Full Time
80:00
3:00pm Sat August 17, 2019
Round 22 - McDonald Jones Stadium - Crowd: 16752
80min

FULL TIME - Knights back in the finals hunt with a 42-6 win over a disappointing Cowboys side.

80min

Mason Lino takes on the line and threatens but drops the ball.

79min

Penalty for the home side, 58 seconds to go. They will try for one final four-pointer. 40 out.

79min

Knights with it back through Mitchell Pearce, just over one minute remaining.

76min

Cowboys with a late chance to post a consolation try, inside the Knights 20 on the fifth.

74min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

Still perfect from the boot.

Knights lead Knights 42 - 6 Cowboys
73min

Try: Knights
Scored by Mason Lino. Kick to come.

Mitchell Barnett with a late offload for Lino who bursts through to score.

Knights lead Knights 40 - 6 Cowboys
71min

Coen Hess with an error just short of halfway.

70min

Kalyn Ponga with it back after taking the bomb as we enter the final ten minutes. Knights not making many metres in this set though. Inside their own 30 on the fourth. Mitchell Pearce clears it on the last for Scott Drinkwater who brings it up to the 30.

69min

Mitchell Pearce drives it into touch. Cowboys to pack the scrum on their own 30.

68min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

Lino pushes it left and it swings back right and through the posts.

Knights lead Knights 36 - 6 Cowboys
68min

Try: Knights
Scored by Sione Mata'utia. Kick to come.

Kurt Mann to Mata'utia who goes straight through after two Cowboys collide in defence. Jordan Kahu and Coen Hess with a brutal head clash.

Knights lead Knights 34 - 6 Cowboys
66min

Jake Clifford with a great kick that looks certain to end in a dropout but Shaun Kenny-Dowall then bursts out of the tackle and into the clear before being dragged down just past halfway. Mitchell Pearce then earns a penalty soon after. Newcastle in the mood now.

63min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

Lino perfect from the boot.

Knights lead Knights 30 - 6 Cowboys
62min

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

Mitchell Pearce takes it to the line quickly and then slows down to put Barnett through.

Knights lead Knights 28 - 6 Cowboys
60min

Cowboys send it out on the full.

59min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

No mistake from right in front.

Knights lead Knights 24 - 6 Cowboys
58min

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

Pearce takes them on and scores next to the posts. That will be the game you'd think.

Knights lead Knights 22 - 6 Cowboys
56min

Tom Opacic knocks down a threatening pass from Kalyn Ponga. More pressure coming.

55min

Tom Opacic with an error. That's not good for the Cowboys and Newcastle get it right back.

55min

Mason Lino - it was looking an excellent kick but Scott Drinkwater shows great patience to watch it trickle dead.

54min

Michael Morgan takes on the line and it takes four Knights defenders to take him down. Ball to Scott Drinkwater on the last but he doesn't strike it well. Knights with it right back.

54min

Connor Watson hobbling off. Bad news for the Knights, he's been a great spark through the middle today.

53min

Relieving penalty for the Cowboys and they are 30 out now.

52min

Pearce to Ponga to Hunt and the Cowboys scramble well to shut it down. Handover.

51min

Herman Ese'ese and Hymel Hunt with big runs to start this set for Newcastle. Cowboys knock down the Kalyn Ponga pass - Knights with a full set 40 out.

50min

Try gone begging for the Cowboys. Michael Morgan's kick ricochets and Tom Opacic toes it to Kyle Feldt - it bounces on an awkward angle and Feldt drops it with the try line begging.

48min

Connor Watson rushes a kick and finds touch 10 out from the Cowboys line.

47min

Gavin Cooper comes down with the crossfield kick from Jake Clifford on the last but can't offload it. Turnover.

46min

Mitchell Pearce with a looping pass over the top to Hymel Hunt who throws it back inside but Tom Opacic has it for the Cowboys. They have another chance here, just 30 out on the fourth.

45min

Jake Granville - great option - he runs and then turns it back inside on the angle for Coen Hess who steams through. Cowboys 30 out. They go short side though and have no numbers. Knights have it back.

44min

Big play from Mason Lino as he dives on a Michael Morgan grubber and the home side survive. Scott Drinkwater looking dangerous for the Cowboys though.

42min

Mason Lino pinged for being offside. Penalty Cowboys.

41min

Michael Morgan with a great grubber but the bounce is terrible for Scott Drinkwater who would have been certain to score otherwise. Dropout nonetheless.

40min

Aidan Guerra with an early error and boy the Cowboys needed that.

40min

HALF TIME - Kalyn Ponga threatening with every touch of the ball and after a fast start Newcastle score late to extend their lead to 12.

40min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

Lino brilliantly hooks it back in from the sideline.

Knights lead Knights 18 - 6 Cowboys
37min

Try: Knights
Scored by Kalyn Ponga. Kick to come.

Coen Hess drops it on the first play. Kalyn Ponga slices over off the scrum and they pay immediately.

Knights lead Knights 16 - 6 Cowboys
37min

That would have been massive right before half time. Kalyn Ponga with the step to beat Shane Wright, he is away and then finds Connor Watson. Mitchell Pearce inside but overruns it so Watson doesn't pass. Ponga again on the left edge, fires a ball to Tautau Moga who sprays it over the touchline.

36min

Gavin Cooper with an error as he goes to ground in the tackle and the Knights survive.

35min

Scott Drinkwater with a lovely grubber and Kalyn Ponga knocks it dead. Dropout.

