The Newcastle Knights have staged an amazing second-half comeback to defeat the North Queensland Cowboys by two points.
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North Queensland dominated the first half and were 14-4 ahead at the break. But the Knights roared back with two tries in 10 minutes to poke their noses 16-14 in front late in the game.
It was an special fight back for Newcastle to maintain its 100% winning record this season.
Cowboy Ethan Lowe got the first try of the match. The forward was the first to a Jonathan Thurston kick and showed great strength to get the ball down.
Then it was Matt Scott’s turn to get in on the action. The big prop scooped up a dropped ball from Kurt Gildey to post a try.
Newcastle hit back just before half-time through BJ Leilua. In the second half the game was a bit of an arm wrestle, and then 15 minutes left the Knights were in again.
Akuila Uate was the beneficiary of some quick offloads and bullocked his way over the try-line. Newcastle had a lifeline.
And the Knights weren’t done yet. With eight minutes on the clock, Leulia got his second try of the night after some soft Cowboys defence.
The following conversion was successful and Newcastle was 16-14 in front. A desperate Cowboys tried a long range shot at goal right on full-time but the kick missed.
North Queensland remains without a win after the first two rounds of the NRL season, while the Knights are flying after back-to-back victories.