The nib Newcastle Knights have been defeated 26-16 by a powerful Melbourne Storm outfit on the Sunshine Coast.
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Score: Storm 26 - Knights 16
FULL-TIME: Storm get the W at home.
78' Pearce cross field kick for Tuala. The winger has it but taken into touch at the Storm 40m by Hynes.
76' Hunt taken into touch by a big Storm defensive effort
75' Ponga misses the goal. Storm lead 26-16
74' Mann puts the ball on the toe and Tuala crosses in the corner for a try.
71' Pearce's kick is taken by the Storm and they work out of their red zone.
70' Two penalties in a row. Knights take the tap.
68' Munster goal. Storm lead 26-12
67' Moga with a missed tackle on Faasuamaleaui and the big unit runs away, past Ponga and past Moga again to score the try. Storm leads 24-12 KTC.
66' Best under pressure on tackle three and loses the ball at his 40m.
65' Storm kick to the corner on the last. Vunivalu comes down with the ball and Tuala forces the ball out. Huge play. Bunker says - No try.
64' Storm restart play and allow the ball to bounce and go over the dead ball. Line drop out.
64' Ponga kicks the goal. Storm lead 20-12.
62' Ponga to the line an he finds Guerra short. Try time. 20-10 with a kick to come.
61' Pearce with the grubber and the Storm plant the ball in goal. Line drop out coming up.
59' Crossland dives on a kick. Knights gain a penalty for offside.
58' Storm complete and bomb to Ponga. Knights working out of their own 10m.
55' Munster penalty goal. Storm lead 206.
53' Knights penalised on the last for offside. They will take the two.
52' Best forward pass at halfway. Storm scrum. Hynes on for the Storm.
UPDATE: Jahrome Hughes has limped off the field
52' Knights force the error after the tap and we're off the hook
51' Bradman Best down getting his ankle strapped
SIN BIN: Pasami Saulo has been sent for 10.
50' Saulo takes the legs of Hughes as he gets the kick away. Penalty to the Storm.
49' Bromwich comes up with a dropped ball. Knights scrum inside their 40m.
48' Moga drops the ball from dummy half on the last.
46' Vunivalu takes the Pearce bomb and runs 40m. Ponga with another try saver.
44' Ponga with the cross-field kick on the last. Hunt and Addo-Carr go for it and the Fox has tapped it dead. Line drop out.
42' Storm run it on the last and hand the ball over 2m from the Knights line, Crossland taken high by Hughes. Penalty to the Knights.
41' Storm kick things off and times is off on tackle two after Kenny Bromwich takes a knock in defence. Pearce gets the kick away to complete the set.
HALF-TIME | We trail at the change of ends.
40' Munster takes the penalty goal on offer to extend the lead 18-6.
39' Seve knocks on at the Knights 20m. Crossland loses the ball. Things are scrappy but the Storm are on the attack. There's a kick. Knights have touched the ball off the hand of Guerra and an offside player has jumped on the ball.
38' Storm strip the ball and on the attack inside the Knights 20m.
UPDATE: Cameron Smith off injured. Commentators saying it's a shoulder injury.
38' Vunivalu spills the ball after a poor pass from Papenhuyzen. Knights scrum at their 10m.
37' Fitzgibbon coughs up the ball inside his 30m. Time is off for a head clash. It's Fitzgibbon and Randall.
36' Cameron Smith has gone off with a knee injury according to the commentators.
35' Munster misses the shot at goal. Storm lead 16-6.
33' Ponga kicks on the last and Papenhuyzen takes the ball and bursts through the space. He steps Ponga and runs 80m to score in the corner. 16-6 kick to come.
30' Error from Faasuamaleaui and Knights have it inside their 20m.
29' Storm break away down the short side and Kalyn Ponga with a try saver on Seve. Munster kicks for Addo-Carr and Ponga knocks it over the sideline. Huge effort from Ponga. Two massive plays.
28' Knights complete their set and Pearce bombs to the fullback.
26' Smith converts his try. Storm lead 12-6.
25' Moga with a horrible miss on Bromwich and he finds Smith on the inside. The pass was very suspect but the officials say it's fine. Smith try 10-6 with a kick to come.
24' Smith grubber on the last and it goes dead.
21' Pearce bomb on the last and Barnett smashes the fullback. Knights give a penalty away for a dangerous tackle on Brandon Smith.
20' Storm go left side to Addo-Carr and Hunt eats him up, taking him over the sideline. Scrum feed at the Knights 10m.
19' Munster through the guts. Ponga with a try saving tackle. Storm kick the following play for the corner but Tuala makes the save. Knights line drop out to come.
