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Round 13 - Sunday 8th June @ 02:00pm
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Round 13 - Sunday 8th June @ 02:00pm
KNIGHTS vs. TIGERS
Hunter Stadium
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L: 0
H-T: 10
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The Tigers have held on to win this game. It was a brave effort from the Knights. Their completion rate was great, but they just couldn't get the win. In the end it was Pat Richards who was the difference, with his kicking game and goal kicking putting his team in front.

Wests Tigers 23-20

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The Knights send the ball out to the left looking for Uate again, but they throw a forward pass.

Wests Tigers 23-20

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The Knights have declined the kick - so they will remain 3 points behind.

Wests Tigers 23-20

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Akuila Uate. Kick to come.

Well, perhaps the Knights aren't out of it. Uate sprints down the left side of the field after a mistake from the Tigers. He beats Bodene Thompson, and Tedesco is not quick enough to stop him. The Knights now trail by 3 with 2.30 remaining.

Wests Tigers 23-20

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Gagai attempts a grubber in behind the line, but drops it cold and the Tigers come up with it.

Wests Tigers 23-16

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Woods makes a massive break down field.

Wests Tigers 23-16

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Darius Boyd sets the ball up for McManus, and the Knights almost make a break. On the last, Roberts kicks down the fullback's throat. Gidley is back on the field.

Wests Tigers 23-16

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Wasted set from the Knights. The Tigers run their set through, and then kick for the sideline, just looking to run down the clock.

Wests Tigers 23-16

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The Knights get a new set of six only metres from the Tigers line.

Wests Tigers 23-16

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WESTS TIGERS
Conversion attempt by Pat Richards successful.

Richards puts another one over the dot, and the Tigers lead by 7 points.

Wests Tigers 23-16

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TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Chris Lawrence. Kick to come.

James Tedesco puts together another piece of brilliance now. He finds Chris Lawrence out wide, and the Knights simply didn't have enough numbers to make the tackle.

Wests Tigers 21-16

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SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL WESTS TIGERS
Field goal attempt by Pat Richards successful.

snaps a field goal! He had no right to kick that, from the sideline and under extreme pressure. But he kicked it. Tigers take the lead.

Wests Tigers 17-16

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The Tigers make three quarters of a break, but a desperation ankle tap from Willie Mason sees the player dragged down. Some schoolyard rubbish play sees the Tigers toss the ball around, before the ball finds its way back to Richards, who...

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL WESTS TIGERS
Penalty goal attempt by Pat Richards successful.

Pat Richards kicks the penalty goal from the resulting penalty, and it's now 13 v 12.

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Kurt Gidley has been sent to the sin bin for a professional foul. The Tigers have kicked down field and came up with a 40/20. They opted for the quick tap, but Kurt Gidley ran into the back of the Tigers' player when running back onside.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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Newcastle's defense is looking very solid in this second half so far.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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More injury news, Liam Fulton has failed a concussion test and will not be back.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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And at the opposite end of the field, the Tigers are penalised for the same thing.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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The Tigers get piggy backed out of their own half, as Uate is penalised for tackling Nofoaluma in the air.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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Good defense from Mullen and the Tigers knock the ball on.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Roberts makes no mistake with the conversion.

Newcastle Knights 16-14

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Akuila Uate. Kick to come.

And now Akuila Uate breaks the record for the Knight's all-time leading tryscorer. The Knights spread the ball left, and some nice work from Roberts sends Uate over in the corner.

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The Knights make a huge break now. Darius Boyd makes a break down field on counter-attack, before giving the ball to Dane Gagai who ran another 30 metres.

Wests Tigers 14-10

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We've got a injury here at the moment. Chris Lawrence is on the ground with what looks like a leg injury. He's attempting to get back to his feet, but he's struggling.

Wests Tigers 14-10

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The Knights kicking game is looking pretty good today - there's been a few occasions where the Knight's long kicking has forced the Tigers to start from very deep within their own half.

