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Knights win thriller against rivals Manly

FINAL SCORE - Knights 26-24 Manly

The nib Newcastle Knights have narrowly defeated the Manly Sea Eagles in a thrilling contest at McDonald Jones Stadium.

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HIGHLIGHTS | Re-live all the big moments from the game.

Highlights: Knights grasp nail-biting victory over Sea Eagles

PRESS CONFERENCE | AOB & Klemmer chat to the media following the victory

AOB & Klem: Young gun credit, pack power, D-Saf update

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FANTASY | Barnett scored some big points for Fantasy heads!

Read: Fantasy: Barnett acquires big points in rivalry win

GALLERY | All the best shots from today's win!

STATS | Our forwards put in a big stint with some big numbers.

Read: Numbers: Forwards combine for big effort

WATCH | The game-winning try brought to you by Enari Tuala!

Ponga puts Tuala into gap for game-winning try

FULL TIME | We hold on against Manly! 

78' Now we get the ball back! Not long to hold on now Knights fans!

78' Manly retrieve the ball. They start 5m out. 

77' Pearce intercepts it and runs 50m! We start the set 25m out.

75' We give a penalty away. Not good. 

75' We hand the ball over to Manly about 1 metre from their line. 

74' Kick-off goes out on the full! We're back on the offensive!

73' NEVER IN DOUBT! KP knocks it over. Knights 26-24

73' Everybody shoosh! Let KP concentrate for this one....

73' YOU BEAUTY!!! Enari crosses over after a peach of a pass from Ponga! Knights 24-24 Manly

71' Ball goes dead from Manly. Seven tackle set to come. C'mon boys!

70' Referee was (painfully) correct. To'a ruled to have knocked on when grounding. Damn. 

70' We go over!!! Referee checking with the bunker. He calls no-try.

69' Penalty count reads Knights 10-3 Manly. 

68' Another penalty to Knights...and no we didn't just accidentally copy and paste. 

68' Another penalty to Knights. 

67' We go so so so close to scoring out wide! Hunt has to throw it back in and it forces a knock on from Manly, luckily. We get another set following the scrum. 

66' This is going to go down to the wire. 

66' KP rises on a catch and makes good metres on the return! Then, he gets a penalty. Great work from the fullback. 

65' Some good defence from Manly on their line. Last tackle sees Ponga produce a forward pass that would have led to a try. So unfortunate!

64' Penalty to Knights. Ball deemed to be stripped. Another set to come. 

63' A knock-on from Manly sees us enjoy another set attacking the line. 

63' We're attacking the Manly line! A great chance to score. 

63' CROWD NUMBER | 5,554. A brilliant turn out today!

61' Forward pass ruled. Scrum to come 15m out. 

60' An amazing run from Enari Tuala puts us in a great position. Six again as well!

59' A last tackle kick from Manly bounces in a very dangerous fashion. Luckily it runs over the dead ball line. 

58' We push Manly back to start their set 10m out. 

57' Manly produced another crazy last tackle play and force us to start our set inside the 10m.

56' It's a try. Manly take back the lead with another try and conversion. Manly 24-20.

55' Manly cross over again. The referee says no try though as we head to the bunker.

54' A great kick from Cust forces a line drop-out. Another set to come for Manly. 

54' Another 'six-again'. The boys need to dig deep. 

53' Manly have a perfect start to their set, busting through our line. Then receive a set restart. We're defending our tryline.

52' Conversion kick goes over. Knights 20-18

52' Manly cross over the line for a try. Knights 20-16

51' The Enforcer does what he does best! Enforces! He hits Manly with a hard tackle. 

51' Cherry-Evans looked to have lost possession off the scrum. Instead they receive a penalty...Yeah we're not sure either. 

50' J-Saf loses the ball after a mammoth collision. Manly scrum.

49' Manly's kick heads KP's chest on the full. We start 40m out from our line.

48' Herman isn't playing around today! He launches out of the line into Manly! Good defensive set here. 

47' A good set ends in a Pearce kick that almost bounced perfectly for us! Instead it goes over the sideline. Scrum to Manly 10m out.

45' It's a try! Hymel scores in the corner after a bobbling last tackle play! Ponga misses the conversion. Knights 20-12.

