Classic Clashes - Round 8

The nib Newcastle Knights have recorded some of their greatest achievements against the Many Sea Eagles, which included the Club's first premiership, and it has divided the two clubs ever since.

Arguably one of Newcastle's finest victories was on March 6, 1999 at Stadium Australia, now known as ANZ Stadium. All the signs pointed towards an epic contest, with a brand new stadium and a then-record crowd of 104,583 which set the scene for a night to go down in history.

The Knights, led by captain Paul 'Chief' Harragon, took the field and soaked up the atmosphere as a sea of red and blue thundered from the stands.

But Manly, led by captain Geoff Toovey, were the first to score, as centre Terry Hill broke over the line in the 16th minute. Manly would then stay scoreless for the remainder of the first half.

The Knights reacted just four minutes later as Jason Moodie was sent over in his first try of the night and levelled the score line to 4-all. The Knights kept the ball rolling and scored two tries in quick succession through Harragon and Bill Peden, which catapulted the red and blue to a 16-4 lead at half time.


Those who had the match pegged as low-scoring could not have been more wrong in the second half, as Newcastle took the field in the second half with an Andrew Johns try in the 43rd minute.

It was quickly contested by Manly who sent across Albert Torrens, to see the Sea Eagles trail by 16 with 30 minutes to go.

Any glimpse of hope however was quickly dashed as the Knights seized the opportunity for a field goal in the 55th minute; Andrew Johns sent one over for a 23-8 lead.

A late try by Manly's Andrew King brought the margin down to 11, however this only added fuel to the fire as the Knights recorded three tries in the final 15 minutes via Scott Conley, Glen Grief and Moodie for the double.

In what would be the final play of the game, Manly's Adam Peters crossed the stripe for a converted try, however it was too little too late for Manly, who were defeated by the Knights, 41-18.