Knights fend off Titans 23-18

Playing at home, the Knights have once again secured another victory – this time in a thrilling finish where their fate was left in the hands of the video referee, the result favourable and Newcastle winning 23-18. 

The Newcastle Knights led 18-4 nearing half time and, but a very late 1st half double strike from the Titans saw the teams go into oranges at 18-16.

The second term saw some of Prince’s magic come to the forefront, his superb passing game, giving the Titans a strong start to the second term.

But it was the Knights who went over first in the 2nd half, jumping out to 22-16 when James McManus touched down off a neat Jarrod Mullen grubber near the 1 hour mark.

Kurt Gidley sprayed his conversion wide, the 8 point lead would have been ideal, but Mullen got involved again, giving his team a 7-point advantage with a field goal, with 10 minutes remaining.

Prince kicked the Titans within 5 points after a 75th-minute penalty goal before the Knights defied their own abysmal kicking game, which continually invited the visitors back into it.

After 9 rounds, the Newcastle Knights slot into 4th position on the 2009 NRL Points Table and ladder. They jump the Titans, who sit in 5th spot.

The Titans have a tough ask next week, playing away to the Broncos. For the Knights, they will like their chances, squaring off against the out of sorts Roosters in Sydney.

Next weeks Round 10 fixtures are the annual heritage round clashes, with teams facing traditional rivals and wearing their team jerseys from era’s gone by.

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