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Next Game: The Season has finished
Hodkinson no certainty for Knights return
23 Apr 2017
Trent Hodkinson's future at Newcastle remains uncertain after Knights coach Nathan Brown refused to elaborate on the dropped captain's situation.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown would not be drawn on the future of dropped halfback Trent Hodkinson in the aftermath of the Knights' NRL loss to North Queensland.

The former NSW No.7 was told he wasn't needed for the club's trip to Townsville on Saturday night, with Brown selecting second-rower Sione Mata'utia at halfback before bringing 22-year-old utility Jaelen Feeney into the role later in the game.

Brown's radical change appeared to work as the Knights skipped to a 12-10 halftime lead but Hodkinson's experience was missed in the second half as Newcastle slipped to a 24-14 defeat and a sixth straight loss for 2017.

Brown says he and his coaching staff would have an in-depth look at the Knights' efforts before making a call on whether the out-of-favour pivot will feature in round nine against the Titans.

"Like every week we will review the game and go from there," Brown said.

"We will work through a few things and we wanted to have a look at some things tonight.

"Lamby (Knights five-eighth Brock Lamb) obviously had a tough night but he's had his good days and his days where he's not so good.

"He's a 19-year-old half so he's obviously got a lot of things to look at in his game at the minute

"The thing with Sione starting and then Jaelen coming on around half time was looking really good and it would've been great if we could've had a lot more field position.

"We'll just have a look in our review and see where we go."

While Brown played a straight bat on Hodkinson, it is believed the 28-year-old is surplus to requirements at Newcastle as the club chase a big-name free agent to accelerate their rebuilding period.

Brown lauded his side's impressive first-half display and that wasn't the only highlight for him, with Knights-bound Cowboys teenager Kalyn Ponga scoring twice and earning man-of-the-match honours.

An injury to first-choice fullback Lachlan Coote has opened the door for Ponga to play extended minutes for North Queensland this season and Brown was thrilled to see the young star get more opportunities at the top level.

"It's quite clear why we targeted Kalyn and it's quite clear what he's going to bring to our club," he said.

"He came up with a couple of special plays and it's great to see him get the chance to play from our point of view.

"Obviously for the Cowboys they'd be pretty happy with how he went too."

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Last Game: The Knights won against the South Sydney 42 - 28 at Energy Australia Stadium, Australia (5099 days ago)  game results here
 Newcastle Knights Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 14 
    Away Wins 16 
 Home Games 12 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 61 
 Total Goals: 59 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 782 
 Total Points Against: 639 
 Leagues the Newcastle Knights are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Adam MacDougall, Andrew Johns, Anothony Quinn, Ben Kennedy, Bill Peden, Clinton Newton, Clinton O'Brien, Daniel Abraham, Danny Buderus, Jarrod O'Doherty, John Morris, Josh Perry, Mark Hughes, Matt Parsons, Matthew Gidley, Robbie O'Davis, Sean Rudder, Steve Simpson, Timana Tahu,

 Players in 2001
Ben Donaldson, Darren Albert, Glen Grief, James Wynne, Julian Bailey, Justin Ryder, Kurt Gidley, Matthew Jobson, Paul Marquet, Troy Fletcher,

 Players in 2000
Ben McDougall, David Fairleigh, Lenny Beckett, Matthew Johns, Peter Shiels, Tony Butterfield,

 Players in 1999
Brock Mueller, Jason Moodie, Justin Holbrook, Owen Craigie, P Rauhihi, Paul Harragon, Scott Conley, Steve Walters,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Newcastle 42
South Sydney 28

Saturday, 3 May, 2003
Melbourne 46
Newcastle 6

Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 34
Wests Tigers 6

Sunday, 20 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 32
Sharks 24

Friday, 11 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 12
Canterbury 6

Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 44
Melbourne 28

Friday, 28 Mar, 2003
Parramatta 30
Newcastle 12

Friday, 21 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 14
Newcastle 10

Sunday, 16 Mar, 2003
Newcastle 36
Warriors 26

Sunday, 22 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 38
Newcastle 12

Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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