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Panthers V Knight report

A late try to the Penrith Panthers against the Newcastle Knights on Saturday night gave the Panthers a victory in Port Macquarie. Early tries to Panthers’ Sandor Earl and Kevin Kingston gave the men from the mountains a 10-nil lead just ten minutes into the game. Lock Mark Taufua made his way accross the white line to score for the Knights, a conversion from Wes Naiqama put the Novacastrians on the score board. Another Penrith try and a Michael Gordon conversion took the first quarter score to 16-6. After a number of pushes in the Panthers half, hooker Isaac De Gois narrowed the margin to 16-10. In the 33rd minute fullback Shannon McDonnell was tackled mid air by Penrith’s Travis Burns, McDonnell left the field and watched the remainder of the game from the sideline. With Naiqama moved to fullback, impressive young recruit Siuatonga Likiliki made his way onto the field. The second half saw tries to Evarn Tuimavave and Marvin Karawana, with successful conversions by Peter Mata’utia and Cory Paterson taking the knights to 16-22. Penrith came back in the final three minutes with two tries and two successful conversions, making the final score 28-22.


Knights demolish Fiji

Newcastle made light work of Fiji Bati as the Knights opened their 2011 NRL pre-season with a 72-0 thumping at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Sunday night. Playing before a crowd of just under 3,000, the Knights ran in 14 unanswered tries against the overmatched opponents, whose squad contained 14 players who had never before been out of Fiji. The Knights have developed a link with the Fijian rugby league association in recent times, with the NRL club helping with the development of the game on the tiny Pacific island. Peter Mata’utia was the star of the show for the home side with two tries and three goals, the young fullback one of 12 try-scorers with Josh Ailaomai also scoring a double. Running out a side featuring a smattering of regular first graders, the Knights were in control from the outset with prop Antonio Kaufusi particularly dominant – though Fiji gave as good as they got with the match punctuated by a series of big hits from both packs. Continue reading