Round 4 Match 7 Results: Newcastle Knights 30 v Penrith Panthers 34

The Panthers scored their second win this season on Monday afternoon when they served the Knights with back-to-back losses.

Newcastle were defeated after starting as the odds-on favourites, but only by four points in a high scoring game.

The Panthers were first to score in their one and only first half try when Lachlan Coote went over and Michael Gordon converted.

Just three minutes later Newcastle winger Akuila Uate opened the Knights’ account scoring the first try of his opening half hat-trick.  He backed it up just four minutes later with another.

The Knights managed to put another two away before the half time break including Uate’s third in the 38th minute, and Scott Dureau’s excellent kicking saw them convert all four first half tries to give them a sizeable 24 – 6 lead.

Panthers’ fans were obviously worried as the Knights seemed to have the dominance to win, but coming back for the second half Penrith were a new team.

They scored in the first minute of the second half then backed it up with another four tries, all but the last in the final minute converted by Gordon who had a sensational kicking game, bringing their total score to 34.

Newcastle only managed to break through and score one more try when five-eighth Jarrod Mullen put four more points on the board in the 68th minute.

It was an intense second half, with both sides’ supporters on the edge of their seats. But many Newcastle fans were livid after the Panthers 73rd minute try when the video referee gave lock Joseph Paulo the benefit of the doubt.

Paulo’s try tied the scoreboard, for the second time in the game, 30 all before Panther’s centre Adrian Purtell scored the winning try in the 80th minute causing a stir throughout the 15,800 plus crowd at Energy Australia Stadium.