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Knights hold out fast finishing Rabbitohs

FINAL SCORE: Knights 20-18 Rabbitohs

The nib Newcastle Knights have held out a fast finishing South Sydney outfit to claim a vital 20-18 win at Bankwest Stadium.

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Saturday 9:00pm: And that'll just about do us here from Bankwest Stadium! We hope you have finger nails left because we sure don't, but two points is two points! See you next week for our clash with the Bulldogs at McDonald Jones Stadium. Signing off, Knights Media.

Saturday 9:00pm: Aidan Guerra has a chat with us after completing his 200th game!

Guerra: 200 games, Barnett influence and dramatic finish

Saturday 8:42pm: The boss and KP have had their say!

AOB & KP: Barnett return, nail-biter win, goal-kicking

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Saturday 8:26pm: Some big performances from our outside backs tonight! Click below for the full stats piece!

Numbers: Electric outside backs and barnstorming forwards

Saturday 7:51pm: What a win! A vital two points as we move into the top four. Re-live every moment that mattered below.

Highlights: Knights in top four after vital Bankwest win

Saturday 7:46pm: While we're sure AOB will be happy with his performance, Fantasy coaches everywhere will be just as stoked with Kalyn Ponga! What a performance. Click below for the full list!

Fantasy: Electric Ponga top scores again

Saturday 7:38pm: Another couple of gems with KP's fingert prints all over them!

Ponga beats Walker on the outside

Ponga provides for Best

Saturday 7:30pm: What a game at Bankwest! View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!

FULL-TIME | A nervous finish, but we take the two points back to Newy!

78' | THE KNIGHTS HOLD FIRM! Great defence with the game on the line. Knights with the ball now 30m out from their own line.

77' | Challenge is unsuccessful. Big chance for Souths now.

76' | ERROR. The Knights spill the ball through Hymel Hunt, however there Knights will challenge the call. It's a massive decision, with the error taking place just 20m out from the Knights line.

75' | Big defence from South Sydney, bundling Tau Moga into touch to stay in the game.

74' | The challenge is unsuccessful! Big chance for the Knights now.

74' | ERROR! The Bunnies spill it on the first tackle, but they're challenging the call!!!!

73' | Another Rabbitohs try, with Cook grabbing a double. Grandstand finish coming here at Bankwest Stadium. Knights 20-18 Rabbitohs.

73' | The Rabbitohs cross again! It's Damien Cook again, but we're off to the bunker.

72' | It's an extremely nervy final eight minutes here at Bankwest. All the running is with the Rabbitohs.

71' | NO TRY!! George Burgess spills the ball over the line! The Knights have massively been let off the hook.

70' | ERROR. David Klemmer spills a pass, and the Bunnies are back on the attack with all the running.

70' The Knights need a positive set here. All the momentum is suddenly with the Rabbitohs as we enter the final 10 minutes.

68' | Souths go back to back through Damien Cook. Big finish coming up. Knights 20-12 Souths.

66' | Try Souths, with the Bunnies hitting back through Mark Nicholls. Adam Reynolds converts. Knights 20-6 Rabbitohs.

66' | Souths earn six more tackles on the Knights line.

65' | A comedy of errors from both sides here, with Souths turning the ball over to Kurt Mann, who surged forward before making an error of his own. Souths deep on the attack now.

64' | A better set from Souths, however a big charge from Jacob Saifiti puts the Knights back on the front foot.

63' | The challenge is again successful. Souths to play the ball 30m out from their own line.

63' | More big defence from Mitch Barnett, forcing another Souths error! However the Rabbitohs have elected the challenge the call of knock on.

62' | Souths muscle up with a quality defensive set, keeping the Knights at bay despite having plenty thrown at them.

61' | The challenge is successful! Big chance coming up for the Knights!

61' | Souths receive a penalty for a play-the-ball infringement, however Mitchell Pearce has opted to challenge the call.

60' | A positive Newcastle set, with Pearce finding touch 20m out from the Souths line.

59' | ERROR. Alex Johnson spills the ball for the Bunnies, 20m out from the Newcastle line.

58' | PENALTY SOUTHS. The Bunnies will get their chance after the Knights are penalised for a strip.

58' | Pasami Saulo has left the field for a HIA. Meanwhile, metres are still coming easily for the Knights, while Souths struggle to bring the ball out of trouble.

55' | Great scramble from Knights to again deny Souths when they looked certain to score. Knights will receive a scrum feed 10 out from their own line.

54' | The Knights complete their set after points, and Souths now have it on the halfway line midway through their set.

53' | Ponga makes no mistake this time! Knights 20-0 Rabbitohs

52' | Another penalty to Newcastle, this time opting to take the two points from right in front.

