The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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An ever twisting and turning match has seen the Newcastle Knights snatch a late 18-14 win over the Cronulla Sharks in front of just over 11,000 fans at Remondis Stadium.
The opening 40 minutes was an absolute armwrestle with both sides not being able to gain too much of the advantage on their opponents.
The Sharks were the team most likely to score in the early stages of the match, and with the pressure they mounted, Andrew Fifita was the recipient of some good skill by the Sharks to keep the ball alive.
The Sharks could not continue their pressure, and although they had the possession they could not turn it into points.
Even with all the pressure the Sharks had, it was the Knights who managed to get on the scoreboard from there through some good strength by Dane Gagai. The knights took the lead right on the stroke of halftime after Kurt Gidley slotted a penalty goal following a penalty against Cronulla whilst in possession.
The second half began with a scoring flurry with both the Sharks through Wade Graham and the Knights through Tyrone Roberts managing to score to bring the scores level at 12-12.
For the next 20 minutes the game was a continuation of the arm-wrestle that it was in the second half with some strong goal line defence prevent the enterprising attack from the opposition.
The Knights did go across the tryline however they couldn