34min

Jacob Saifiti crashes over after Connor Watson shapes to go right before going back inside left. Mitchell Barnett stays in the line though and prevents Scott Bolton from getting to Saifiti. Penalty Cowboys.

33min

Connor Watson almost catches the Cowboys out again and then earns a penalty. Knights 20 out and they will tap instead of going for the two.

32min

Jake Granville darts out of dummy-half, goes down the right edge but the pass from Shane Wright to Tom Opacic is forward. Knights ball on their own 40.

31min

Mitchell Pearce to the air and Scott Drinkwater has it for the Cowboys, with the game now a grinding affair after Newcastle shot out to a 12-0 lead.

29min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Jordan Kahu.

Kahu puts it through.

Knights lead Knights 12 - 6 Cowboys
27min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Jake Clifford. Kick to come.

Clifford takes advantage of a weight of possession as he takes on the line and scores. They had to go over there and reduce the deficit.

Knights lead Knights 12 - 4 Cowboys
26min

Mitchell Pearce knocks down the pass from Michael Morgan and the Cowboys get another full set to post their first try of the day.

25min

Newcastle hand it right back to them with an error of their own. Cowboys 10 out.

25min

Jordan McLean with a risky offload and Newcastle have it back through David Klemmer.

23min

Gavin Cooper with a simple drop but gets a reprieve with a penalty awarded to North Queensland. Cowboys 30 out.

22min

Daniel Saifiti with a great run, quick play the ball, it's given to Kalyn Ponga who is taken 40 out. They then drill it into touch. 10 out. Cowboys again made to work it out from deep inside their own half.

21min

Scott Drinkwater onto a ricocheted kick on the last and toes it ahead but the Knights get it back.

19min

Mitchell Pearce kicks into touch as the Knights calm things down after a fast start. Cowboys to work it out of their own half.

18min

Jake Clifford to Coen Hess who is through a hole but he puts it down. Knights ball on their own 20.

18min

Mitchell Pearce takes Tom Opacic high and the Cowboys get another full set.

17min

Scott Drinkwater with a great kick and Mitchell Pearce is trapped in-goal. The Cowboys with their first chance of the afternoon.

15min

Kalyn Ponga skips down the left edge and threatens to go through again but is taken well. Kyle Feldt does well to take the bomb on the last and now the Cowboys earn a much-deserved penalty. The Knights did shoot out against the Tigers recently only to fall away late so they'll need to be careful.

14min

Jake Clifford now finds touch 30 out from the Newcastle line.

13min

The Cowboys survive after diving on Mitchell Pearce's kick on the last. Newcastle threatened during that set though, Kalyn Ponga and Lachlan Fitzgibbon again combining well on the left edge before Sione Mata'utia also almost found space on the other side.

12min

Newcastle with another penalty and they will keep the pressure on. A win by 24 points or more will see them overtake Cronulla temporarily into ninth place.

11min

Matt Scott passes it forward to John Asiata and the Knights get the ball right back on their own 40.

10min

Chance again! Knights marching upfield with ease. Brilliant work on the right edge as space is created for Sione Mata'utia but he puts it down.

10min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

That's 12 already.

Knights lead Knights 12 - 0 Cowboys
9min

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

The Cowboys have not turned up. Pearce splits them right through the middle and runs away to score. This could be anything.

Knights lead Knights 10 - 0 Cowboys
8min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Mason Lino.

Lino makes it 6-0.

Knights lead Knights 6 - 0 Cowboys
7min

Try: Knights
Scored by Kalyn Ponga. Kick to come.

Really bad signs for the Cowboys early. Ponga steps back inside to score and that was too easy.

Knights lead Knights 4 - 0 Cowboys
6min

Kalyn Ponga takes it right up to the line and plays it short for Lachlan Fitzgibbon who is pulled up 20 out. Cowboys looking very vulnerable in defence.

5min

Penalty Knights, they're 30 out with a big chance to strike. They look good early.

3min

Mason Lino kicks on the last and Jordan Kahu is trapped close to the line. Cowboys to work it out of their own end.

3min

Michael Morgan bombs on the last, from 40 out and Kalyn Ponga has it before taking the ball up to the 20. Knights looking better early, playing with more speed up front as they crash over halfway on the fourth.

2min

Bombed. Connor Watson finds space right through the middle and shapes to pass but dummies and then throws it forward to Kalyn Ponga. Should've released it straight away.

1min

Underway at Newcastle. Cowboys with first use of the ball.

Jordan McLean and Matt Scott with two runs each in that set. Cowboys inside their own 40 on the last as Michael Morgan finds Shaun Kenny-Dowall on the last. Knights first set starts on their own 30.

A great crowd here in the Hunter - surely that will help the home side get up. But the Cowboys still have a quality side. Kick-off in just over five minutes.

The Cowboys, sitting two points behind, will not make it and are without Jason Taumalolo.

With the Tigers, Titans and Panthers to come in the next three weeks, a win today will bring Newcastle right back into finals contention given Brisbane's tough run in the next fortnight.

Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon's update of the clash between the Knights and Cowboys.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Grant Atkins, Phil Henderson

Touch Judges: Mark Bohan, Clayton Sharpe

Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Beau Scott

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (42)
Tries: Kalyn Ponga (2), Mason Lino, Mitchell Pearce (2), Mitchell Barnett, Sione Mata'utia
Field Goals:
Conversions: Mason Lino (7/7)
Penalty Goals:

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (6)
Tries: Jake Clifford
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jordan Kahu (1/1)
Penalty Goals: