Full Time
80:00
7:35pm Sat July 3, 2021
Round 16 - McDonald Jones Stadium - Crowd: 7610
80min

FULL TIME at McDonald Jones Stadium and it's a Red & Blue shutout in Newcastle with the Knights taking a 38-0 victory

80min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford converts from in front

Knights lead Knights 38 - 0 Cowboys
77min

Try: Knights
Scored by Connor Watson. Kick to come.

Connor Watson has his second of the game after being sent through by Mitchell Pearce

Knights lead Knights 36 - 0 Cowboys
74min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Kalyn Ponga penalised for leaving the scrum early

72min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford converts from just left to the uprights

Knights lead Knights 32 - 0 Cowboys
70min

Try: Knights
Scored by Dominic Young. Kick to come.

Dominic Young gets his second of the night after Kurt Mann with a smart bit of play to tap the ball back after juggling it and losing it forward. It ends up with Ponga who kicks out to an unmarked Dom Young to score

Knights lead Knights 30 - 0 Cowboys
68min

Val Holmes loses the ball after Dom Young was able to force the ball out

66min

Terrible set from the Cowboys with a kick on tackle 4

65min

Dom Young trapped in goal after a makeshift kick from Drinkwater almost created something out of nothing

63min

Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford pushes the conversion attempt out to the right

Knights lead Knights 26 - 0 Cowboys
62min

Try: Knights
Scored by Dominic Young. Kick to come.

Dominic Young gets over as more Kalyn Ponga just breaks through creating something out of nothing and then turns inside for Young to come back and scores

Knights lead Knights 26 - 0 Cowboys
57min

SUCCESSFUL CHALLENGE: Murray Tuilagi ruled to have striped the ball in a non try scoring opportunity, therefore it's a Knights penalty

55min

CAPTAINS CHALLENGE: Hymel Hunt has lost the ball according to Chris Sutton; Knights challenging the decision

53min

CAPTAINS CHALLENGE: Valentine Holmes ruled to have knocked on and challenges the call; One replay for Alan Shortall to stick with Chris Sutton's decision

52min

No luck with the high kicks for the Cowboys with no calls going their way

43min

Tom Dearden's last tackle kick is absolutely awful and Ponga takes it in goal on the full

42min

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow makes everything look slow-mo as he got space on the outside and put boot to ball by the bounce isn't great and goes into touch

41min

Cowboys called held on last tackle despite the kick coming off Newcastle at first

40min

Kalyn Ponga puts put to ball and the Knights kick us off with the Cowboys using the ball first

40min

Bizarre last tackle play from the Cowboys to end the half as the Knights go to HT with a 22-0 lead

39min

So 4 or 5 infringements by the Knights in the space of a minute but nobody goes to the bin

36min

Cowboys only get two tackles inside the Knights 20 and cough the ball up through Francis Molo

35min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Ruck interefence the call yet again from Chris Sutton as this time the Cowboys get the benefit of the whistle

33min

Dom Young loses the ball in a strong tackle after a good pass from Kalyn Ponga

31min

PENALTY KNIGHTS: Cowboys trying to slow down the ruck but Ponga loses it and therefore conceded the penalty. Knights into Cowboys territory again

29min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford converts from close range

Knights lead Knights 22 - 0 Cowboys
28min

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

Kalyn Ponga has his second of the night after the Knights go down the short side finding Dominic Young who goes down the side and finds Ponga who scores untouched

Knights lead Knights 20 - 0 Cowboys
26min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford converts from in front

Knights lead Knights 16 - 0 Cowboys
25min

Try: Knights
Scored by Connor Watson. Kick to come.

No urgency at the back from the Cowboys to stop Kurt Mann taking a simple catch before offloading to Connor Watson who scores

Knights lead Knights 14 - 0 Cowboys
23min

NO TRY - As expected the bunker very quickly puts up the red lights after Dom Young was tackled before promoting the ball

23min

BUNKER: Dom Young has crossed but looks like a pretty clear cut double movement

22min

Back to back set restarts for the Knights before a flashpoint where Kalyn Ponga was hit hard - Nothing illegal in it despite Newcastle not liking it

21min

Cowboys struggle to make metres out of their end despite 3 six agains

18min

PENALTY KNIGHTS: Cowboys penalised for a strip, the North Queenslanders don't agree but smartly don't challenge

18min

PENALTY KNIGHTS: Murray Taulagi penalised for some high contact and the Knights go into Cowboys half again

17min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford converts from close range

Knights lead Knights 10 - 0 Cowboys
15min

Try: Knights
Scored by Jacob Saifiti. Kick to come.

The Cowboys can't hold on as the Knights continue to ramrod the Cowboys defence and instead of going short to Barnett, Pearce goes to Jacob Saifiti to score

Knights lead Knights 8 - 0 Cowboys
14min

Cowboys capitulating, errors at the back, intercept in their own 10 and then conceding a high tackle penalty

10min

Val Holmes loses the ball on halfway as he looks up before catching the ball

9min

Amazing play from Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to put the afterburners on the outside then kicks it back infield and dives over but his foot is out as he grounds it coming from miles outside the field and coming back inside

9min

STOP HAMMER TIME WOW

7min

Mitch Pearce kick is a beauty it floats and is a difficult one for Val Holmes who makes it look easy

5min

Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Jake Clifford.

Jake Clifford pushes the conversion to the left of the uprights

Knights lead Knights 4 - 0 Cowboys
4min

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

Poor defence and a lack of urgency from the Cowboys sees the loose ball fall for Dom Young who finds Ponga who scores

Knights lead Knights 4 - 0 Cowboys
2min

Val Holmes kick on the last running out of dummy half is poor and runs dead

GAME ON - Chris Sutton calls time on and we're underway in Newcastle with a healthy (we hope) COVID-Safe crowd

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Chris Sutton

Touch Judges: Liam Kennedy, Drew Oultram

Video Referee: Alan Shortall

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (38)
Tries: Kalyn Ponga (2), Jacob Saifiti, Connor Watson (2), Dominic Young (2)
Conversions: Jake Clifford (5/7)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (0)