Guerra return can’t get Knights over Magpies

By Rebecca Szabo (NSWRL)

A desperate cross-field kick after the siren helped the Western Suburbs Magpies score the match-winning try to down the Newcastle Knights 16-12. 

It was a slow, wet and slippery encounter at Cambelltown Stadium, with Josh Reynolds (Magpies) and Aiden Guerra (Knights) both making their return from injury.

Coming into lock, Guerra pushed out 40 minutes in his first game since suffering a nasty ankle injury in Round 5.

The Magpies were able to put points on the board almost immediately from the kick off after Kane Bradley leapt high to knock back a cross-field kick for Paul Momirovski to score.

The Knights responded on the back of a Magpies mistake after Kiah Cooper burst through four defenders to level the scores with Mason Lino landing the conversion to put the visitors up 6-4.

Lino was able to extend the Knights lead to 8-4 at halftime on the back of a penalty goal from right in front.

The Magpies started the second half strongly again after Momirovski grabbed his second try off a great set piece play to score in the corner.

Jock Madden converted for the Magpies to take the lead 10-8.

The Knights took a 12-10 lead on the back of two more penalty goals to Lino but the Magpies refused to give up with Reynolds doing everything he could to spark something in attack for his team to get them home.

With 30 seconds left on the clock the Magpies got the ball back through a goal line dropout before putting up a high cross-field kick for Bradley to score the match-winner.