Wests Tigers 14-10

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Blake Austin attempts a 40/20, but the ball bounces the wrong way, and the Knights field in easily.

Wests Tigers 14-10

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Injury update - Braith Anasta has passed his concussion test and will return this afternoon. Curtis Sironen however is out of it, and will not be back. For the Knights, Leilua will not be back this afternoon due to a throat injury. Beau Scott will move to the centres to replace him.

Wests Tigers 14-10

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WESTS TIGERS
Conversion attempt by Pat Richards successful.

Richards converts his own try with no worries at all.

Wests Tigers 14-10

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TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Pat Richards. Kick to come.

No problem there as far as the video referee is concerned. Pat Richards gets his eighth try of the season.

Wests Tigers 12-10

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We're going to the video referee, but it looks like a try to the Tigers. We're just checking if there was any interference. The Knights fail to number up on their men out wide. Dane Gagai crept inside way too far, and didn't leave himself time to correct it. Should be a try.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Two restarted sets in a row for the Tigers. Rochow attempted an intercept after a loose Brooks pass, but couldn't take it cleanly.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Korbin Sims looks to have injured an arm in a tackle.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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We're back underway in the second half.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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After a massive first 10 minutes for the Tigers, the Knights fought their way back into the game, and lead by two at halftime. The Knights will be looking to speed things up around the ruck in the second half, while the Tigers will be using their second phase play and clever kicking game to keep the Knights under the pump.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Last play of the half, and Pat Richards puts up a sky high bomb, looking to put some pressure on the Knights. The ball bounces dead.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Another long ball from Boyd towards Uate, who steps back in field looking for a try. He's dragged down just short of the tryline though.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Horrible pass from Robbie Farah, and the Knights intercept it.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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The referee rules a line drop out after a bomb from the Knights is knocked dead - but the video referee overrules, and the Tigers will instead take a 20m tap.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Penalty to Newcastle, and Jarrod Mullen kicks his side out of trouble.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Brooks kicks in field now towards Tedesco. Bit of terror for the Knights, but they manage to take the ball safely, eventually.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Curtis Sironen has just been knocked out after Kade Snowden hits him high in the chin. He's only just come on the field, but he'll be helped straight back off again.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Roberts kicks in behind the defensive line, and Richards only just manages to tidy it up.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Taupau has been placed on report for a swinging arm, after a report from the touch judge.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Bit of a scuffle breaks out. Buderus is on the field as trainer issuing instructions to Jarrod Mullen.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Farah milks a penalty from the Knights, and the Tigers will attack from just beyond halfway.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Clydesdale takes the field now, as Kurt Gidley takes a break. This should increase the speed around the ruck for the Knights.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Roberts puts a grubber through on the last, but Tedesco read it brilliantly.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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McManus down the right sideline - he's dragged down, but the Knights are still on attack.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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Another massive kick-off from Richards drops down on the 20 metre line. Boyd takes it well, admirably protected by several of his teammates.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

The Knights take the lead, after Roberts converts his own try.

Newcastle Knights 10-8

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Tyrone Roberts. Kick to come.

And it's a TRY! Ever the opportunist, Roberts plants the loose ball down, and the Knights tie things up.

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Mullen kicks high on the last. Braith Anasta leaps high and takes the kick, before having his legs taken out from underneath him by his own teammate and drops the ball. Anasta stays down, but Roberts has claimed a try. Video referee decision pending.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Drop out from the Tigers, and the Knights will get yet another set attacking the Tigers line.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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The Tigers bat the ball over the dead ball line from a Tyrone Roberts kick. Leilua is receiving attention for some form of injury, but I'm not sure what for.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Three penalties in a row against the Tigers now, and the referee pulls Farah out to have a chat.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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The Knights heavy on attack now - it's the first tackle and the Knights are only 15 metres out from the Tigers line.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Brooks pushes a pass, but it goes to ground and Tyrone Roberts swoops on it.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Fa'alogo penalised now - he came up with the tackled player still wrapped up after the tackle was completed.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Mullen kicks high on the last, but Nofoaluma isn't really put under any pressure and the Tigers defuse the situation.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Boyd having a good game so far - big kick return there, hard and fast right into Taupau awaiting him.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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The Knights send the ball out to the right this time. Gagai attempts to keep the ball alive on the last, but it winds up in Richards' arms.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Rookie error from the Tigers now. Bodene Thompson was in front of the kicker from the kick-off, and the Knights get a penalty on halfway.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.

