Knights end drought in Penrith

The nib Newcastle Knights secured their first win in four rounds after ending out the Panthers 20-12 at Panthers Stadium.

The Knights looked dangerous early when they got on the outside of the Panthers on the edge but a forward pass from Sione Mata'utia to Shaun Kenny-Dowall denied the visitors four minutes into the opening half.

It didn't matter. Eight minutes later the Knights went down the short side through Danny Levi who found Aidan Guerra for the opening try.

Ken Sio was unable to convert the try from the sideline.

After 18 minutes, the Knights were in again, this time courtesy of a Kalyn Ponga grubber kick for Cory Denniss.

With the wind blowing a gale, Sio was unable to convert and the score remained 8-0.


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Mistakes flowed from both teams in the ensuing minutes with a dropped ball from Nick Meaney bouncing up into the hands of Tyrone May who scored for the home side.

Nathan Cleary converted the try to reduce the margin 8-6.

A dropped ball from the Panthers on the following set saw the Knights back in possession and Meaney atoned for the earlier mistake by putting Mata'utia over.


This time Sio nailed the kick and extended the lead 14-6.

That's how the score remained at the break.

The second half was an arm wrestle with the Panthers owning the bulk of possession in the first 20 minutes to start the half.

The Knights were on the ropes with 15 minutes left on the clock when back-to-back penalties saw the Panthers claw up the field but fortunately for the away side, the Panthers were unable to hold onto the ball.

Sio seals the deal for the Knights in the 69th minute with a spectacular dive in the corner, narrowly avoiding the sideline. 

The lead was extended to 14 when Sio nailed the kick from the sideline.

The game was set to finish in wild fashion, with Danny Levi and Shaun Kenny-Dowall getting sinbinned for the Knights in the 76th minute, alongside Viliame Kikau and Tyrone May for the Panthers after an on-field incident.

However that was not all she wrote, with both sides down to 11, Wayde Egan scored on the right edge, with the conversion sucessful. The margin reduced to 8 with just a minute left on the clock.

It wasn't enough, and the Knights took victory 20-12 at Panthers Stadium.