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The nib Newcastle Knights have suffered an agonising 24-20 loss to the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

A late Adam Reynolds try with only minutes to play sunk Newcastle hearts after leading for the majority of the second half.

The Knights will look to bounce back when they return home next Saturday against the Roosters.


1st min - The match kicked off on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Brisbane.

13th min - After a cagey opening to the game, Dane Gagai produced a stunning try-saver on Corey Oates to prevent the first points of the game.

Gagai comes up with a great try saver

18th min - Producing inspired defence up one end, the Knights struck up the other with their flying Englishman continuing his try-scoring spree.

A brilliant team move down the right edge freed up Dom Young who dove over for his 13th try of the campaign and our first of the night.

Dane Gagai sets up Dom Young

28th min - On the opposite wing, Greg Marzhew went close, bulldozing his way over the line, but was ruled to have put a hand out over the sideline before the put down.

32nd min - The Broncos hit back with Selwyn Cobbo on hand to score following a kick.

37th min - Kalyn Ponga went into fifth gear with a stunning solo try with a few minutes remaining in the first half.

The fullback broke into the back field and rounded Broncos No.1 Reece Walsh to score the Knights second.

Ponga streaks away

40th min - The red and blue would take a 10-6 lead into the change of ends.

46th min - The Broncos regained the lead after Walsh set up Cobbo for his second of the game.

55th min - As the match ebbed and flowed, the score once again swung back to the Knights.

Quick hands had Dom Young break through the defence before finding Mat Croker back on the inside, and the forward crossed the stripe out wide for the Knights third.

Croker scores after a slick Knights backline move

59th min - The Knights extended their lead when Dom Young drove in for his second of the game.

Beautiful hands from Dane Gagai freed up the winger again, and the Englishman made no mistake in the corner to give the Knights an eight-point lead heading into the final stages.

Gagai Young combo fires again

69th in - Brisbane set up a grandstand finish with Piakura diving over under the posts to reduce the score to within two.

76th min - The home side hit the lead with four minutes remaining when Adam Reynolds scored under the sticks.

79th min - The red and blue tried desperately to score a pivotal final try, but couldn't get over the line as the Broncos held onto the victory.

Frantic final play


"We thought we would get a couple pats on the back for the effort, but we're getting past that I hope now. We didn't win, so we're disappointed," Adam O'Brien said.

"We've identified a few things of course that we did well, it wasn't all doom and gloom in there, but I don't want us to be the team now that is just content with having a crack.

"Yeah I was happy on a personal level, I was excited to come up here obviously it was a good challenge for the team. We put it to them, that's what we wanted to do," Kalyn Ponga said.

"We wanted the two points, at the end of the day you don't want to come up here and lose."


The Knights will return home next Saturday night to take on arch rivals, the Sydney Roosters, at McDonald Jones Stadium.