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7:50pm Fri July 13, 2018
Round 18 - McDonald Jones Stadium - Crowd: 15860

Game over and a nerve-wracking win for the Knights, two points over the Eels.


FRENCH CLAIMS A TRY! Or does he? It goes to the Bunker and his foot was touch-ingoal. NO TRY and Newcastle will hold on.


The Eels advance inside Newcastle's 20m on the last...


Pearce drills it into touch on the last, where it crosses 20m from the Eels' line. Parramatta rush to pack the scrum and have 1:43 on the clock to steal victory.


A forward pass by Moeroa ends another Eels' attacking raid. Knights scrum 30m out from their own line.


Pearce puts up a huge bomb on the last, Eels' winger French is up to the task. The Eels are now playing expansively as they look to surge upfield.


Poor foresight on the last from the Eels and they are tackled in possession. Knights handover 10m out.


A few errors creeping in here, Newcastle lost it just past the Parramatta 40m. Eels scrum.


Time off with Sione Mata'utia copping a heavy knock. He'll leave the field for a HIA, assisted by trainers, and won't return.


Corey Norman grubbers close to the line but it is taken brilliantly by Sione Mata'utia who offloads to Watson and he is off and tackled by Mitchell Moses 40m out.


Nicholas Meaney spills a Corey Norman grubber in goal but Pearce is there to save the day. Dropout Knights.


Mitchell Pearce spills an offload in front of Herman Ese'ese and Eels have the ball 35m from their own line.


Penalty Goal: Knights
Kicked by Ken Sio.

Ken Sio puts his side in front. Knights regain the lead 18-16.

Knights lead Knights 18 - 16 Eels

Penalty Knights - Strip from Nathan Brown on Connor Watson and Ken Sio will take the kick from in front.


Mitchell Pearce kicks under pressure on the last, Corey Norman catches it just short of the tryline and he is tackled in goal. Dropout Eels.


Conversion: Eels
Kicked by Clint Gutherson.

Clint Gutherson nails the conversion and we are locked up at 16 all.

Tied up at Knights 16 - 16 Eels

Try: Eels
Scored by Corey Norman. Kick to come.

Shaun Kenny-Dowall puts down a kick and Michael Jennings finds Jarryd Hayne who beats three defenders and offloads to Corey Norman at speed and Norman races away to score! Knights lead 16-14 with the conversion attempt to come.

Knights lead Knights 16 - 14 Eels

Mitchell Pearce bombs high to Bevan French who collects the ball and is tackled 15m out from his own line.


Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Ken Sio.

Ken Sio adds the extras. Newcastle lead 16-10.

Knights lead Knights 16 - 10 Eels

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

Mitchell Pearce runs hard and straight off a beautiful ball off Chris Heighington and he scores under the posts. Knights hit the front and lead 14-10 kick to come.

Knights lead Knights 14 - 10 Eels

Bevan French collects a kick close to the sideline and Mitchell Barnett bundles him into touch on the first tackle. Knights on the attack 10m out!


Nicholas Meaney slices through for Newcastle and is cut down 30m out from the line.


We are back under way at Hunter Stadium, Daniel Saifiti takes the ball back for the Knights.


It is Halftime and it is locked at 10 all. Parramatta got off to a flyer leading 10 nil with 2 tries after just 11 minutes however the Knights hit back with 2 tries themselves. 10 all at Hunter Stadium, stay tuned for all the action @LeagueUnlimited!


Chris Heighington puts down a sloppy pass from Sione Mata'utia. We will go to the break locked up.


Penalty Knights - Against Tim Mannah and Peni Terepo for not getting back the 10m. Knights with a chance before halftime!


Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Ken Sio.

Ken Sio misses from the sideline. Score remains 10 all.

Tied up at Knights 10 - 10 Eels

Try: Knights
Scored by Shaun Kenny-dowall. Kick to come.

Daniel Saifiti offloads to Jamie Buhrer under pressure to Meaney and loops a pass in the air that finds Sione Mata'utia who gets it to Kenny-Dowall and SKD finishes off the play and scores in the corner! 10 all kick to come.

Tied up at Knights 10 - 10 Eels

Clint Gutherson passes the ball from dummy half and it is a shocker and the Knights have the ball 15m out!


Mitchell Pearce kicks for the corner on the last Shaun Kenny-Dowall leaps but George Jennings takes it just 1m out from his own line.


Another error from the Eels in their own half, as Brad Takairangi offloads to Moses who puts it down. Knights on the attack 30m out.


