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3:00pm Sun March 30, 2014
Round 4 - McDonald Jones Stadium, New Lambton - Crowd: 18196
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And that my friends is full time. Newcastle Knights have defeated the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 30-0. Thanks for joining me today and do keep an eye out for the match report which should be up soon. Until next time.

Newcastle Knights 30-0

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PENALTY - Sharks. Stripping penalty against Korbin Sims.

Newcastle Knights 30-0

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UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Korbin Sims makes an unforced error.

The debutant had a big Captain Cook at the defence and knocks on with the line beckoning. Unfortunate for the third Sims boy.

Newcastle Knights 30-0

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Chris Heighington is lifted and dumped (legally) and loses it. Knights with a scrum feed on their own 20.

Newcastle Knights 30-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.

Tyrone is unable to convert from touch.

Newcastle Knights 30-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Tyrone Roberts. Kick to come.

Scything effort from live-wire half Roberts. He shows and goes and sprints 30 metres to score in the left corner. Sensational effort.

Newcastle Knights 30-0

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Ooohh. Groan. The Sharks are taken into touch early in the count.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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And the video ref agrees. Contentious decision but it won't mean much in the grand scheme.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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VIDEO REF. Possible Knights try to Dane Gagai. On field decision is no try.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Nathan Stapleton makes an unforced error.

A promising backline move comes to naught as Nathan Stapleton loses the pill. Video ref is looking at whether Carney was taken out late as he has stayed down. Nothing in it. Play on.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Well the Knights lose it on attack as well. I'm trying to sell this game but it really has degenerated. Glad i'm not paying any money to watch it.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Goodness me the Sharks lose it coming out of their own end. Not much doing for the Sharks.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Leilua goes oh so close to his fourth again. He is just nabbed by the desperate defence. Pity for him.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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The intensity of this game has dropped markedly.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Well that didn't go well for the Sharkies. Long cutout to Jonathan Wright looked promising but he had to reach for it and couldn't handle.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Best chance for a try that is...

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Line dropout Knights. Best chance of the game for the Sharks.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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PENALTY - Sharks. Stripping penalty against Big Willie.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Leilua loses it after a strong run down the left. He was sniffing his fourth bit of meat there!!

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Sharks knock on near halfway not surprisingly as that was the very definition of a hospital pass to Wade Graham.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Injury to Michael Gordon who has left the field with a right knee complaint.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Mirror image of the Carney knock on as Michael Dobson gets through a gap close to the line but can't handle the seed and a Sharks scrum feed results.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Scrum feed Knights. Todd Carney runs through a gap but at the last hurdle he knocks on when all that was needed was a pop back on the inside for their first try.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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PENALTY - Sharks. Knights inside the ten. Good opportunity for the Sharks.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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No Try. PENALTY - Sharks. Beau Scott ruled to have taken Michael Gordon out illegally going for the high ball.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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VIDEO REF. Checking a possible Knights try. On field ref says no try.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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PENALTY - Knights. Wade Graham goes high on James McManus. 7-1 the penalties to the Knights.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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White line fever from Akuila who attempts a barge over from close in but is well handled by the Sharks outside men. Scrum Sharks.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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PENALTY - Knights. Sharks offside from the scrum. Knights attacking 20 metres out.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Todd Carney makes an unforced error.

Toddy boy swoops on a loose ball and runs 55 metres. He didn't have the pace and lobbed a forward pass inside to his support.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Sharks with an error on the last which means the Knights will start their set from halfway.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Each team completing a couple of sets to start the second stanza. The Knights with a 20 metre tap and seven tackles up their sleeve.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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And we're underway. Sharks with first use of the pill. What can they conjure up?

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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Sharks on the paddock. Waiting for the Knights.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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HALF TIME: Newcastle Knights 26 leading Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0. I'm open to suggestions as to how the Sharks can come back into this game....? Anyone..? Anyone? Unless the Knights really switch off they should have their first win of the season. Do stick with us though, coz you never know...

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Straight over the black one.

Newcastle Knights 26-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Darius Boyd. Kick to come.

Leilua stands in the tackle and offloads to Boyd who gets the ball down with three defenders hanging off him. Stop the Fight!!

Newcastle Knights 24-0

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Sharks can't handle a kick and it's the Knights to start a set 5 metres out.

Newcastle Knights 20-0

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Line dropout Sharks after Roberts grubber was grounded by Carney.

Newcastle Knights 20-0

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No Try. Held up.

Newcastle Knights 20-0

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VIDEO REF. Possible Knights try to Adam Clydesdale. On field ref has said no try...

Newcastle Knights 20-0

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PENALTY - Knights. Sharks inside the 10. Another try coming methinks.