44' We cross over in the corner! But the bunker are having their say. Ref called no try on the field.

43' A last tackle play from Manly goes horribly wrong. They hand it over 20m behind where they started the 5th tackle. Good news for us though.

43' Pearce pumps a ball down the middle of the field and it almost forces an error from Elliott. 

42' A chip is put up by Manly. We allowed it to bounce (why?) but luckily it falls into the hands of Ponga.

41' Pearce puts up a chip into a dangerous area. But it's well taken by Manly. The start the set 20m out. 

41' DCE attempts a 40-20 right from the first kick, but Ponga stops it in it's tracks.

40' We're back underway! Big second half needed.

HALF-TIME | We lead in a close one at half-time!

39' KP misses the kick. Knights 16-12

38' IT'S A TRY! YOU BEAUTY! Knights 16-12

38' We may have scored! We also may not have. It's going to bunker as Tuala crosses out wide following some brilliant last tackle play!

37' A knock-on from Cherry-Evans lets us off the hook. Pearcey tries to toe poke it through and run onto it, but he's crazy if he thinks he can outrun the Manly backs in a foot race. Scrum to come.

36' Enari Tuala puts a nice little grubber in, but Manly field it, then are awarded a penalty for the Knights having a second attempt at the tackle.

35' Wait no. It's a penalty. Even better!

35' Another set restart for the boys! 

35' DCE cracks a kick at Ponga and he gets us back to the 30m line. 

34' News on D-Saf is that while his knee is heavily strapped, it's expected he'll be back today. Brilliant news.

33' We cross over in the corner but the final pass was ruled to have gone forward. Devastating. 

32' Penalty to Newcastle. Offside. We're not going for the two though. Another set attacking the line.

31' Knock-on Manly! Scrum to come 20m out.

30' We end the set deep in Manly territory!

29' KP adds the extras! Knights 12-12 Manly

28' TRY!!! Mann goes over from dummy half! Knights 10-12 Manly

27' Penalty Newcastle! We're going to have a full set attacking the Manly line.

26' But then they lose the ball! It's not all doom and gloom.

26' We give away a set restart. 

25' Green puts a high kick up but despite pressure, Manly take it well.

24' Well D-Saf and Klemmer have both left the field. J-Saf and Ese'ese join the boys.

24' He's okay! The Wrecking Ball is playing on for now.

24' Play is stopped as D-Saf goes down in back-play. It's his knee again. 

23' We turn the ball over in the corner. We're pushing Manly back to their tryline.

23' We're attacking the Manly line. Big chance to equalise.

22' The kick-off goes into touch on the full!

21' KP nails the sideline conversion! Cool as you like! Manly 12-6

20' TRY!!!! Starford To'a gets over in the corner following some great passing. Knights 4-12 Manly

19' Looked to be that we made an error, but it was the referee's error instead! He gives us a penalty for stripping. We start the set inside Manly's half.

19' Play resumes and Manly kick the ball to Ponga. He gets it back to our 30m.

18' We have a pause in play for a Sea Eagles injury.

18' Knights push forward and end the set inside Manly's 10m. 

16' Manly lose the ball on their 20m line. 

15' Sea Eagles push Enari Tuala back into our own goal. Dropout to come.

15' Manly push close to our line. A little grubber kick hits the post and Daniel Saifiti luckily jumps on it. 

14' Challenge unsuccessful.

14' Penalty to Manly. But Pearce has issued a Captain's Challenge.

13' We find some space out wide with Hunt, Shibasaki and Ponga. Our set ends with a last tackle error.

12' Manly's kick goes agonisingly close to the sideline. We receive a set restart to help our set.

11' Boos echo around the ground as Pearce is tackled after his kick. Referee waves it away though.

10' We receive a set restart to help get us out of danger.

10' Manly make good metres from their first set by throwing the ball around. Ponga absolutely smashed on the catch.

9' Conversion successful. Manly 12-0

8' It's a try. Not a good start. Manly 10-0

8' Looks like a try to Manly. They carve up through the middle and Cherry-Evans is the man to score under the sticks. Just waiting on the bunker.

7' We swing the ball wide with numbers, but Ponga puts the ball down due to immense pressure from defenders. Scrum to come.