Roberts attempts to add the extras, but pushes the ball off to the left.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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And with that try Uate joins Timana Tahu as the top try scorer for the Newcastle Knights. Kick to come.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Akuila Uate. Kick to come.

The Knights spread the ball out to the left of the field now, and an amazing long ball from Boyd hits Uate on the chest and he dives over for a try.

Wests Tigers 8-4

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Interesting penalty here - with the Tigers pinged for not packing into the scrum correctly.

Wests Tigers 8-0

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Richards fumbles the ball, and it goes off into touch. Knights with an attacking opportunity now.

Wests Tigers 8-0

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The Knights kick off down field towards Anasta, who hands the ball off to Galloway for the hitup.

Wests Tigers 8-0

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SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL WESTS TIGERS
Penalty goal attempt by Pat Richards successful.

And once again Richards adds 2 points. The Knights are really struggling so far in this game.

Wests Tigers 8-0

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Another penalty against the Knights, this time for not getting off the tackled player fast enough. The Tigers opt for the kick.

Wests Tigers 6-0

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Terrible kick chase from the Knights. Nofoaluma takes a pass from Tedesco near his own line, before running the ball almost 80 metres down field. Desperate defence from the Knights - second tackle and the Tigers are already in attacking position.

Wests Tigers 6-0

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The Tigers are creating all sorts of headaches for the Knights so far in this game, offloading almost at will. The offload count stands at 8-0 already, and the Knights big men are blowing.

Wests Tigers 6-0

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Not a great last tackle option from Brooks. Mullen cleans up the ball, and the Knights will start their set from near halfway.

Wests Tigers 6-0

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Lawrence almost away now. He runs down the left edge before being dragged down desperately by Gagai.

Wests Tigers 6-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WESTS TIGERS
Conversion attempt by Pat Richards successful.

Richards has no trouble with the conversion from just left of the posts. Tigers lead by six early in this game.

Wests Tigers 6-0

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TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by James Tedesco. Kick to come.

Second phase play for the Tigers, and only a few plays later Tedesco steps his way to the line.

Wests Tigers 4-0

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Big run for Woods, who stands and offloads in the tackle.

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First penalty of the game goes against the Knights for not being square at marker. The Tigers kick for touch and will use the football from 40 metres out from the Knights line.

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The Tigers chasing their hand with some passes now, and Simona makes a half break down the right of the field.

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Brooks kicks into the in-goal on the last, but Boyd is there to clean up the ball. Let off for the Knights.

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Richards puts up a sky high kick off to start the game. Tedesco chases hard, and pinches the ball. Great start for the Tigers.

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Only moments away from kick-off now. The Tigers will kick off to the Knights to start the match.

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Bit of a shower here just before kick-off. Should make the handling of both sides a bit more interesting.

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Welcome to Hunter Stadium this afternoon for this clash between the Newcastle Knights and the Wests Tigers. The Knights will be looking to snag a win, to break their 5 game losing streak.

For the Knights, David Fa'alogo comes into the starting lineup, with Kade Snowden dropping back to the bench. Tigers, and Seumanufagai drops off the extended bench.

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Referees: Ashley Klein, Alan Shortall

Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Anthony Elliott

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Luke Phillips

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (20)
Tries: Akuila Uate (3), Tyrone Roberts
Field Goals:
Conversions: Tyrone Roberts (2/3)
Penalty Goals:

WESTS TIGERS (23)
Tries: James Tedesco, Pat Richards, Chris Lawrence
Field Goals: Pat Richards (1/1)
Conversions: Pat Richards (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Pat Richards (2/2)



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