Knights seal fifth with defeat of Panthers
Newcastle have jumped to fifth on the NRL ladder following a solid victory over Penrith at Centrebet Stadium this afternoon in front of 10,240 fans.
A relatively even first half saw Penrith strike first through a bizarrely awarded try - Dean Whare dotted down in the corner and while replays appeared to show the centre's other hand to have touched the sideline, the video referees ruled it wasn't enough to overturn the on-field referees' TRY call, and the home side drew first blood.
Both sides then continued with stuttering attacking chances, errors and discipline costing each team before Akuila Uate bustled through the Panthers defence to get the visitors on the board.
Penrith kicked a penalty goal ten minutes prior to halftime, which was then negated by a Newcastle try right on halftime, Darius Boyd marching his side up the field with a great break before backing up to burst through defenders himself. Newcastle then took a 10-8 lead to the break, and they were never headed after that.
The Knights started the second half with Craig Gower scoring in the 49th minute, backed up by Akuila Uate's second four-pointer in the 59th. From there Penrith's head seemed to drop, as did plenty of ball in their attempts to recapture their first half form.
Kade Snowden sealed the game for Newcastle with ten minutes remaining with a bustling try close to the line, with each side trading tries late in the game, including a bizarre try to Penrith forward Clint Newton.
Newton was the standout for Penrith, making plenty of positive runs, while Newcastle's standouts included Maroons rep Darius Boyd, Akuila Uate and centre Dane Gagai.
Newcastle head home to host the Sydney Roosters next Sunday, while Penrith have another Sunday 2pm clash lined up, this one at Remondis Stadium against fellow 1967 competition entrants Cronulla-Sutherland.
Penrith Panthers 14 Newcastle Knights 32
Venue: Penrith Stadium
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 10-8
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Darius Boyd
2 points - Akuila Uate
1 point - Clint Newton
PENRITH PANTHERS (14)
Tries: Dean Whare, Clint Newton
Conversions: Luke Walsh (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Luke Walsh (1/1)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (32)
Tries: Akuila Uate (2), Darius Boyd, Craig Gower, Kade Snowden, Neville Costigan
Conversions: Tyrone Roberts (3/5), James Roberts (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. James Roberts 18. Wes Naiqama 4. Dean Whare 5. Dave Simmons 6. Isaac John 7. Luke Walsh 8. Mose Masoe 9. Kevin Kingston (c) 10. Tim Grant 11. Clint Newton 12. Lewis Brown 13. Adam Docker
Interchange: 14. James Segeyaro 15. Cam Ciraldo 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Ryan Simpkins
Knights: 1. Darius Boyd 2. James McManus 3. Dane Gagai 4. Joey Leilua 5. Akuila Uate 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Danny Buderus 10. Willie Mason 11. Robbie Rochow 12. Beau Scott 13. Jeremy Smith
Interchange: 14. Craig Gower 15. Chris Houston 16. Neville Costigan 19. David Fa'alogo
TEAM CHANGES - just the one for each side. Penrith lose Brad Tighe with Wes Naiqama coming into the centres. For Newcastle, Korbin Sims drops off the bench, with David Fa'alogo returning from injury.
Sunny but chilly afternoon at Centrebet greets the teams and a fair crowd as well, Newcastle out first in their predominantly white strip. Penrith follow, wearing black.
Earlier today, Penrith defeated Newcastle 30-4 in the Holden Cup Under 20's clash.
Now it's time for a minute's silence following the passing overnight of Penrith's first coach, Leo Travena.
We are UNDERWAY, Newcastle with the ball first.
2 min: PENALTY Knights, hands on the ruck from Penrith.
5 min: Newcastle spill the ball near halfway. Penrith scrum.
9 min: A Panthers error inside their own half, James Roberts spinning out of several tackles before losing control of the ball. Knights scrum 35m out.
13 min: Perfectly weighted kick from the Panthers sees Darius Boyd trapped in goal for the Knights. Drop-out coming.
15 min: VIDEO REFEREE for a possible Penrith try. Checking grounding in the corner for Dean Whare.
16 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Dean Whare. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Well what's happened here? All replays indicated that Whare's non-scoring hand had made contact with the ground outside the field of play... but they award it anyway! Walsh converts from the touchline.
