Full Time
5:30pm Sat April 13, 2019
Round 5 - McDonald Jones Stadium - Crowd: 21779

That's all she wrote. Manly finish with the ball and win by eight.


Hold on, Suli's ruled to have stripped it from Lee in that play and taken it dead, so it's a Newcastle 20m restart.


Fonua-Blake makes his way back onto the park with Manly on the attack looking for more points. DCE grubbers, forcing Edrick Lee to take the ball and it's a line drop-out.


Watson spills a ball turned back inside by Mason Lino.


Guerra off, Pearce won't return after the head knock in the 69th. Knights in the wars as they desperately search for some late points.


Time off with Guerra down injured.


Newcastle on the attack with 8 minutes left... but the grubber is cleaned up promptly by Elliot and he's in the field of play.


Newcastle start the new set on halfway thanks to the penalty.


AFB goes to the sin bin for the 'serious foul play' against Pearce. He won't come back until there's about 2 minutes left.


Mitch Pearce has copped a big one across the face off the kickoff. Fonua-Blake has dropped a lazy arm on him.


Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga brings the margin back to eight with a conversion.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 18 - 26 Sea Eagles

Try: Knights
Scored by Mitchell Barnett. Kick to come.

Barnett finds a hole as Newcastle run hands to the right. Great try for the home team!

Sea Eagles lead Knights 16 - 26 Sea Eagles

Manly penalised for running blockers as the attacking kick team chases through. Knights with the attacking chance.


Conversion: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

Fourteen point margin now. Not home yet Manly - but they're doing very well.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 12 - 26 Sea Eagles

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Addin Fonua-Blake. Kick to come.

AFB strolls over for the Sea Eagles fourth try. Too easy! Massive gap opened up down the middle after Elgey turned a ball inside for him.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 12 - 24 Sea Eagles

Manly do a great job to get into an attacking position and force a drop-out by trapping Mitchell Pearce in goal.


Edrick Lee threw a miracle ball as he was being dragged into touch, and it ended eventually with Lachlan Fitzgibbon crossing for what looked a try, but the Bunker reviews it and Lee's foot indeed was out. No try, Manly ball.


Penalty Goal: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

Newcastle give away another penalty, this one is right in front and DCE makes no mistake this time.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 12 - 20 Sea Eagles

...and then Newcastle lose it with Connor Watson making a very poor error out of dummy half.


Penalty Goal: Sea Eagles
Attempted by Daly Cherry-Evans.

Newcastle concede a penalty on their own line and DCE makes the easy call to go for two... it hits the post and NEWCASTLE GET IT! Oh dear.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 12 - 18 Sea Eagles

Lachlan Fitzgibbon loses in the second tackle after the restart and Manly have it back in an attacking zone.


Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga bangs it over from in front.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 12 - 18 Sea Eagles

Try: Knights
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Kick to come.

Guerra burrows his way over and the Bunker awards it!

Sea Eagles lead Knights 10 - 18 Sea Eagles

Bunker for a possible Knights no try...


Neither side able to penetrate yet with the Knights going closest so far.


An early error from Manly gives Newcastle some handy possession.


Second half underway. Newcastle first ball.


Halftime at McDonald Jones Stadium with the Sea Eagles ahead by twelve.


Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga adds the extras to the try he helped set up, and reduces the margin to just twelve ahead of the halftime break.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 6 - 18 Sea Eagles

Try: Knights
Scored by Edrick Lee. Kick to come.

Ponga comes back after he was cleared in a HIA - and he delivers by setting up Edrick Lee with a perfectly placed grubber which the bustling winger picks up and carries to the line despite attention from Manly winger Reuben Garrick.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 4 - 18 Sea Eagles

Elliot goes over in the corner for Manly but it's the result of an errant pass and it's called back. Newcastle escape again.


DCE nails a 40/20 which Connor Watson had no idea about and just let dribble into touch! Huge defensive set coming up here for the home side.


DCE pinged for obstruction in front of the Knights' posts. Newcastle with a relieving penalty.


A forward pass now from Newcastle inside their own 30m hands Manly an attacking opportunity.


Waddell receives a short ball from Sironen and can't handle it with the defence closing in. Newcastle scrum ten short of halfway.


Lino puts a grubber through late in the set and the Sea Eagles get it easily through Addin Fonua-Blake, then the Knights concede a penalty, handing Manly possession on halfway.


DCE puts a kick out on the full from just inside Newcastle's 40m, which gives the home team a fresh set in decent position.


Conversion: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

DCE adds the extras again in his 200th NRL game.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 0 - 18 Sea Eagles

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Joel Thompson. Kick to come.

Joel Thompson is first to the grubber from - yes - Jake Trbojevic - and it's try time for Manly again!

Sea Eagles lead Knights 0 - 16 Sea Eagles

Bunker time. Joel Thompson is claiming he's grounded it off a grubber!


Manly force a line drop-out with a clever rubber.


TRYSAVER! DCE finds his way into open space and only had to find Garrick on his outside - but Edrick Lee tracks him down and knocks the ball out. Newcastle scrum on their own 10m.


Newcastle pick up a penalty after Curtis Sironen goes high on fullback Kalyn Ponga. Sironen is ON REPORT.


Conversion: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

This one's easier and he converts it as well. Stunned silence around the New Lambton venue.

Sea Eagles lead Knights 0 - 12 Sea Eagles

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Reuben Garrick. Kick to come.

Garrick! Koroisau ducks out of dummy half on his own 30m, finding Taufua who rolls up the park before finding Garrick who bumps and bounces his way to the line! Manly what a start!

Sea Eagles lead Knights 0 - 10 Sea Eagles

An unimaginative set from the Knights and the Sea Eagles have it again... and there's a break!


Kalyn Ponga finds some space from broken play and makes a good 40 metre run before being chased down - Newcastle then earn a penalty on the next play and the home side will get to attack.


Conversion: Sea Eagles
Kicked by Daly Cherry-Evans.

DCE nails it from out wide!

Sea Eagles lead Knights 0 - 6 Sea Eagles

Try: Sea Eagles
Scored by Jorge Taufua. Kick to come.

Numbers to the left and a beauty of a long ball from Elgey finds Taufua on the wing. Manly take the early lead!

Sea Eagles lead Knights 0 - 4 Sea Eagles

Manly have the first chance at attack here.


We're underway and Manly have first use of the ball, and produce a solid, metre-eating set to start, before hoisting it high for Edrick Lee, who takes it cleanly for Newcastle.

A solid crowd in at McDonald Jones Stadium for this re-match of the 1997 ARL decider. Newcastle are without Sione Mata'utia and Kurt Mann, with Josh King and Connor Watson joining the bench and Mitch Barnett starting in the back row. They are wearing their hi-vis orange and navy jerseys for Mining day. Manly are 1-17, in their white away jersey.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Peter Gough, Jon Stone

Touch Judges: Kasey Badger, Mark Bohan

Video Referee: Henry Perenara, Steve Clark

Tries: Edrick Lee, Aidan Guerra, Mitchell Barnett
Field Goals:
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (3/3)
Penalty Goals:

Tries: Jorge Taufua, Reuben Garrick, Joel Thompson, Addin Fonua-Blake
Field Goals:
Conversions: Daly Cherry-Evans (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Daly Cherry-Evans (1/2)