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Snapshot of the NRL second semi

SNAPSHOT OF THE NRL SECOND SEMI-FINAL:

Result: Newcastle 18 bt Melbourne 16 at AAMI Park
Snapshot of the NRL second semi
by AAP

SNAPSHOT OF THE NRL SECOND SEMI-FINAL:

Result: Newcastle 18 bt Melbourne 16 at AAMI Park.

Key moment: With three minutes left in the first half, Storm winger Sisa Waqa misses a Tyrone Roberts kick. Moments later, Chris Houston crosses to give the Knights a deserved 12-4 halftime lead to reward their dominance to that point.

Key quote: "At the end of the day, we just had to hang in there," Knights back-rower Beau Scott said of his side defending for dear life as the Storm came at them in the second half.

Injuries: Storm: Sisa Waqa (knee), Jordan McLean (fractured jaw). Knights: Tyrone Roberts (knee).

Judiciary: Newcastle's Alex McKinnon should avoid any grief for what appeared a head clash which left Melbourne youngster Jordan McLean with blood gushing from his head. An attempted Billy Slater shoulder charge on Newcastle winger Akuila Uate as he crossed for the Knights' first try may also be looked at.

What's next: A preliminary final against the Roosters at Allianz Stadium next Saturday for the Knights. For the Storm, it's their earliest end to a season since being banished from the finals in 2010.


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