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Knights pip Warriors to claim crucial win

The nib Newcastle Knights have picked up a heart-stopping 10-6 win over the Warriors in front of 9,975 brave fans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Played as a key game during Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, both sides came into the contest needing a win desperately to maintain touch with the top eight.

With the rain coming down and running into a blistering wind in the first half, the Knights found themselves with work to do from the opening whistle.

The Warriors nearly had first points, however a stunning Scott Sattler-like tackle from Jayden Brailey prevented Reece Walsh from going the length of the field.

It was a rare highlight to come from a dour first 20 minutes, with the two forward packs duking it out in classic wet-weather football.

It took a further five minutes for the deadlock to be broken, with Euan Aitken swopping onto a loose ball and racing 80 metres to open the scoring for the visitors.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon nabbed the Knights' first eight minutes from the break, hitting and spinning away from a tackle after a neat ball from Pearce.

Pearce hits a hard-running Fitzgibbon

Five minutes later, Fitzgibbon was in the bin.

The NRL's continued crackdown on high tackles again played its part, with Fitzgibbon marched in controversial circumstances following a high shot on Kodi Nikorima.

The Warriors failed to cash in on the advantage, with some inspirational Knights defence holding them out either side of the break.

Somehow, the wind and rain only got stronger in the second stanza.

With the breeze now at his back, Jake Clifford took full advantage.

A swirling bomb was spilt at the back by Walsh, with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck picking up the scraps in an offside position.

Clifford sank the ensuing penalty goal to level the scores.

Desperation was apparent for both sides heading into the final quarter, with scores locked at 6-all and the game representing a crunch moment in their respective seasons.

A lack of field position highlighted the second half, with the Knights having just 12 tackles inside Warriors territory heading into the final 10 minutes.

Then came the turning point.

It was again a huge kick from Clifford which bamboozled Walsh, who spilt the ball over the sideline to gift Newcastle key possession in the final ten minutes.

However, the Knights were again unable to take advantage.

But it wasn't to be the final chance.

A line break from Enari Tuala split the Warriors up the middle, finding Connor Watson who was brought down just short.

On the following play, a clever pass from Mitchell Pearce found space out left, with Brodie Jones charging over in the corner to win the game for the Knights.