Newcastle Knights 20-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Tyrone learns from his earlier misses and slots it.

Newcastle Knights 20-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Kick to come.

Hat Trick to Leilua. Geez he's strong today. It's almost a carbon copy of his second. Too big too strong.

Newcastle Knights 18-0

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UNFORCED ERROR CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS
Isaac De Gois makes an unforced error.

The Sharkies had a little roll on going near half way only for Isaac De Gois to spill his beans trying to keep it going..

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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PENALTY - Knights. Dumb, dumb, dumb from the Sharks. They had the Knights on their own line but held on to Akuila the thriller for too long.

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Adam Cuthbertson makes an unforced error.

A few offloads sees Beau Scott take it to the line and offload a speculator to Cuthbertson and he can't handle.

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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NO TRY. Darius Boyd has knocked on before Cuthbertson touched it down.

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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VIDEO REF. Possible Knights try to Adam Cuthbertson from a kick.

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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Bit of touch footy for the Sharks who kick it twice, offload a thousand times but still can't break a committed blue and red wall. Carney handled thrice in that passage!

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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PENALTY - Sharks. Knights holding on in the ruck for a tad too long.

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.

Roberts misses again from the same spot as his first attempt. This time he goes right..

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Kick to come.

Leilua ran straight through Matt Prior and Todd Carney from 5 metres out. Willie Mason set the try up with a strong charge immediately preceding..

Newcastle Knights 14-0

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PENALTY - Knights. What price the Knights to go over again here. Sharks looking brittle.

Newcastle Knights 10-0

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Andrew Fifita and Beau Scott at it in backplay. Looks like Roberts was hit after passing it by Sam Tagatese. Tagatese is on report.

Newcastle Knights 10-0

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SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Too easy for Roberts.

Newcastle Knights 10-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Robbie Rochow. Kick to come.

Easy metres in that set of 6 from the Knights and Tyrone Roberts put Robbie Rochow into a gap and he's too good for the fullback. Try under the sticks.

Newcastle Knights 8-0

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UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts unsuccessful.

No luck for Tyrone who drags it left from the sideline.

Newcastle Knights 4-0

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TRY NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Scored by Joseph Leilua. Kick to come.

Simple hands down the left side sees Darius feed Leilua stroll through a gap to score.

Newcastle Knights 4-0

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Darius Boyd is into the thick of it with a lovely take of the Carney bomb.

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Sharks with seven tackles commencing on their 20 metre line after a Michael Dobson kick rolls dead.

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The Knights look a little disjointed in attack early.

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UNFORCED ERROR NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Joseph Leilua makes an unforced error.

And the Knights through Joseph Leilua release the pressure again with a knock on close to the line.

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PENALTY - Knights. Knights to start their set 10 metres from the Sharks line.

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Knights lose the ball 5 metres out. Sharks to work it out.

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PENALTY - Knights. Sharks all over the play the ball.

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Kickoff and the Knights receive the ball to start us off at Hunter.

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Knights players and staff in a huddle. 30 seconds silence for Alex McKinnon. It's emotional.

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Sharks onto the field now. Knights to follow. Strap yourselves in..!

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Well we're almost ready, just a condition update. It's around 24 degrees and sunny with a chance of rain but nothing that would have Noah twitchy. Looks a good pitch.

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TEAM NEWS | The Knights have one physical change and one jersey change going into today's game - Darius Boyd returns at fullback replacing Matt Minto. On the bench, David Fa'alogo will wear jersey #18 following the retirement of jersey #16 by the Knights in Alex McKinnon's honour

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A very good afternoon to you all out there and a big welcome to Hunter Stadium for the match-up between the Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. And what an intriguing contest it looks like being today, with the big story being the distressing and somewhat sobering round 3 injury to young Knights forward Alex McKinnon. All the best to you Alex and your family from our online League community here at leagueunlimited.com. The Knights have been hit hard by injuries and hence they really haven't got going in season 2014, with a big duck egg in the Win column. There is a looong way to go though so if they can tough out a couple of wins in the next month or so they'll stay in touch. The Sharkies have not won a game yet either and are missing their mercurial enforcer/metre-eater/hard-head, one P. Gallen. At the risk of sounding uber-cliched...Both sides will be...desperate for the win.. Ugh, that hurt to type. It's Luke Wenitong here and i'll be back with you in a bit with final team lists..

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Referees & scorers:

Referee: Gavin Badger, Alan Shortall

Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Dan Eastwood

Video Referee: Henry Perenara, Luke Patten

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (30)
Tries: Joseph Leilua (3), Tyrone Roberts, Robbie Rochow, Darius Boyd
Field Goals:
Conversions: Tyrone Roberts (3/6)
Penalty Goals:

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (0)
Tries:
Field Goals:
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