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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Ponga answers critics over halves switch


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Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga answered critics over his switch to the halves with his defensive prowess against the Sharks.

"He's a superstar," Brad Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show of the Knights no.6.

"The thing I see in Kalyn more than anything is his defence. He rocks them. I remember in Origin when he came in, his defence, he rocks them. He defended in the middle the first time he came out, he was outstanding.

"Everything he does with the ball, he's a superstar."

Former State of Origin enforcer Sam Thaiday said Ponga made a statement in Friday's 14-8 NRL season-opening win.

"You're right on his defence, he is very, very tough," Thaiday said.

"That was a huge question, whether or not he's be strong enough in that front line."

NRL Highlights: Knights v Sharks - Round 1

Rugby league legend Peter Sterling said Mitchell Pearce did most of the heavy lifting however, and wanted to see Ponga inject himself into the game a little more as the season goes on.

"Kalyn had 22 touches, Mitchell Piearce 52," Sterling said.

"They need to even that out a little bit more.

"But it's round one, he's going to find his way. He said himself that after this game he was ball watching to some degree."

Brown fires shot at Gallen

After the game on Friday, Knights coach Nathan Brown seemed quietly pleased that the pressure on his halves Pearce and Ponga was relieved a bit by standout performances by other members of their squad.

"I was just happy we won a game when Kalyn Ponga and Pearcy weren't the star players," Brown said.

"If we came here tonight and said we were going to win and Pearcey and Kalyn weren't going to be in the best three or four players, everyone would have laughed at us."

Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga answered critics over his switch to the halves with his defensive prowess against the Sharks.

"He's a superstar," Brad Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show of the Knights no.6.

"The thing I see in Kalyn more than anything is his defence. He rocks them. I remember in Origin when he came in, his defence, he rocks them. He defended in the middle the first time he came out, he was outstanding.

"Everything he does with the ball, he's a superstar."

Former State of Origin enforcer Sam Thaiday said Ponga made a statement in Friday's 14-8 NRL season-opening win.

"You're right on his defence, he is very, very tough," Thaiday said.

"That was a huge question, whether or not he's be strong enough in that front line."

NRL Highlights: Knights v Sharks - Round 1

Rugby league legend Peter Sterling said Mitchell Pearce did most of the heavy lifting however, and wanted to see Ponga inject himself into the game a little more as the season goes on.

"Kalyn had 22 touches, Mitchell Piearce 52," Sterling said.

"They need to even that out a little bit more.

"But it's round one, he's going to find his way. He said himself that after this game he was ball watching to some degree."

Brown fires shot at Gallen

After the game on Friday, Knights coach Nathan Brown seemed quietly pleased that the pressure on his halves Pearce and Ponga was relieved a bit by standout performances by other members of their squad.

"I was just happy we won a game when Kalyn Ponga and Pearcy weren't the star players," Brown said.

"If we came here tonight and said we were going to win and Pearcey and Kalyn weren't going to be in the best three or four players, everyone would have laughed at us."

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