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Controversy Rules the Knight
A much anticipated match between these two team, and the Knights have managed to secure the win by 24-18
The first half break had the Knights 7-1 up on the penalty count, but the Eels 18-14 up on the scoreboard.
The first try in the match did not appear until the 20th min, with the Eels scoring first. Tries alternated throughout the half, neither team achieving an advantage. Ryan (pictured) scoring a beautiful try close to the line.
With a very even game, the promise of a close second half was shattered when Bill Harrigan, after continuously warning the Eels about the play of the ball, sent 3 Eels players consecutively to the sin bin.
Although the remaining players played their hearts out, it was only a matter of time until the Knights started to get points up.
With the Knights scoring two tries to put them in the lead, Buettner (Eels) was sent for his second stint in the bin, this time for dissent.
The game ended with the Knights winning 24-18, not a satisfiying win I'm sure, considering the events of the second half.
League Unlimited Players of the Match:
3. Simpson (Knights) 2. Parsons (Knights) 1. Drew (Eels)
7:30PM, Sun 05 July 2002 Energy Australia Stadium. Crowd 21,823 Referee: W Harrigan Knights 24 - Eels 18 Newcastle Knights (Tries: Rudder, Buderus, Tahu, Hughes. Goals: Johns 4/5) Parramatta Eels (Tries: Donald, Ryan, McFadden. Goals: Hodgson 1/1, Burt 2/3)