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Knights season back on track

The Newcastle Knights season is now back on track thanks to a 24-20 win over the Cronulla Sharks at Ausgrid Stadium.
Knights season back on track
by NRL

The Newcastle Knights season is now back on track thanks to a 24-20 win over the Cronulla Sharks at Ausgrid Stadium.

The Sharks opened up the scoring in the first ten minutes with a try to Ben Pomeroy, 0-4.

With the home crowd cheering him on, Akulia Uate ran down the left side of the field and over the try line only to be called back for a forward pass.

Putting the disappointment of their disallowed try behind them, Wes Naiqama scooped up a loose ball in the goal area to give his team their first points of the game, 4-4.

Gidley successfully converted taking the score to 6-4.

A dummy by Gardner caught the Knights defense off guard, a 60 metre run in open space giving the fullback his first try of the match, 6-10.

A conversion by Williams saw the Sharks with a four point lead 13 minutes from half time.

In the 32nd minute 19 year old half back Tyrone Roberts ran onto the field, making his NRL debut in front of a home crowd.

Playing with the Knights since the age of 14, Roberts impressive impact in the Toyota Cup earnt him a call up to first grade.

A tricky kick by Wade Graham was caught up by Jarrod Mullen who ran 80 metres down the field.

Mullen's magical run payed off when James McManus got the ball down in the corner.

A difficult sideline conversion by Gidley taking to score to 12-10 with six minutes left on the clock.

Thanks to a gutsy chase by Uate, the Knights found themselves with a goal drop out minutes before half time.

Matt Hilder managed to keep the ball in play with a late offload to Gidley who in turn threw a long ball to Shannon McDonnell.

McDonnell ran through a gap, putting the ball down under the posts.

An easy kick in front finalizing the half time score at 18-10.

Nine minutes into the second half, Mullen threw a brilliant pass to Sa'u who used his strength to dance around a couple of defenders before finding the line.

A kick from in front of the posts gave the home team at 14 point lead.

Another drop goal opportunity went the waste when the Knights let the ball go out, giving the Sharks possession and their third try of the match.

Williams caught the Knights defence snoozing, getting the ball down in the 58th minute and putting the Sharks back in the game, 24-14

With the clock counting down and the Sharks looking more and more dangerous in attack, back to back penalties could not have come at a better time for the Knights.

The game wasn't over yet, a great play by the Sharks saw Gardner cross for his second try of the match, 24-20.

With the clock winding down the Sharks made some last minute plays only to be held out by the Knights defence.

Final score 24-20.

Knights 24-20 Sharks
2pm, 17 April 2011

Knights 24
Tries: W Naiqama, J McManus, S McDonnell, J Sa'u
Conversions: K Gidley 4

Sharks 20
Tries: B Pomeroy, N Gardner 2, J Williams
Conversions: J Williams 2

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