51' | PENALTY KNIGHTS, with Souths trapped for an infringement in the play-the-ball.

50' | Ponga's kick is again waved away. It remains 18-0.

49' | Three letters. Four points. IT'S A TRY!!! Bradman crosses off a slick Ponga grubber kick! Knights 18-0 Rabbitohs

48' | A great set from Newcastle, with Ponga forcing a line drop out. The No.1 has been electric so far tonight.

46' | Some BIG defence from Bradman Best puts James Roberts into touch! Great chance for the Knights coming up.

45' | Some good Knights scramble sees Jaydn Su'A held up over the line. Knights with the ball but the Bunnies looking better after the break.

44' | ERROR. Pasami Saulo makes the first mistake of the half, putting Souths on the front foot early in this second stanza.

43' | Souths respond with a decent set of their own, handing the ball over in similar territory.

41' | A positive first set from the Knights, with Pearce finding touch just inside the 20. 

40' | We're back underway at Bankwest. Knights 14-0 Rabbitohs

Saturday 6:20pm: Our attack has been on song so far tonight, here's two of our tries so far!

Watch: Best flick creates for Tuala

Watch: Halves combine for short-side try

HALF-TIME | A positive start at Bankwest!

39' | Souths knock the ball on with the line wide open!

38' | Souths receive another penalty for offside.

38' | A couple of six again calls and offside penalty will give Souths a massive chance to hit back before the break.

36' | Connor Watson is poleaxed in a massive tackle. Rabbitohs now with the ball in decent field position as they look to get back in this game.

35' | ERROR. Souths spill the pill on the first tackle, letting Newcastle off the hook.

35' | Penalty Souths, with Pearce pinged for a high tackle. Souths will now have a full set inside the Knights 10.

33' | Tuala spills a low pass from Bradman Best, however he would've been away if he took it. Souths with good field position now.

33' | Ponga does well to scramble and prevent another Reynolds 40/20.

32' | MITCH BARNETT IS ON FIRE IN DEFENCE! A massive hit on Alex Johnson!

31' | Souths respond with a positive set, however it is still one way traffic here.

30' | Terrific set after points for Newcastle, with Pearce kicking deep into the corner.

30' | Ponga is waved away from out wide. 

29' | A KP SPECIAL!!! Ponga slices through some feeble Souths defence to race 30 metres and score! HE'S BACK BABY! Knights 14-0 Rabbitohs

29' | KP scores a stunner! But we're off to the bunker!

28' | Kurt Mann charges down a Souths kick, with Watson picking up the scraps. Good attacking chance for the Knights here.

26' | Souths muscle up in defence, while Connor Watson enters the fray for Newcastle.

26' | The call goes in the Knights favour, with the red and blue to receive a scrum feed 10 out from their own line.

26' | We're headed to the bunker, with a check for a professional foul. The call is no try.

25' | Adam Reynolds nails a 40/20, giving Souths a chance to hit back.

23' | The Knights look dangerous down the right edge, however a rushed flick pass from Moga finds touch, forcing a Knights handover.

22' | ERROR! Souths drop the ball and the Knights go right on the attack! Mitch Barnett with an instant impact in the defensive line.

22' | Both sides settle into an arm wrestle, however metres are still coming easily for the Knights.

20' | Tuala does well to come forward to a Reynolds bomb. A better set from Souths, with Damien Cook looking dangerous out of dummy half.

19' | A terrific set from the Knights, with charges from Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Hymel Hunt getting Newcastle just metres out from the Rabbitohs line, before Guerra was trapped just centimetres out on the last.

18' | A good defensive set from Newcastle, with Souths only making 35 metres.

17' | Herman Ese'ese puts the ball down on the second tackle. Knights had all the momentum, but Souths will now receive possession 10 metres out from their own line.

16' | MITCHELL PEARCE HAS NAILED A 40/20!!!!

15' | Ponga's kick is waved away. It remains Knights 10-0 Rabbitohs

14' | TRYYYYYY!!! We're in again through Kurt Mann!!!! Knights 10-0 Rabbitohs

13' | Another six-again call and easy metres for the Knights

12' | Ponga's kick is successful! Knights 6-0 Rabbitohs

11' | TRY!!!!!!!! Enari Tuala crosses for first points!! Knights 4-0 Rabbitohs

10' | A six-again call puts Newcastle deep on the attack.

9' | Adam Reynolds follows Pearce's lead, booting a grubber far too deep on the last. Knights with the ball now following a 20m restart.

8' | The set ends terribly, with Pearce's kick running dead and James Roberts making a huge line break off the ensuing 20m restart. Souths right on the attack now.

7' | ERROR! Good pressure from Tuala who forces a Souths mistake. Knights on the attack.

