IT was the fashion statement that left long-timeKnights fans shaking their heads in dismay.
Why didNewcastle wear white shorts and socks with their traditional red-and-blue home jerseys in Sunday’s season-opener against the Gold Coast?
One rumour surfaced that their white alternatejerseys were in transit after needing to be “re-branded” with a sponsor’s logo.
But according to Knights CEO Matt Gidley, the decision came down from NRL management, who ruled that bothNewcastle’s kits would clash with Gold Coast’s blue home strip.Thus a compromise was reached, and for the first time in Newcastle’s history, they were not wearing blue shorts with their red-and-blue jerseys.
It will be interesting to see if the same mix-and-match combination is used when the Knights play the Bulldogs.
* ONCE a Knight, always a Knight.That certainly seems to be the case for former Newcastle halfback Tyrone Roberts, who popped into Coolangatta airportto spend time with his ex-teammates before their flighthome.
Roberts claimed bragging rights against the club that off-loaded him last season, directing Gold Coast around the field, kicking five goals and even crunching Jarrod Mullen ina jolting tackle.
* VERSATILE Tyler Randell dispelled any doubts about his ability to play 80 minutes with aworkhorse defensive display against Gold Coast.
For the first time in his career, Randell was on the field from kick-off until full-time.
He made 62 tackles –more than any other player in the NRL last weekend –and gained 53 metres in attack for good measure.
Danny Levi’s inclusion on anextended bench suggests they might share the dummy-half duties against Souths on Saturday.