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Late try earns Knights third straight victory

The nib Newcastle Knights NRLW side have defeated the Parramatta Eels 18-16 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A late Liv Higgins try got the Knights their third straight victory and assures a finals finish for the team.

It was an enduring battle against a determined Eels outfit, with Kirra Dibb kicking a late goal with a minute to spare to earn the win.

The NRLW side ran out with their fathers forming a guard of honour on a special Father's Day at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Eels struck first blood on the eighth minute mark with Rikeya Horne making her way over.

The Knights quickly replied with Tamika Upton producing a brilliant piece of play.

Stepping through the line, the fullback beat a few more defenders and stretched out to plant the ball on the right edge for the Knights opening try.

Upton answers brilliantly

A few errors crept into Newcastle's game in the opening 35, with limited attacking opportunities presenting themselves.

The Knights would trail 6-4 at the change of ends.

Newcastle took the lead for the first time quickly after the break with Tayla Predebon proving too strong close to the line.

There was a blade of grass in it with the ball just getting over the line from the front-row forward.

Predebon gets there

Parramatta regained the lead after a shocking bounce of the ball found Eels winger, Tess Staines on hand to ground the ball.

Shortly after, Kirra Dibb kicked a penalty goal to level the scores.

Parra regained the lead before a late Liv Higgins try put the Knights back in front with two to play.

The crafty hooker went herself close to the line to cue scenes of jubilation among the Knights and supporters.

Higgins sends Newcastle fans into a frenzy

Kirra Dibb added the two to seal the win for the Knights.

The team will take on the Sydney Roosters next week in a mouth-watering top of the table clash.