7' Manly work their way to their 40m line, but knock the ball on during the final play-the-ball.

6' Green puts in a deft grubber kick but it sits up at the wrong time, perfectly for Elliott.

5' Our defence fights to push Manly back on their first set after scoring. Hymel Hunt gets the kick return and brings it to halfway.

4' Conversion successful. Manly 6-0

3' It's a try to Manly. Cade Cust scores out wide. Manly 4-0

2' Manly end their set on our 40m line with a high bomb. It's allowed to bounce and after some enterprising footy following a second kick, it seems Manly may have scored the first try of the game. Going to the bunker. 

2' Green puts in a deep kick. Fielded by Elliott. Our defence pushes them back.

1' Manly enter our danger zone. DCE's kick is defused by Ponga as he's smashed on the catch. 

1' Pearce ends our first set with a kick from our 30m line. Manly starting theirs on the 40m.

0' We're underway here at McDonald Jones Stadium!

Sunday 2:00pm - IT'S KICK-OFF TIME! The players are out and we're awaiting the whistle.

Sunday 1:40pm - The boys are warm up and ready to catch fire!

Sunday 1:15pm - Manly have confirmed their side for today's match with Tevita Funa and Jack Gosiewski both coming from the extended bench into the starting line-up. 

1. Brendan Elliot, 19. Tevita Funa, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Cade Cust, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8. Taniela Paseka, 9. Danny Levi, 21. Jack Gosiewski, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker, 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Haumole Olakau’atu.

Sunday 1:00pm - LATE MAIL | Adam O'Brien has confirmed our squad for today's clash with Manly with Tex Hoy and Brodie Jones being omitted from the squad. We will run out 1-17.

1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To'a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Blake Green, 7. Mitchell Pearce (c), 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Josh King

Sunday 12:30pm - Some of our injured stars and coaching staff check out the field while the squad get prepared. Late Mail not far away.

Sunday 11:30am - The sun is shining on McDonald Jones Stadium today - the perfect conditions for a big game of Sunday arvo footy!

Sunday 8am: It's Game Day! And Aidan Guerra runs out for his 50th game in Knights colours. 

Saturday 2pm: SQUAD REDUCTION | Adam O'Brien has trimmed the list to 19 ahead of our clash with Manly.

Mason Lino and Chris Randall will come out of the side this week, leaving young guns Tex Hoy and Brodie Jones on the extended bench.

The remainder of the team is unchanged.

Manly have also made changes with Martin Taupau and Jorge Taufua both cut from the team. 

The squads will be finalised 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 (c), 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Josh King, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Brodie Jones.

SEA EAGLES: 1. Brendan Elliot, 19. Tevita Funa, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Cade Cust, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8. Taniela Paseka, 9. Danny Levi, 18. Morgan Boyle, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker, 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Haumole Olakau’atu, 20. Abbas Miski, 21. Jack Gosiewski

Saturday 10am: AOB has addressed the media. Here's what he had to say...

AOB: Manly prep, playing at home and unlocking KP

Saturday 10am: It's been a massive week on the training paddock, with the boys ripping in as the season turns for home. View the gallery below or click here if you're on the app!

Friday 10am: ICYMI: Both teams were named on Tuesday evening, with Adam O'Brien and Des Hasler naming 21-man squads for the clash at McDonald Jones Stadium.

KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Starford To'a, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Blake Green, 7. Mitchell Pearce (c), 8. David Klemmer, 9. Kurt Mann, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Phoenix Crossland, 15. Jacob Saifiti, 16. Herman Ese'ese, 17. Josh King, 18. Tex Hoy, 19. Brodie Jones, 20. Chris Randall, 21. Mason Lino

SEA EAGLES: 1. Brendan Elliot, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Brad Parker, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Cade Cust, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8. Taniela Paseka, 9. Danny Levi, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Lachlan Croker, 15. Corey Waddell, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Haumole Olakau’atu, 18. Morgan Boyle, 19. Tevita Funa, 20. Abbas Miski, 21. Jack Gosiewski

Friday 10:00am: Welcome to our official Game-Day Blog ahead of Sunday afternoon's huge game against the Manly-Warringah Sea-Eagles 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.