FINAL SCORE: Knights 14-12 Sea Eagles
The nib Newcastle Knights have defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 14-12 in an incredibly gutsy performance at Lottoland.
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Sunday 7:26pm: And that just about does us for another week! We'll be back for Round 9's clash with the Eels at McDonald Jones Stadium! Until then, signing off, Knights Media.
Sunday 7:25pm: The winner's circle never sounded so good!
Sunday 7:03pm: Adam O'Brien has his say following today's win.
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Sunday 6:55pm: Some huge efforts from our boys in the middle. Click here for our full stats piece.
Sunday 6:26pm: Re-live all the moments that mattered in a tense win at Lottoland.
Match Highlights: Knights sink Manly in brutal battle
Sunday 6:19pm: Some huge Fantasy scores this week, with plenty of coaches set to be pleased with some of our scores. Click here for the full list.
Sunday 6:15pm: We only scored two tries today, but they were absolute beauties!
Watch: McCullough scores from dummy-half
Watch: Halves link as Mann scores screamer
Sunday 6:05pm: An incredible defensive display from our boys tonight, here's all the best shots! Click here if you're on the app.
FULL TIME | A gutsy win in the Northern Beaches.
80' | BUNKER!!!!!! We're checking a possible penalty try after Manly almost went the length on the last play!
79' | Manly will get one last chance, however they will need to go 90 metres.
78' | The Knights hold firm!!! Big runs from Hoy and Guerra may just be enough to see the boys home.
77' | PENALTY MANLY. The Sea Eagles will get one last chance to assault the Knights line.
76' | KNOCK ON MANLY! The Knights receive another life-line, with their defence holding firm. This has been an incredible gutsy effort from the red-and-blue defence.
75' | The challenge is successful. Another set on the line for Manly.
75' | Manly are challenging a knock on call against Cherry-Evans.
74' | A six again call presents a huge chance.
74' | A Mitchell Pearce high tackle puts Manly right back on the attack. Huge set of six coming up.
73' | Tex Hoy takes a challenging bomb. Some strong runs get the Knights out of trouble.
71' | The Knights challenge the call of knock on, however are unsuccessful.
71' | The Knights hand the ball over a few metres out from the Manly line.
70' | Manly make an error, halting their momentum. Knights with a chance to strike back here.
69' | Tex Hoy has gone to fullback, with Kurt Mann shifting to centre and Bradman Best to the wing.
69' | The Knights are now working the ball out of trouble, with this small Lottoland crowd making plenty of noise.
68' | NO TRY! Score remains 14-12 Knights, however, Kalyn Ponga has come from the field for a HIA.
68' | BUNKER. We're off to the bunker with Daly Cherry-Evans claiming a try. The on-field call is try.
67' | Garrick makes no mistake with the conversion. Big finish coming up. Knights 14-12 Sea Eagles.
66' | Try Sea-Eagles. The Manly pressure finally results in points, with Cade Just crossing for the Maroon and Whites.
65' | A six-again call puts Manly right on the attack.
64' | Enari Tuala is pinged for a forward pass, inviting more pressure.
63' | Manly claw some field position back through a clever Cherry-Evans kick, however the carries from the Knights pack remain strong.
62' | The Knights have settled into this second half now, and are beginning to win back the yardage battle after Manly dominated the early exchanges.
60' | NO TRY is the call!
60' | BUNKER. Manly cross through Cade Cust, however the call is no try.
59' | The Knights find touch, relieving the pressure they're under and slowing the game down. It's been a frantic second half.
56' | Ponga again does incredible well to escape his own in goal! The Knights are holding firm under huge Manly pressure.
55' | Incredible defence from the Knights whilst under immense pressure! The boys are carrying the ball out of trouble now.
54' | ENARI WITH A TRY SAVER! Manly looked certain to score!
53' | Some incredible scramble defends holds the Eagles at bay, however a line drop out will see the knights forced to see out another set.
52' | Manly right on the attack now.
49' | Kalyn Ponga does incredibly well to get out of his own in-goal under immense pressure, and earns a penalty as a result.
46' | The a great Knights set comes to nothing, with Manly given a relieving penalty deep inside their red zone.
45' | The Knights defend well, and are rewarded with decent field position.
45' | A Pearce grubber is taken by the Sea Eagles, who will now come of trouble.
43' | Ponga takes a tricky Cherry-Evans bomb, and the Knights are rewarded with a set restart.
41' | A solid opening set, with Manly forced to bring the ball out of their own 10
40' | We're back underway.
40' | TRY IS AWARDED!!! Kurt Mann grabs one right before the break in a spectacular effort! Ponga converts. Knights 14-6 Sea Eagles.
40' | BUNKER! Kurt Mann has crossed, however we're off to the bunker.
39' | A set restart gives the Knights one last chance in this first half
39' | In an encouraging sign, Mata'utia has walked from the field under his own steam, however it seems unlikely he will play a further part in this game.
38' | Sione Mata'utia has gone down with what appears to be a concussion.
37' | A smart Pearce kick relieves the pressure on the Knights, finding touch just outside the Manly try line.
36' | The Sea-Eagles blow their chance on the first tackle, with a Cade Cast pass sailing right into touch
35' | Ponga spills a Manly bomb, giving the Sea Eagles a full set inside our 20.
34' | A Kalyn Ponga bomb sails far to deep, giving the Sea Eagles a 7 tackle set from the 20m restart.
32' | Manly coming out of trouble. The game is turning into a real dogfight, fought brutally between both forward packs.
31' | A great Daly Cherry-Evans kick puts the Knights on the back foot, however the boys return serve with a great set of their own.
30' | The Manly defences holds firm, however the Knights threw little at them in that set.