Penrith Panthers 6-0
18 min: PENALTY Panthers, Newcastle ruled offside as Penrith were coming out of their own end.
21 min: Newcastle away down the right... Gagai flicks it inside for Uate who drops it cold. Penrith scrum on their own 30m.
25 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Akuila Uate. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.
Sheer speed, size and power sees Uate with a blistering break down the right touchline, he steps and fends several defenders to score just metres in from touch. Tyrone Roberts misses across the face.
Penrith Panthers 6-4
26 min: Oh dear. Matt Moylan's kickoff for Penrith has gone out on the full. Knights PENALTY on halfway.
30 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL PENRITH PANTHERS
Penalty goal attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Back-to-back penalties for Penrith, they're in striking distance for the second one so they have a stab at two more... Walsh nails it.
Penrith Panthers 8-4
34 min: Newcastle with some attacking field position here, a chance to level the scores looming...
35 min: Last tackle cross-field kick misses everyone jumping for it... Houston can't stop it going into touch, and knocks it forward anyway. Penrith scrum.
38 min: PENALTY Knights with just over two minutes left in the half. They attack inside Penrith's 20m.
39 min: VIDEO REFEREE possible Knights TRY to Darius Boyd, checking some sort of obstruction.
39 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Darius Boyd. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
After helping his side get up into attacking position, Boyd slices through the line with a great fend to score just before halftime. Roberts converts for a halftime lead for his side.
Newcastle Knights 10-8
HALFTIME at Centrebet, a relatively even first half sees Newcastle edge slightly in front of Penrith. Anyone's game in the second forty - join us shortly.
41 min: Both sides return to the park and the Panthers will have first possession.
43 min: Penalty Knights to start the half. Moylan wraps up the fifth tackle kick though, Panthers come away with it.
46 min: Lewis Brown breaks through, looks to find James Roberts but the ball is forward. Knights scrum.
48 min: VIDEO REFEREE possible Knights TRY to Craig Gower. Checking grounding & dead ball line.
49 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Craig Gower. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
Craig Gower's won the race to a well-weighted grubber and grounded it with his torso! Roberts converts.
Newcastle Knights 16-8
52 min: Newcastle with a repeat set on Penrith's line. They could put the game out of reach with a try here...
54 min: Penrith's Mose Masoe is ON REPORT for a shoulder charge that has left Robbie Rochow the worse for wear. Rochow's been assisted from the field. Newcastle PENALTY>
57 min: VIDEO REFEREE possible Knights TRY to Uate. Checking a possible Gagai knock on in an aerial contest just prior...
58 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Akuila Uate. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.
Gagai fields the ball from a cross-field kick, gets it away to the right and Uate has the space to score. Roberts misses.
Newcastle Knights 20-8
63 min: Penrith playing some panic footy after earning a penalty to put them on the attack, eventually Segeyaro spills his lollies and Newcastle come away with it
67 min: Time running out for Penrith. Lewis Brown now ON REPORT.
69 min: David Simmons trapped in goal, forcing a line dropout. Newcastle can put the game to bed here.
71 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Kade Snowden. Conversion attempt by James Roberts successful.
Kade Snowden caps a superb performance by barging over for the match-sealing try. Roberts converts.
Newcastle Knights 26-8
77 min: VIDEO REFEREE possible Panthers TRY to Clint Newton, checking the whole thing here...
78 min: TRY PENRITH PANTHERS
Scored by Clint Newton. Conversion attempt by Luke Walsh successful.
Well, that's the messiest try in league history. The ball goes flying out the back, it eventually gets to Cameron Ciraldo who fends off a few down the right before putting in the lightest of grubbers... he kick again and Clint Newton chases it through to get the lightest of groundings on it. Walsh converts from out wide.
Newcastle Knights 26-14
80 min: TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Neville Costigan. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.
Newcastle get the ball back from the kickoff... and there it is, Costigan scores a few plays later. Roberts converts.
Newcastle Knights 32-14
FULLTIME at Centrebet Stadium, the Knights have soundly beaten Penrith with a commanding second half perfomance.