Chris Heighington onto the field and he turns to offload in the tackle but Connor Watson knocks it on. Sloppy play from Heighington. Eels scrum 30m from their own line.


Eels try a short side play on the last but Moses puts down the pass from Michael Jennings. Knights scrum 35m inside their own half.


Parramatta put on a backline play but Sione Mata'utia reads it well and Clint Gutherson knocks on in the tackle. Knights scrum 16m out from their own line.


Bevan French again gets the ball wide on the last and again he kicks inside and Jamie Buhrer bats the ball into touch under pressure from Michael Jennings. Dropout Knights.


Mitchell Pearce kicks across for Sione Mata'utia on the last but Mata'utia knocks the ball into touch. Poor kick and the Eels have the scrum 10m from their own line.


Corey Norman throws a flat pass to Hayne on the left hand side but it is forward. Knights scrum just short of halfway.


Mitchell Pearce grubbers for the in goal, the ball deflects off Alvaro and then Josh King knocks on. Eels scrum 10m from their own line.


Penalty Knights - Incorrect play the ball from Nathan Brown. Coach Arthur won't be pleased. Knights find the line on halfway.


Daniel Alvaro tries to offload in the tackle and the ball is knocked on by Herman Ese'ese. Eels scrum 40m inside their own half.


Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Ken Sio.

Ken Sio converts from out wide. Parramatta lead 10-6.

Eels lead Knights 6 - 10 Eels

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

Mitchell Pearce grubbers on the last and Clint Gutherson loses control, the ball bounces off Connor Watson's head and Watson dives on the ball to score! Eels lead 10-4 kick to come.

Eels lead Knights 4 - 10 Eels

Michael Jennings attracts to defenders and offloads to French unmarked but French loses the ball. Knights ball just short of halfway.


Conversion: Eels
Attempted by Clint Gutherson.

Clint Gutherson absolutely sprays the conversion. Parramatta lead 10-0.

Eels lead Knights 0 - 10 Eels

Try: Eels
Scored by Mitchell Moses. Kick to come.

Jarryd Hayne finds some space on the right hand side and fires a pass to Bevan French who takes off and kicks inside and Mitchell Moses collects the ball to score! Eels lead 10-0 kick to come.

Eels lead Knights 0 - 10 Eels

Mitchell Pearce elects to run it on the last close to the line and Mitchell Barnett is tackled 5m from the tryline. Decent set from the Knights all the same.


George Jennings throws a forward pass from dummy half. Poor error and Knights have the scrum feed on halfway.


Very quick set from the Eels and Shaun Kenny-Dowall collects the ball on the last and is tackled just 11m from the Knights line. Eels looking sharp early.


Conversion: Eels
Kicked by Clint Gutherson.

Clint Gutherson adds the extras. Parramatta lead 6-0.

Eels lead Knights 0 - 6 Eels

Try: Eels
Scored by Siosaia Vave. Kick to come.

Siosaia Vave crashes over next to the posts after some soft defence from the Knights. Eels lead 4-0 kick to come.

Eels lead Knights 0 - 4 Eels

Penalty Eles - Against Sione Mata'utia again for not getting back 10m. Cameron King takes the tap 10m out!


Penalty Eels - Against Sione Mata'utia for being inside the 10m. Eels find the line 40m out.


Mitchell Moses tests the young debutant Nicholas Meaney with a towering bomb but the youngster makes no mistake. Knights ball 20m from their own line.

We are underway at Hunter Stadium as Siosaia Vave brings the ball back into a wall of Knights defenders.

Welcome to Hunter Stadium for the second match of Friday Night Football, where the Newcastle Knights host the Parramatta Eels which promises to be an entertaining contest. There are no late changes for either side, with both teams as per programmed. Newcastle are missing superstar Kalyn Ponga for this match and will want to show that they can still win without their electrifying fullback, while the Eels are looking to avoid the dreaded Wooden Spoon. Stay tuned for all the action @LeagueUnlimited, kickoff not far away!

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Adam Gee, Tim Roby

Touch Judges: Rickey McFarlane, Michael Wise

Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Luke Patten

Tries: Connor Watson, Shaun Kenny-dowall, Mitchell Pearce
Field Goals:
Conversions: Ken Sio (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Ken Sio (1/1)

Tries: Siosaia Vave, Mitchell Moses, Corey Norman
Field Goals:
Conversions: Clint Gutherson (2/3)
Penalty Goals: