FINAL SCORE: Knights 44-4 Tigers
The nib Newcastle Knights have won big at home with a 40-point victory over the Wests Tigers.
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Saturday 8:50pm: Re-watch every try from the match
Highlights: Tries galore in big Knights victory
Saturday 8:45pm: AOB chats to the media following our win
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Saturday 8:30pm: Kalyn Ponga and our forwards put up some big numbers tonight!
See here: Numbers: Forwards and KP put in the work
Saturday 7:50pm: All the fantasy scores retrieved from our boys!
Saturday 7:40pm: What a great team try this was by Hymel Hunt!
Hunt grabs a try for Newcastle
Saturday 7:35pm: The best shots from our big victory!
FULL TIME We take the points at McDonald Jones Stadium
78' Forward pass from the Tigers. We'll get one last crack to score.
77' That was short lived. We make a mistake 30m out from our line.
77' And the NEW-CAS-TLE chants resides across McDonald Jones Stadium as we force a handover. Music to our ears.
77' They go over the line but we hold the Tigers up! Back to the 10m line, last tackle to come.
76' Tigers retrieve the ball and are putting the pressure on
76' He's back up! You beauty
75' Just when you thought we'd get through injury-free, Starford To'a goes down...
75' Tigers try to throw the ball around but we hold steadfast. Leilua is taken into touch.
73' We turn the ball over and the Tigers make a great run down the outside. Would have been a try had it not been for some desperate defending from Mann to ground the ball.
72' A short kick-off from the Tigers ends with a knock on from our opposition. We receive the scrum feed.
71' Ponga adds the extras from close range. Knights 44-4
69' Out of the ashes rises a Phoenix! Crossland scores his first NRL try under the posts! Knights 42-4
69' A grubber kick from Marshall goes far too long. Seven tackle set to come for us.
68' Penalty given away again by the Knights. Full set to come on our line.
68' CROWD NUMBER | 2,952. Thanks to all those who came out to watch!
67' Pearce 'captain's challenges' the call. Pearce does not get the answer he wanted back though.
67' Tigers try a short grubber kick in behind the line. It ends in our hands, but a penalty is given.
66' We make good metres on our set and another good kick sets the Tigers back. Doueihi does well on the return though.
65' Doueihi puts up a high kick and although it troubles Ponga, he takes it successfully.
63' We make it past the halfway line before kicking it down inside the Tigers 10m.
62' Ponga's conversion hits the upright and bounces away. Knights 38-4
61' TRY! Shibasaki out wide after a short side play! Knights 38-4
60' Set restart for the Knights! A big chance to score another here.
60' Phoenix Crossland has made his way onto the field. Playing in hooker. Mann moved to roaming role.
59' Pearce tries a short side play and his pass forces an error from the Tigers. We'll receive the ball back 20m out from the scrum.
59' Barnett plays a short ball to J-Saf and he almost explodes through a hole.
58' Tigers trouble our defence with more halfbreaks and offloads. But they knock the ball on soon after.
57' A cross-field kick falls off a Tigers shoulder but they regather possession.
56' We receive a set restart.
55' Tigers get the ball back and make a half break. We start our set inside our 10m.
54' Brodie Jones has entered the field. Get excited.
53' M'bye finds touch with a nice kick just 5m out from our line.
53' We place a kick deep near the Tigers line.
52' A little kick from Marshall is fielded expertly by Tuala. He then runs a few more metres and puts Tigers on the back foot.
52' Tigers troubling our line at the moment.
51' We give away a penalty.
51' Pearce places a grubbering kick deep into Tigers territory.
50' To'a does well with a catch and moves it back to start our set 15m out.
49' Tigers field our kick and begin their set about 30m out.
48' Ponga converts his own try. Again. Knights 34-4
47' KP AGAIN! He gets his second after slipping the defence out wide. Knights 32-4
46' Pearce puts up a high kick and its dropped by the Tigers! Another set attacking the line.
45' Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 28-4
44' Herm goes all the way!!! He scores out wide after a bumbling effort. Knights 28-4
44' We receive a penalty. Full set to come attacking the line.
43' KP busts through the line! We're only 20m out now.
42' Tigers retain their kick, but are tackled. Handover.
41' A good first kick from the boys. Tigers start their set 15m out.
40' And we're back underway! Big 40 coming up. Knights 24-4
HALF-TIME | A good first 40!
40' | KP adds the extras! Knights 24-4 Tigers
39' | TRYYYYYYYY!!!! Jacob Saifiti charges his way over! Knights 22-4 Tigers.
38' We receive a penalty on halfway. Chance to score a try before halftime.
38' A good kick from Brooks luckily falls in the hands of Josh King close to our line.
37' Conversion is no good. Knights 18-4
36' We concede a try out wide. Luciano Leilua scores from a grubber. Knights 18-4
35' Set restart for the Tigers. We're defending our line.
34' Well that didn't last long. We give it back to them with an error.
34' But in even better news for us, a knock-on sees us regain possession!
33' He's back up and seems to be alright. Good news for the Tigers.
33' Nofoaluma goes down with what could be an injury.
32' We give it back to the Tigers with a kick. But they make their way near halfway.
31' Tigers make a nice break down the right edge. Their last tackle kick ends in the hands of Pearce 5m out.
30' We put in a dangerous cross field kick, but it's well taken from Nofoaluma. Then we give them a set restart
29' Brooks delivers a great chip kick looking for Nofoaluma, but it runs a bit too long. We get let off the hook. Seven tackle set to come though.
28' After losing the ball, we give away a penalty to the Tigers. They start their set on their 40m line.
27' 93% completion rate from the Knights. 60% for the Tigers
26' Forward pass from the Tigers. Scrum to come 40m out from the Knights line
25' We move on up from the kick-off past halfway and kick it back deep into Tigers territory
24' KP's conversion goes wide. Knights 18-0
23' TRY! Starford To'a grabs the four pointer out wide after a great pass from Ponga! Knights 18-0
22' Tigers regain possession but give it away. We start our set 30m out.
21' Green tries a long ball over the top of the defence but it goes forward and out of touch.
20' Knock from the Tigers! Another great chance to extend the lead.
20' Pearce puts in a great kick and we trap Doueihi down inside his own 10m.
19' Tigers place a kick onto our 20m but Ponga takes it well. Calls for a high tackle on the return but play waved on.
17' We receive a penalty and Ponga knocks over the goal. Knights 14-0
17' Tigers knock the ball on their first tackle and Ponga runs close to the line. Chance here just 10m out.
16' KP converts again. Knights 12-0
15' It's a try! Fantastic. Knights 10-0
14' This could be an unbelievable try. A last tackle play from a kick, ends with some quick passing, including a great one from Barnett, and ends in the hands of Hunt out wide. Bunker deciding.
13' A strong set from the boys. Fitzgibbon showing some good runs.
12' Tigers make good metres on their first set. To'a fields a high kick in the corner.
11' KP converts his own try. Knights 6-0
10' TRY TIME! Ponga circles his way back through a hole and scores under the posts. Knights 4-0
9' Set restart just 10m out. Big chance for us to score!
7' Knock on Tigers. Scrum feed to us 45m out from the opposition tryline.
6' We make the most of our seven tackle set, but hand the ball over just 5m out from the Tigers line.
5' Our defence is strong on our line. A Marshall grubber goes too long over the dead ball.
4' Scratch that. Knights ruled to have touched the ball. Scrum feed to Tigers 10m out.
4' Tigers make a great run down the outside, but our cover defence is quicker. We barrel Nofoaluma over the touchline.
3' Green puts in his first kick as a Knight. And it's a good one. Tigers start their set just 10m out.
2' Tigers make some good metres and pin a kick just metres out from our line. To'a does well to catch.
2' Pearce puts up a bomb but it's well defused by Doueihi
1' Tigers complete their first set. To'a starts out set 20m out.
0' We have kick-off here at McDonald Jones Stadium!
Saturday 5:25pm: The boys have warmed-up and kick-off is any minute now!
Saturday 4:45pm: Tigers have finalised their 17 with a change to the starting line-up. Playing his 250th game, Chris Lawrence will now start pushing Sam McIntyre to the bench.
1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joey Leilua, 4. Tommy Talau, 5. Ash Kepaoa, 6. Luke Brooks, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Moses M'bye, 10. Russell Packer, 11. Luciano Leilua, 16. Chris Lawrence, 13. Matthew Eisenhuth, Interchange: 14. Thomas Mikaele, 15. Shawn Blore, 12. Sam McIntyre, 17. Billy Walters
Saturday 4:30pm: LATE MAIL | Adam O'Brien has confirmed his team for today's huge clash with the Tigers, 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.
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To'a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Blake Green, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Brodie Jones
Saturday 3:40pm: The players have begun to arrive.
Saturday 3:20pm: The ground might be wet, but the sunshine has come out just in time for this massive clash at McDonald Jones Stadium! Late Mail coming soon.
Saturday 10:15am: Get excited Knights fans! IT'S GAMEDAY! And today we welcome Newcastle Knight #320 - Blake Green
Friday 5:30pm: SQUAD REDUCTION | Adam O'Brien has trimmed the squad to 19 ahead of tomorrow night's clash with the Tigers.
Chris Randall and Mason Lino will both come out of the side this week, with Tex Hoy and Jirah Momoisea the remaining players in the reserves.
Both sides will be confirmed one hour prior to kick off tomorrow.
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To'a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Blake Green, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Brodie Jones, 19. Tex Hoy, 21. Jirah Momoisea.
TIGERS: 1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joey Leilua, 4. Tommy Talau, 5. Ash Kepaoa, 6. Luke Brooks, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Moses M'bye, 10. Russell Packer, 11. Luciano Leilua, 12. Sam McIntyre, 13. Matthew Eisenhuth, Interchange: 14. Thomas Mikaele, 15. Shawn Blore, 16. Chris Lawrence, 17. Billy Walters, 18. Alex Seyfarth, 19. Luke Garner.
Friday 11:00am: Coach Adam O'Brien chats to the media ahead of our clash with the Tigers
AOB: Green's role, Mann's move, D-Saf and Best injury updates
Friday 9:00am: Here are all the stats that matter heading into tomorrow's game.
Friday 9:00am: In case you missed the big news this week, Blake Green has joined us with immediate effect. We had a (socially-distanced) chat to the man himself!
Green: My role, Pearce influence and settling in
Friday 9:00am: It's been nearly three weeks since we last tasted victory, and the boys are determined to re-enter the winner's circle. View the week in training below or click here if you're on the app!
Friday 9:00am: Adam O'Brien and Michael Maguire named their 21-man squads on Tuesday afternoon, and they will line up like this come tomorrow night:
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To'a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Blake Green, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Jacob Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Josh King, 16. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Brodie Jones, 18. Chris Randall, 19. Tex Hoy, 20. Mason Lino, 21. Jirah Momoisea.
TIGERS: 1. Adam Doueihi, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Joey Leilua, 4. Tommy Talau, 5. Ash Kepaoa, 6. Luke Brooks, 7. Benji Marshall, 8. Josh Aloiai, 9. Moses M'bye, 10. Russell Packer, 11. Luciano Leilua, 12. Sam McIntyre, 13. Matthew Eisenhuth, Interchange: 14. Thomas Mikaele, 15. Shawn Blore, 16. Chris Lawrence, 17. Billy Walters, 18. Alex Seyfarth, 19. Luke Garner, 20. Josh Reynolds, 21. Elijah Taylor
Friday 9:00am: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog ahead of Saturday night's clash against the Wests Tigers at McDonald Jones 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.