Tries: AKUILA UATE (16M) , TYRONE ROBERTS (26M) , AKUILA UATE (52M) , AKUILA UATE (78M)
Goals: TYRONE ROBERTS 2/3
Tries: JAMES TEDESCO (6M) , PAT RICHARDS (44M) ,CHRIS LAWRENCE (69M)
Goals: PAT RICHARDS 5/5
Field Goals: PAT RICHARDS 1/1
Even an Akuila Uate hat trick wasn’t enough to get Newcastle across the line against the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
After backtracking on his Raiders contact, James Tedesco showed little sign of off field distractions, scoring the Tigers first of the night in just the 5th minute.
A Pat Richards penalty goal put the Tigers ahead 8-0 however the Knights replied moments later with an Akuila Uate four pointer in the corner.
A leaping Braith Anasta was taken from the field in the 25th minute with concussion. Braith’s injury led to a Knights try under the posts as he lost the ball in the process.
The Knights taking a somewhat unexpected 10-8 lead at the half time break.
Young halfback Luke Brooks set up Pat Richards for the Tigers first try of the second half to reclaim the lead by 4 points.
Uate scored for the Knights in the 51st minute to become the all-time leading try scorer in the clubs history.
A Luke Brooks 40/20 in the 63rd minute resulted in Kurt Gidley being sent to the bin for a professional foul on Robbie Farah who was trying to gain advantage from the new 40/20 quick tap rule. Pat Richards slotting the penalty goal to level the scores at 16 all.
Richards was in the thick of the action again moments later when he landed a field goal to put the Tigers ahead by one point.
Chris Lawrence scored in the 68th minute to push the Tigers lead out to 23-16 however the Knights still had one last attempt at claiming victory.
Uate scored moments out from fulltime to put the Knights back within 3 points but Newcastle failed to produce the miracle play in the closing moments.
The Tigers holding on to record a much deserved 23-20 win against a tough Newcastle side.