6' | Another quality set from the Knights, turning the ball over through a Pearce bomb which was taken on the South Sydney 10m line.

5' | A great start from the Knights here, who are already threatening early on. Souths have struggled to make metres out of their own territory.

4' | LINE BREAK! A magical pass from Pearce releases Enari Tuala, who traces 70 metres before being caught. Souths now bringing the ball out of their own end.

3' | Hymel Hunt does well to take a Reynolds bomb under pressure. Knights beginning their set deep in their own territory.

3' | A poor set in attack from the Knights, ending with Tau Moga being trapped with the ball on the last. Souths with the ball now, bringing it out of trouble.

1' | ERROR! Souths fail to complete their first set, and the Knights will receive a scrum feed 40 metres out in the centre of the field.

0' | Kalyn Ponga gets us underway at Bankwest Stadium! Knights 0-0 Rabbitohs

Saturday 5:25pm: All the stats that matter! Kick off in five minutes!

Saturday 5:20pm: Kick off in ten. Lets do this Knights fans!!!! Final team lists are below.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Alex Johnston
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 James Roberts
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Tautau Moga
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Corey Allan
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Andrew McCullough
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Jacob Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Ethan Lowe
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Aidan Guerra
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Herman Ese'ese

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Mitchell Barnett
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Sione Mata'utia

Saturday 5:15pm: Bring it.

Saturday 4:38pm: The toss has been run and won, with the Knights kicking off and running left to right in the opening half.

Saturday 4:30pm: LATE MAIL | We're 1-17 for tonight's clash with South Sydney, with Josh King and Phoenix Crossland dropping off the extended bench.

LATE MAIL: Brought to you by our Club 17

KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Enari Tuala, 3. Tautau Moga, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Mitch Barnett, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Sione Mata'utia.

Meanwhile, South Sydney will also line up 1-17.

RABBITOHS: 1. Alex Johnston, 2. Jaxson Paulo, 3. James Roberts, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Corey Allan, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. Junior Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jaydn Su'A, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls, 15. Hame Sele, 16. Bayley Sironen, 17. Patrick Mago.

Saturday 3:52pm: The boys are here and temp checks have been completed! Late Mail in less than 40 minutes.

Saturday 3:05pm: It's Aidan Guerra's 200th. Here's the best of his stellar career so far:

Guerra 200: The best of his career so far

Saturday 3:05pm: ICYMI | Adam O'Brien has addressed the media ahead of tonight's game. Here's what he had to say:

AOB: Criticism, JSaf, Pearce's knee, finishing sets

Saturday 2:53pm: The Parramatta sun is shining and the pitch is looking fantastic, presenting picture-perfect rugby league conditions. Late Mail coming very soon!

Saturday 2:52pm: Game-Day. Let's get it.

Friday 5:30pm: SQUAD REDUCTION | Adam O’Brien has trimmed his list ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with South Sydney, with Tex Hoy and Gehamat Shibasaki coming off the extended bench. 

The rest of the squad remains unchanged.

The final 17 will be confirmed one hour prior to kick-off.

KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Enari Tuala, 3. Tautau Moga, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Mitch Barnett, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Sione Mata'utia, 19. Josh King, 20. Phoenix Crossland.

Meanwhile, Wayne Bennett has cut Steven Marsters and ex-Knight Cory Denniss from his original 21-man squad.

RABBIOTHS: 1. Alex Johnston, 2. Jaxson Paulo, 3. James Roberts, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Corey Allan, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. Junior Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jaydn Su'A, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Cameron Murray, 14. Mark Nicholls, 15. Hame Sele, 16. Bayley Sironen, 17. Patrick Mago, 18. Jack Johns, 19. Kurt Dillon.

Friday 10:00am: It's been a massive week on the training paddock, with the boys stepping things up a notch in an effort to re-enter the winner's circle. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!

Friday 10:00am: Earlier this week, Adam O'Brien and Wayne Bennett named 21-man squads for Sunday's game. They are as follows:

KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Enari Tuala, 3. Tautau Moga, 4. Bradman Best, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Kurt Mann, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Connor Watson, 15. Mitch Barnett, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Sione Mata'utia, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Josh King, 20. Phoenix Crossland, 21. Gehamat Shibasaki

RABBITOHS: 1. Alex Johnston, 2. Jaxson Paulo, 3. James Roberts, 4. Dane Gagai, 5. Corey Allan, 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds (c), 8. Junior Tatola, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Jaydn Su'A, 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Cameron Murray. Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls, 15. Hame Sele, 16. Bayley Sironen, 17. Patrick Mago, 18. Jack Johns, 19. Kurt Dillon, 20. Steven Marsters, 21. Cory Denniss

Friday 10:00am: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog ahead of Saturday night's clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium. 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.