28' | DROP OUT. The Knights again turn the screws, with Mann forcing a line drop out with a clever grubber kick.
27' | DROP OUT. Kurt Mann again comes close to scoring, however the ball is forced for a line drop out.
26' | PENALTY. Manly are caught offside, giving the Knights another set.
25' | PENALTY. The Knights earn a relieving kick-for-touch, and will have a full set on the attack.
23' | A great set after points for the Sea Eagles, finding touch inside the Knights 10.
22' | Garrick makes no mistake with the conversion. Knights 8-6 Sea Eagles
21' | Try Manly. Daly Cherry Evans steps some loose Knights defence to hit back for the Sea Eagles. Knights 8-4 Sea Eagles.
19' | ERROR. Enari Tuala spills a ball in the ruck, giving the Sea Eagles a big chance inside the Knights 20.
18' | Manly are again happy to enter an arm wrestle for field position, forcing the Knights to kick from deep inside their own half.
17' | Daly Cherry-Evans has returned to the field, with Manly right on the attack. Knights bringing the ball out of trouble now.
15' | Pearce elects to kick early after points, however the Knights give away a penalty, piggy backing the Eagles out of trouble.
15' | KP makes no mistake! Knights 8-0 Sea Eagles.
14' | TRY KNIGHTS!!!! Andrew McCullough crosses after a wave of Newcastle pressure! His first try in Knights colours! Knights 6-0 Sea Eagles
13' | SCRUM PENLATY! The Knights earn a differential penalty after an infringement in Manly's own scrum feed!
12' | NO TRY! Tex Hoy crosses, however the play is called back for a forward pass!
11' | ERROR. Manly again turn the ball over to the Knights in good field position.
10' | A great set from the Knights, with Manly being made to bring the ball out of their own 10m zone.
9' | The Knights earn a set restart after a slow play the ball.
8' | PENALTY GOAL! KP makes no mistake. Knights 2-0 Sea Eagles.
7' | SIN BIN! Daly Cherry-Evans has been sent for 10 minutes after he was deemed to have held Lachlan Fitzgibbon off the ball. Kalyn Ponga has elected to take a shot at goal as a result of the ensuing penalty.
7' | The bunker is investigating a possible professional foul as Fitzgibbon was checked in his chase for the ball.
7' | DROP OUT. Fitzgibbon comes close to scoring, however the Knights will have another opportunity to build some pressure with Manly forcing the ball for a line drop out.
7' | Hoy has slotted straight into Lee's position on the left wing.
6' | Edrick Lee is being treated for what appears to be an injury to his hand or wrist. Tex Hoy is set to enter the fray.
6' | DROP OUT. A neat Pearce grubber traps Moses Suli in his own in goal. Full set coming for the Knights.
5' | ERROR! Manly turn the ball over, with a Knights scrum feed 15 metres out from the Manly line.
4' | A much better set from the Knights, trapping Manly in their red zone.
3' | Manly are winning the early yardage battle, with Daly Cherry Evans finding touch with an attacking kick inside the Knights 20.
2' | Mitchell Pearce's kick finds Garrick on his 30m line.
1' | A good first set from the Sea Eagles, with the small crowd in attendance providing plenty of noise. Knights working the ball out of their end.
0' | We're underway at Lottoland! Knights 0-0 Sea Eagles
Sunday 4:00pm: The warm-ups are done and the two teams are getting their last words from the Coaches. We will be kicking off. Letssssss go!
Sunday 3:47pm: Warmed up and ready to go!
Sunday 3:05pm: LATE MAIL | We're 1-17 for today's clash with the Sea Eagles.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Sione Mata'utia, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Tex Hoy, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Pasami Saulo.
Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Tevita Funa, 6. Lachlan Croker, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Cade Cust, 15. Jack Gosiewski, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Taniela Paseka.
Sunday 2:20pm: The boys are here and the conditions couldn't be better for some Sunday afternoon footy! Late Mail in less than an hour.
Sunday 1:32pm: A wonderful day for rugby league here at Lottoland! Late Mail coming at 3:05pm!
Sunday 9:40am: It's Game-Day! We're headed to the Northern Beaches to take on the Sea Eagles. Lets get it.
Saturday 4.05pm: SQUAD UPDATE | Coach Adam O'Brien has updated his squad ahead of Sunday's game.
Playmaker Phoenix Crossland and forward Josh King come off the bench.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Sione Mata'utia, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Tex Hoy, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Pasami Saulo, 18. Tautau Moga, 19. Brodie Jones
Saturday 4:00pm: Adam O'Brien has addressed the media ahead of tomorrow's game, here's what he had to say.
AOB: Big men test, halves battle, Best return
Friday 4:00pm: It's been a big week on the training paddock, with the boys ripping in ahead of our huge Sunday afternoon clash with Manly. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!
Friday 10:00am: Both Adam O'Brien and Des Hasler have named their 21-man squads for Sunday afternoon, with both coaches looking to bounce back from last-start losses. The squads are as follows:
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Sione Mata'utia, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Tex Hoy, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Aidan Guerra, 17. Pasami Saulo, 18. Tautau Moga, 19. Brodie Jones, 20. Phoenix Crossland, 21. Josh King.
SEA EAGLES: 1. Reuben Garrick, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Tevita Funa, 6. Lachlan Croker, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Cade Cust, 15. Jack Gosiewski, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Taniela Paseka, 18. Morgan Boyle, 19. Brendan Elliot, 20. Abbas Miski, 21. Haumole Olakau'atu
Friday 9:00am: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Lottoland in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Keep it glued here from start to finish on Game-Day, with live scores, blow by blow updates, late mail and behind the scenes news, photos and videos.