Whilst the win just about cements the Newcastle Knights spot in the top eight, it was a bittersweet moment, with captain Kurt Gidley stretchered off the field with what looked to be a serious ankle/foot injury.
The 26-18 win over the Brisbane Broncos ended their hopes of a finals berth and with a congested ladder heading into the game, Brisbane knew that they could not afford to lose again.
Unfortunately, it was not to be for the Broncos, as former Bronco Darius Boyd produced a stellar performance against his old club, one that ultimately led to the win for the Knights.
The loss means the Broncos have now missed the finals for the second time in four seasons but the Broncos had a chance to win, after going up 14-0 early on, before the Knights fought back to win.
It was a crazy game in a few senses, with Corey Parker, Peter Wallace, Dunamis Lui and David Fa’alogo where do i buy electronic cigarettes in chicago all placed on report, as Knights coach Wayne Bennett ruled out any chance of a recurrence of a previous foot injury for Gidley.
“But to their credit tonight they played on without him. They have played a lot of last year without him so it is not something that we are unaccustomed to,” Bennett said.
Trailing at a crucial side, Bennett praised his side’s self belief to come from behind and record a victory.
“At 14-0 down, it can be 20-0 pretty quickly or you can make a stand,” he said.
“I might not look happy but I am.”
It was a case of what if for the Broncos, who have now missed the finals for just the second time in 21 years, with coach Anthony Griffin left disappointed and frustrated.
“I am very disappointed and frustrated. We thought we had a chance to win the game,” he said.
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