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Match Highlights: Knights roll Tigers


Sunday 7:26pm: The Coach and Captain have each given their say on today's win. View the full presser below.

Captain and Coach breakdown Tigers win

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Sunday 6:46pm: Mitchell Pearce cleaned up in the Fantasy stakes, picking up a whopping 75 points! Click here to see how the rest of the boys went.

Sunday 6:45pm: The camera got quite the workout today, and the boys look strong as ever. View the full gallery below or click here if you're on the app!

Sunday 6:43pm: What a win that was from our boys! A 42-24 victory at an empty Leichhardt Oval. Re-live all the best moments below!

Match Highlights: Knights roll Tigers

FULL TIME | We're 2/2 in 2020 

77' | TRY KNIGHTS!! Connor Watson crosses and puts the icing on the cake! KP is waved away. Knights 42-24 Tigers

76' | A scuffle sees the Knights awarded a penalty.

75' | Lachlan Fitzgibbon muscles up with some big defence, eventually forcing an error

74' | The Knights are awarded a penalty, which will surely see them home.

68' | TRY KNIGHTS!!! The points keep coming, with Enari Tuala diving on a lovely Mitchell Pearce grubber to score his second. Knights with breathing space now, with KP's conversion giving them a 14 point lead. Knights 38-24 Tigers

66' | The Knights force a line drop out with a lovely grubber and chase from Kalyn Ponga.

65' | TRY KNIGHTS!!! Mitchell Pearce steps a couple of tired defenders to cross for the Knights. Kalyn Ponga's conversion is successful. Knights 32-24 Tigers

64' | The decision is no try.

64' | Herman Ese'ese crosses, but we're off to the bunker. With the big screen here at the ground currently not working, we will need to wait for the referee to confirm their decision.

62' | Joey Leilua loses the ball coming out of trouble for the Tigers, with Edrick Lee forcing the error. This is a golden chance for the Knights to give themselves breathing space

60' | We're entering the final quarter with very little to seperate the two sides. The Knights will really need to dig deep.

58' | TRY TIGERS. Luciano Leilua crosses for the black and gold, ensuring a tight final quarter. Marshall converts. Knights 26-24 Tigers

57' | The Tigers are awarded a series of penalties on the Knights line

56' | A great Corey Thompson kick return puts the Tigers deep on the attack. The No.1 would've crossed if it weren't for an unbelievable effort from Mitchell Pearce to run him down.

55' | After a chaotic start to the half, the game has settled back down. The next try will prove incredibly decisive.

52' | A frantic piece of play ends in a Tigers penalty, with Enari Tuala unlucky not scoop a loose ball to score

50' | TRY KNIGHTS!!!!! KP strolls over untouched after a bad Tigers read, hitting back almost immediately. Ponga misses from the sideline. Knights 26-18 Tigers

49' | DEFENCE! The Knights muscle up off the kick-off, forcing the Tigers into their own in-goal and earning a line drop-out

48' | The try is awarded, with Josh Reynolds racing away after a Knights error. Benji Marshall converts. Knights 22-18 Tigers

48' | The Tigers strike back through Josh Reynolds, however we're off to the bunker

44' | TRY KNIGHTS!!! Edrick Lee takes a Mitchell Pearce bomb on the full to stroll over untouched! His second try for the season, and the perfect start to the second half. Knights 22-12 Tigers

43' | Kalyn Ponga does well to scoop up a Tigers grubber, and the Knights are back in possesion

42' | The Knights fail to complete their first set, handing the ball over on the halfway line.

40' | We're back underway for the final 40

Sunday 4:58pm: INJURY UPDATE | Mitch Barnett has picked up a stinger, and looks unlikely to return.

HALF-TIME | We lead at the change of ends.

40' | TRY TIGERS. The black and gold side cross through Corey Thompson. Benji Marshall converts. Knights 18-12 Tigers

39' | The Tigers earn a penalty, giving them one more set before the break.

36' | Ponga makes no mistake with the penalty goal. Knights 18-6 Tigers

35' | A penalty in front of the posts presents a gift two points for the Knights, with Mitchell Pearce electing to take the shot.

35' | The Tigers turn the ball over in their red zone, gifting the Knights a full set

33' | The Knights goal line defence again turns the Tigers away.

32' | The Knights make another error, inviting the Tigers back into their half

31' | The Tigers turn the ball over almost immediately. However, Mitch Barnett has come from the field nursing an injury.

30' | A coach-killing penalty is given away on the last by the Knights, gifting the Tigers a full set in the Knights half.

30' | The Knights muscle up in defence, with Jayden Brailey making a number of great tackles

29' | Kalyn Ponga does extremely well to take a bomb 10 metres out from his own line.

28' | The Knights again hand the ball over in good field position. 

27' | The game settles down, turning into an arm wrestle. The Knights remain in control.

