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Why 2021 will be Ponga’s toughest year yet

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It’s been a tough season for the Knights, but once the game starts up again they have a team that can do a lot of damage.

RECRUITMENT: The Knights have slowly but surely improved their squad every year since the tough times of the past few years and have done well again, with figures like Tyson Frizell (Dragons), Blake Green (Warriors) and Sauaso Sue (Bulldogs) roster already impressive.

STRONG POINTS: The big pack of attackers and Mitch Pearce and Kalyn Ponga throw the shots back. Gives them punching power throughout the park and the ability to beat anyone the same day.

WEAKNESSES: Adam O’Brien will be looking for more combat from his troops when they hang out at halftime. Last season, they were seven times behind at the interval – and didn’t come back to win one.

MAN UNDER PRESSURE: After hitting the NRL like a tornado in his first season at the Knights, defenses are starting to work on Ponga. He’s still a class act and a game-breaker, but he’s going to have a harder time working his magic this season.

A LOOK AHEAD: Bradman Best is still just 19 but has quickly established himself as one of the NRL’s top hitting centers in 2020. It should get better and better.

WHAT THE BOOKIES ARE SAYING: Winning $ 21 for the final, $ 2.04 for the final (via Sportsbet) WHAT MOLEY SAYS: A well-rounded squad with lots of depth and good young talent to come – and a coach who will better in his second campaign. Linked finals.

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