3) 21,653
16 April 7   Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Lost 0-53 30,394
25 April 8   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 10-26 Tyler Randell, Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (1/2) 19,072
30 April 9   Sydney Roosters Allianz Stadium, Sydney Lost 0-38 9,502
15 May 10   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 0-62 16,150
21 May 11   Wests Tigers Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown Lost 12-20 Trent Hodkinson, Dane Gagai Trent Hodkinson (2/2) 8,658
30 May 12   Parramatta Eels Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 18-20 Sione Mata'utia, Pauli Pauli, Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (3/5) 12,856
4 June 13   North Queensland Cowboys 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville Lost 16-46 Cory Denniss, Jake Mamo, Lachlan Fitzgibbon Trent Hodkinson (2/3) 14,651
11 June 14   New Zealand Warriors Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 14-50 Sione Mata'utia, Brendan Elliot Trent Hodkinson (3/3) 12,222
16-20 June 15 Bye
25 June 16   St. George Illawarra Dragons Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 18-30 Mitchell Barnett, Sione Mata'utia, Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (3/3) 13,777
3 July 17   Canberra Raiders GIO Stadium, Canberra Lost 25-29 (GP) Sione Mata'utia, Korbin Sims, Jake Mamo, Peter Mata'utia Trent Hodkinson (4/5) (1FG) 9,731
7-11 July 18 Bye
17 July 19   Melbourne Storm Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 16-20 Jake Mamo 2, Brendan Elliot Trent Hodkinson (2/3) 10,748
24 July 20   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla Lost 4-36 Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (0/1) 16,882
31 July 21   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Manly Lost 16-36 Peter Mata'utia, David Bhana, Brendan Elliot Trent Hodkinson (2/3) 11,222
6 August 22   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 14-28 Brendan Elliot 2 Trent Hodkinson (3/3) 13,318
14 August 23   Penrith Panthers Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 6-42 Brendan Elliot Trent Hodkinson (1/1) 13,771
20 August 24   Gold Coast Titans Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 6-26 Nathan Ross Trent Hodkinson (1/1) 10,960
28 August 25   South Sydney Rabbitohs Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Lost 12-34 Dylan Phythian, Jake Mamo Trent Hodkinson (1/1), Jeremy Smith (1/1) 15,212
3 September 26   St. George Illawarra Dragons Jubilee Oval, Kogarah Lost 26-28 Mitchell Barnett, Dane Gagai, Peter Mata'utia, Nathan Ross, Jacob Saifiti Trent Hodkinson (3/5) 8,726
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

StatisticsEdit

Name Appearances Tries Goals Field Goals Points Captain Age
Chris Adams 5 0 0 0 0 0 30
Mitchell Barnett 9 2 0 0 8 0 22
David Bhana 7 1 0 0 4 0 23
Jack Cogger 6 0 0 0 0 0 19
Cory Denniss 7 3 0 0 12 0 19
Brendan Elliot 11 6 0 0 24 0 22
Jaelen Feeney 5 0 0 0 0 0 22
Lachlan Fitzgibbon 5 1 0 0 4 0 22
Dane Gagai 22 3 0 0 12 0 25
Trent Hodkinson 23 1 47 1 99 23 28
Josh King 12 0 0 0 0 0 21
Brock Lamb 3 0 0 0 0 0 19
Danny Levi 18 0 0 0 0 0 21
Jake Mamo 13 5 0 0 20 0 22
Sam Mataora 20 2 0 0 8 0 26
Chanel Mata'utia 1 0 0 0 0 0 24
Pat Mata'utia 14 2 0 0 8 0 23
Peter Mata'utia 11 3 0 0 12 0 26
Sione Mata'utia 16 4 0 0 16 0 20
Jarrod Mullen 14 0 0 0 0 0 29
Mickey Paea 15 0 0 0 0 0 30
Pauli Pauli 15 1 0 0 4 0 22
Will Pearsall 3 0 0 0 0 0 21
Dylan Phythian 2 1 0 0 4 0 21
Tyler Randell 18 1 0 0 4 0 24
Robbie Rochow 8 0 0 0 0 0 26
Nathan Ross 19 9 0 0 36 0 28
Daniel Saifiti 20 1 0 0 4 0 20
Jacob Saifiti 18 2 0 0 8 0 20
Korbin Sims 22 3 0 0 12 0 24
Tariq Sims 8 0 0 0 0 8 26
Jeremy Smith 21 0 1 0 2 21 36
Kade Snowden 1 0 0 0 0 0 30
Jack Stockwell 6 0 0 0 0 0 24
Akuila Uate 10 1 0 0 4 0 29
Totals 24 52 48 1 305 - Average: 24

35 players used.

Source:[43]

Representative honoursEdit

The following players appeared in a representative match in 2016.

Australian Schoolboys

Fiji

Indigenous All Stars

Junior Kiwis

Malta

New South Wales Country

New South Wales Residents

New South Wales under-16s

New South Wales under-18s

New South Wales under-20s

New Zealand

Tonga

World All Stars

Individual honoursEdit

Teams and squadsEdit

Emerging Blues Camp

New South Wales Under-20s Origin Pathways Camp

Queensland Academy of Sport Emerging Origin Squad


Newcastle Knights awardsEdit

Player of the YearEdit

  • National Rugby League (NRL) Player of the Year: Dane Gagai
  • Intrust Super Premiership NSW Player of the Year: Luke Yates
  • National Youth Competition (NYC) Player of the Year: Nick Meaney

Players' PlayerEdit

Coach's AwardEdit

  • National Rugby League (NRL) Coach's Award: Nathan Ross
  • Intrust Super Premiership NSW Coach's Award: Uiti Baker
  • National Youth Competition (NYC) Coach's Award: Joe Morris

Brian Carlson Club-Andrew Johns MedalEdit

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