The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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The North Sydney Jersey Flegg side have defeated top 5 placed Newcastle in a nail biting finish at Baddeley Park, Cessnock.
Building on a strong showing against top placed Penrith last weekend, the talented young Bears put it together in the face of constant pressure from the Knights.
The first half was a dominant performance from the under strength side. The Knights attacked their right side for much of the first half but were met by an impenetrable force field of Mohammed Alhaje and Brent Millar teamed with Ricky Morris on the wing. Newcastle finally broke through on the edge for a 4 pointer to open the scoring.
But within minutes the game took a 180 degree turn when Bears five eighth Ricky Morris snatched the ball from the Knights attack and ran the length of the field to score and Mohammed Alhaje converted. The Bears forwards then set the platform as John Kaifoto broke through the Knights defense, running 30 metres to get the pill to Brett Smith to score. With Mohammed