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Next Game: The Season has finished
Panthers' Griffin rejects Martin NRL exit
20 May 2017
Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has addressed speculation out-of-favour playmaker Te Maire Martin is unwanted by the club.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has moved to sit down with out-of-favour playmaker Te Maire Martin amid speculation the NRL club are on the hunt for Melbourne star Cooper Cronk.

Rumours of the club's pursuit of Cronk surfaced not long after Martin was dropped to reserve grade in round eight.

The New Zealand international was immediately linked with a mid-season move to the Wests Tigers and the Warriors.

However, ahead of his team's clash on Sunday with Newcastle, Griffin dismissed any chase for the Australian and Queensland halfback.

"A lot of the stuff that's in the paper, particularly the Cooper Cronk stuff, we understand it's just not true," Griffin said on Saturday.

"It sells papers and I understand the media's got its own agenda there. It's a good story but, within our club and with our team, we understand those things are always around."

Griffin promised Martin a NRL recall, should his form demand it in the NSW Cup, where he will play in a curtain-raiser to the first-grade fixture at McDonald Jones Stadium.

"I spoke to Te Maire this week about where he is with us," he said.

"Obviously, with halfbacks moving around and player managers dealing with other clubs, there's always speculation.

"But Te Maire's playing tomorrow in the NSW Cup and, if he plays well, that'll be great for him and the club and it'll get him closer back to playing first grade with us."

The Panthers will again rely on makeshift playmaker Bryce Cartwright to partner Nathan Cleary in the halves against the Knights, as they hope to build on the back of last week's historic comeback win over the Warriors.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak that had the pre-season title favourites on the ropes and facing a stiff climb back into top-eight contention, let alone be considered premiership material.

Griffin backed Cartwright to do the job at five-eighth, and hosed down suggestions he was considering pulling skipper Matt Moylan out of fullback and into the frontline.

"Bryce is our five-eighth - he was our five-eighth last year. He's not immune to that position," he said.

"The way we play, Matt obviously gets a lot of first and second-receiver ball.

"He's done a terrific job at fullback the last few weeks. He was close to our best last week, the way he defended their kicking game and his injection in attack and effort in defence. I thought it was a real captain's knock from him."

The Panthers take on a Knights side also buoyed by their last-start upset of Canberra to end their seven-game losing run.

Winger Nathan Ross is a confirmed scratching after his public call for a contract upgrade during the week, with Brendan Elliot called up in his place.

Earlier this year, the Panthers smashed the Knights 40-0 in round four.

STATS THAT MATTER:

* The Panthers have won five of their past six matches against the Knights, scoring at least 30 points and conceding 12 or less

* Penrith have been outscored a combined 74-8 in the first halves of their past four matches

* Penrith are looking for back-to-back wins at McDonald Jones Stadium for the first time since 1990-91


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Last Game: The Knights won against the South Sydney 42 - 28 at Energy Australia Stadium, Australia (5133 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


2003 NRL LADDER
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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