18' Pearce kicks on the last. Munster takes the ball and is touched by Mann. Storm penalty for contact in the air.
18' The Storm lose the ball in a tackle from Klemmer. Ref says penalty and Knights are challenging. Bunker says Bromwich has lost the ball. Knights get a scrum at halfway.
16' Knights gain set restart. That's our third. A nice step from Mann on the second tackle, left Kaufusi clutching at air. Ponga goes long for Hunt but the pass is too high and goes into touch at the Storm 10m.
14' Munster kicks early for Addo-Carr but the ball goes into touch at the Knights 20m.
13' Knights get a set restart. Attack the line but Mann's kick goes dead.
12' Mann throws an intercept to Vunivalu but shuts the winger down. Storm on the attack. Munster kicks down the throat of Ponga on the last and the Knights have the ball back.
10' Storm penalised for being inside the 10m after a Munster bomb. Knights find touch just short of halfway.
9' Ponga gets the kick away to complete the set.
8' Ponga converts the Best try. We are level 6-6.
7' Storm complete after the try and Ponga takes the bomb cleanly. The Knights earn a set restart which sees them into enemy territory for the first time in the game. Bradman Best with the run and footwork. He beats the fullback and scores a try.
5' Smith converts the try. Storm 6-0.
3' Knights give away a set restart. Tuala produces a strong tackle on Seve to shut down an attacking raid. Sadly, the following set the Storm go down the short side and Vunivalu scores off a Kaufusi pass.
2' Knights complete their first set with Pearce kicking inside his own half.
1' The Knights kick-off and run left to right in the first half. The Storm complete their first set with a kick away inside their 40m.
0' The players are on the field and in boomerang formation as we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.
Sunday 3:51pm: Warmed up and ready.
Sunday 3:45pm: A massive shoutout to our loyal Queensland members!
Sunday 3:08pm: The sun is shining and the boys are here. What a day for rugby league!
Sunday 3:05pm: LATE MAIL | Adam O'Brien has confirmed his team for today's huge clash with Melbourne, and we'll be 1-17 with no changes made since the team was named on Tuesday afternoon.
Young guns Tex Hoy and Jirah Momoisea come off the extended bench, paving the way for Phoenix Crossland and Josh King to make their first appearances of the season.
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. Chris Randall, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Herman Ese'ese.
STORM: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Marion Seve, 17. Tom Eisenhuth, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 21. Jesse Bromwich , 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 19. Nicho Hynes.
Sunday 3:05pm: Connor Watson is one player we won't be seeing today, but he had the kindness to chat to the Sunday Footy Show this morning!
Watson chats to the Sunday Footy Show
Sunday 2:26pm: Sunshine Coast, here we come. Late mail coming shortly!
Sunday 9:50am: GAME-DAY | Let's go.
Saturday 4:05pm: SQUAD UPDATE: Adam O'Brien has reduced the team list 24 hours out from our massive return match against Melbourne.
Development player Mat Croker and five-eighth Mason Lino will come out of the side this week, with the rest of the squad remaining unchanged.
O'Brien will finalise his 17 one hour prior to kick off tomorrow.
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. Chris Randall, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Herman Ese'ese, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Jirah Momoisea.
STORM: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Marion Seve, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 17. Tom Eisenhuth, 19. Nicho Hynes, 20. Darryn Schonig, 21. Jesse Bromwich
Saturday 12:45pm: Coach Adam O'Brien and Captain Mitchell Pearce faced the media this week. Here's what they had to say:
Pearce: Ownership, kicking, form, future
AOB: Team changes, shift in focus and rookie confidence
Saturday 12:45pm: This week, the boys will be wearing these incredible boots. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!
Watson launches 2020 Boots campaign
Saturday 12:30pm: It's been a massive week on the training paddock, with the boys ripping in to amend for last week's disastrous afternoon against the Bulldogs. New combinations are being built, with Chris Randall, Josh King and Phoenix Crossland set to feature in the team this week. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!
Saturday 12:30pm: Earlier this week, Adam O'Brien and Craig Bellamy named their 21-man squads for Sunday's game, with changes galore for both sides ahead of this vital round 12 clash.
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. Chris Randall, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Pasami Saulo, 17. Herman Ese'ese, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Jirah Momoisea, 20. Mason Lino, 21. Matt Croker.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Marion Seve, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Kenny Bromwich, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith, 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui, 16. Albert Vete, 17. Tom Eisenhuth, 18. Ryley Jacks, 19. Nicho Hynes, 20. Darryn Schonig, 21. Jesse Bromwich.
Saturday 12:30pm: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash against the Melbourne Storm at Sunshine Coast 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.