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Knights and Manly draw after high-scoring thriller in Mudgee

The nib Newcastle Knights have drawn with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 32-all at Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee on Saturday afternoon.

In a high-scoring and entertaining affair in regional NSW, the match was to be decided in golden point with both teams scoring six tries each in normal time.


Neither side could get the decisive point with the match finishing all square.


1st min - The match kicked off in front of 9,000 people in regional NSW.

3rd min - Manly opened the scoring early through forward Haumole Olakau'atu.

9th min - The Sea Eagles extended their advantage with winger Christian Tuipulotu scoring in the corner.

12th min - Olakau'atu was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul.

13th min - Newcastle took advantage off the extra man scoring our first of the game.

Quick hands down the left freed up Greg Marzhew and the winger planted the ball in the corner for his third try in Knights colours.

Knights strike back through Marzhew

17th min - The red and blue were on the front foot and levelled the scores.

A beautiful short ball from Daniel Saifiti found a hard-running Jack Johns, who slammed the ball down under the posts.

Jack Johns strikes first in battle of the brothers

21st min - Lachlan Fitzgibbon was sent to the sin-bin for a high shot.

25th min - The Knights took the lead with 12 playing 12 as Dom Young made no mistake on the right wing.

The Englishman found space on the right edge and powered over his opposite number to put the Knights in front.

Dom Young puts the Knights in front

28th min - In a back and forth contest, Manly would score next through centre Brad Parker bringing the scores back to level.

33rd min - The Knights weren't to be denied a half-time lead with Dom Young scoring his second of the game.

A rapid, short-side raid down the right wing had Young running around to improve the position after excellent vision from Hastings.

Hastings vision gives Young his second

40th min - The Knights took a 22-16 lead into the break.

55th min - The red and blue have put in an early season entry for try of the year with our fifth of the game.

Starting inside our own 10, Dom Young showcased his blistering speed to burn past Garrick before finding support inside. The Knights didn't panic to return the ball back to Young unmarked in the corner.

Young's third is something special

60th min - Manly hit back with their fourth try through Kelma Tuilagi.

66th min - The Sea Eagles were level when Kaeo Weekes burrowed over close to the line to set up a grandstand finish.

69th min - Manly would have their third try in quick succession with Reuben Garrick diving over in the corner.

75th min - Bradman Best looked to have scored in game 50 and levelled the score, but was ruled to have knocked on in the lead-up.

79th min - With one of the final plays of the game, a high kick from Phoenix Crossland landed to Dom Young and the towering winger came down with the ball.

The try was his fourth of the game and sent the match to golden point.

So good from Dom Young

Lachlan Miller had a kick to win it from the sideline but was waved away.

80th min - The match was headed for golden point finishing 32-all at the end of normal time.

90th min - After multiple attempts, no team could earn the crucial point with the match finishing in a draw.

All the field goal attempts from Mudgee's golden point


The Knights will return home next Sunday taking on the Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium.