Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
5 days ago
Newcastle grabbed two late tries to get home 30-18 against the Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.
Captain Danny Buderus led the way for the Knights with some probing runs from dummy half and stiff defence.
The Cowboys got the scoring underway with a try to winger Ben Farrar in the fourth minute, Farrar had to do plenty of work to get the ball down and nearly lost it in the process. Johnathan Thurston missed the conversion from out wide and Cowboys led 4-0.
Farrar made a break down the wing in the very next set only to be tackled into touch by Knights winger James McManus. The Knights then had possession from the scrum and made inroads into the Cowboys defence.
A penalty five metres out from the Cowboys line gave the Knights a chance to hit back before Adam MacDougall losing the ball only metres out from the goal line.
The Cowboys then turned it over and gave the Knights another opportunity. Knights captain Danny Buderus threw a no look flick pass to second rower Chris Houston to the score, Kurt Gidley Converted and it was the Knights in front 6-4.
The Cowboys had a chance to get the lead back when Mark Henry pounced on a kick, but his right leg was on the touch in-goal as he grounded the ball and the Video Referee Tim Mander had no choice but to put five letters in red on the big screen.
The Knights extended their lead just before half time with a try to replacement Matt Hilder, it was very poor defence from the Cowboys and Hilder only had to push away from Shane Tronc to score. Gidley converted and the half time score was 12-4 in favor of the visitors.
The second half didn