Legends praise ‘beast’ Knight’s remarkable year


Newcastle may have lost one of its key players early in the year, but that hasn’t stopped off-season recruit Millie Boyle from being every bit as good as expected.

“She’s a beast,” Allana Ferguson said on Wide World of Sports’ NRLWrap. 

“You know what you’re going to get from Millie. You’re going to get a really hard worker through the middle.”

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The Knights have enjoyed a solid campaign so far, with just a narrow loss to the Roosters blemishing their perfect season – although they’ve had to do most of it without gun forward Hannah Southwell, who tore her ACL in the season opener.

It left Boyle, among others, to really make her presence felt. 

“She’s really had to step up,” Ferguson said of the reigning Dally M Medallist.

“They were such a great team in the way that they could work through the middle of the field for the Knights, because they’re both workhorses.

“I just thought Hannah Southwell added a lot to Millie’s game, to be able to have those two players that are very similar.

“Millie’s taken on almost an extra role, and extra responsibility through the middle.”

Boyle joined Newcastle from Brisbane after a stellar time in Red Hill, where she was named co-player of the year alongside Emma Tonegato at the Dally M awards.

There’s a remote chance of Newcastle winning, the Roosters losing a massive for and against swing, but for all intents and purposes, this weekend’s match between the Dragons and Knights will be a tune-up for next week, when the two sides meet again in the finals.

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“I’ve sort of earmarked this game as one to really keep an eye on,” Ruan Sims said of Sunday’s clash – part of a triple header in Gosford.

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“This one is potentially two grand final contenders.”

The Dragons clinched a finals berth with a golden point thriller against the Broncos last week – with Rachael Pearson sealing it with a one-pointer.

“Pearson can ice a game beautifully, she moves the team around the park nicely, off the back of a forward pack that has significant go-forward,” Sims said.

“It’ll be a really tight and physical game, I think.” 

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