24' | TRY KNIGHTS!!! Lachlan Fitzgibbon runs into a yawning hole, drawing the fullback and sending Kurt Mann into score! Kalyn Ponga's conversion is successful. Knights 16-6 Tigers

23' | Some resolute Knights defence forces a turnover, with the Knights now bringing the ball out of trouble

21' | A strong set and nice kick earn the Tigers a repeat set

9' | Joey Leilua makes an unforced error, letting the Knights off the hook

18' | The Knights make an error coming out of trouble, gifting the Tigers a set inside their half

16' | The Tigers have clearly been boosted by those four points, surging downfield and handing the ball over in the Knights corner.

14' | TRY TIGERS. David Nofoaluma snaps an intercept and runs the length of the field to score against the run of play. Benji Marshall converts. Knights 10-6 Tigers

13' | The Knights are right on top now, winning the arm wrestle with ease. The Tigers are struggling to work the ball out of their end.

11' | The boys look and sound on here, with most of the on-field talk coming from the side in red and blue

10' | PENALTY TRY!!! Mitch Barnett is tackled chasing a grubber, and was certain to score. The bunker awards it, with Kalyn Ponga converting from in front. Knights 10-0 Tigers

10' | We're back to the bunker, with a potential penalty try!

8' | Penalty Knights. The Tigers are caught offside, sending the Knights on the attack

7' | We're back underway, with the Knights completing a nice set after points.

6' | IT'S A TRY!!! The bunker awards our first points of the afternoon, with Enari Tuala picking up the try. Kalyn Ponga's conversion is unsuccesful. Knights 4-0 Tigers

6' | Enari Tuala crosses! We're off to the bunker with the on-field decision of try.

5' | Enari Tuala does well to scoop up a loose ball, giving the Knights a better start to their set. The red and blue are now in a position to attack.

3' | The Tigers pin us in our own end, however a nice Pearce kick ensures the Tigers are handed the ball in the same spot as before.

2' | The Tigers return serve with a strong set, with the Knights forced to work it out of their red zone.

1' | A strong first set of six for the Knights, completing the set and handing it over on the Tigers 30m line.

0' | We're underway at Leichhardt Oval! Knights 0-0 Tigers

Sunday 3:56pm: The warm-up's complete and the boys are ready. Lesssssssss go Newcastle!

Sunday 3:25pm: We're 40 minutes from kick off at a sun-bathed Leichhardt Oval. It really is a perfect day for Rugby League, with little-to-no wind and not a cloud in the sky. While there's no crowd, we still hear you! Be sure to send us your best pictures watching at home, and we might even publish them here in the blog! Lets do this Knights fans!

Sunday 3:15pm: The Tigers have confirmed their 17. They will line up like this:

1. Corey Thompson, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joseph Leilua, 4. Adam Doueihi, 5. Robert Jennings, 6. Benji Marshall, 7. Josh Reynolds, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Billy Walters, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Elijah Taylor, 14. Thomas Mikaele, 16. Zane Musgrove, 17. Chris Lawrence, 18. Michael Chee-Kam

Sunday 3:05pm: LATE MAIL | We're 1-17 for today's game, with the team unchanged from last week.

1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Herman Ese'ese, 14. Connor Watson, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Tim Glasby 17. Aidan Guerra

Sunday 2:55pm: The coin toss has been run and won, with the Knights winning the toss and electing to receive the ball. We will run left to right in the first half.

Sunday 2:52pm: The boys have arrived, and we're ready to go. Late Mail coming in around 10 minutes!

Sunday 2:16pm: You might not be here, but the players can still hear you. View the construction of your wall of support below!

Your words. Your Pics. You are with us.

Sunday 1:42pm: Not much longer until kick off! Which means Late Mail is coming in a bit over an hour. Keep it glued here to be the first to find out who's taking the field!

Sunday 10:15am: ICYMI | The boys looked sharp at Captain's Run yesterday. View the full gallery from Knights HQ below or click here if you're on the app!

Sunday 10:10am: It's Game-Day! We're taking on the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval, and it is a truly gorgeous day for Rugby League. Keep it glued here for all the latest updates before the game, including Late Mail, coin toss, warm up and more!

Saturday 4:05pm: SQUAD REDUCTION | Adam O'Brien has made some changes to the side, with Sione Mata'utia and Mason Lino dropping off the extended bench.

Our squad is now as follows:

1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Mitch Barnett, 13. Herman Ese'ese, 14. Connor Watson, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Tim Glasby 17. Aidan Guerra, 18. Pasami Saulo, 19. Starford To'a.

Saturday 4:05pm: The Tigers have reduced their squad! Click here to see who we're up against.

Saturday 1:00pm: ICYMI | The boys wrapped up their final hit out this morning at Knights HQ, with Coach Adam O'Brien facing the media (from a distance) shortly after. Watch the full interview below:

AOB: Tigers prep and unpredictable threats

Saturday 12:00pm: Welcome to our official Match-Day Blog for our Round Two clash with the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. Check back here for all the latest both today and on game day, including live scores, blow by blow updates, breaking news, squad reduction, late mail, behind the scenes clips, photos and more.