In this week’s Rookie Report, we take a look at Newcastle Knights lane teams in the NSW Knock-On-Effect Cup, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership and the Jersey Flegg Cup.
The three senior teams made the trip on the M1 to take on the Wests Tigers trail outfits at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Find out how each team fared:
NSW Cup – Knights 12-18 Magpies
The NSW Cup side lost six points to the Western Suburbs Magpies in wet conditions on Saturday.
The Knights got off to a brilliant start when Lachlan Fitzgibbon scored a signature “Fitzy” try, hitting a hole on the left edge in the opening minute of the game.
Western Suburbs responded eight minutes later with quick hands down the left leading to a try for Israel Ogden.
The Magpies hit the forward just before the 20th minute when Sione Fainu crashed over the line.
Newcastle trailed 12-6 at the break, while the Magpies extended their lead with another four points nine minutes after half-time.
Full-back David Armstrong saved a 40/20 by putting the ball back in play, but the Magpies swarmed to pick up the loose ball and score.
Needing a try to stay in the game, the Cup team scored one of the tries of the season with incredible team movement.
Coming off their own try line, the ball traveled left to Brodie Jones, who went a few yards and produced and offloaded to Fitzgibbon.
Fitzgibbon found Jake Clifford inside and the five-eight drilled into the backfield to set up Heath Gibbs to score under the posts.
The team went coast to coast to score a remarkable try with 19 minutes on the clock.
For the remaining minutes, the Knights forced the issue, but couldn’t find the elusive third down to go down by three downs to two.
The Cup side remain ninth in the standings and will face the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the next home start next Saturday.
Watch the highlights below:
NSW Cup Highlights: Knights v Magpies Round 16
NSW Women’s Premiership – Knights 0-12 Tigers
The NSW Women’s Premiership team’s season ended in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of the Wests Tigers on Saturday.
Needing a win to cement a place in the Finals, the Knights dropped three tries in the loss to end the campaign in fifth place.
NRLW signing and former Jillaroo Caitlin Moran made her first start for the team while rising stars and junior Origin representatives Mia Middleton and Jules Kirkpatrick also participated.
S2, LVL 12: Brailey visits the Dog Rescue. Caitlan Johnston returns from Origin.
The Tigers scored all three tries in the first half to give themselves a 12-point lead.
The Knights couldn’t cross the line in their final regular season game.
In a dramatic final round, the team finished fifth with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks scoring a one-point win to move the Knights into fourth.
Although the end of the season is difficult, congratulations to the team for an incredible season with many stars who will feature in the next NRLW campaign.
Flegg Cup Jersey – Knights 20-0 Tigers
The Jersey Flegg Cup team strengthened their position on the ladder with a 20-0 shutout of the Tigers.
The team ran in three tries with Oryn Keeley, Luke Pietzner and Chris Vea’ila getting their names on the scoresheet.
Keeping the Tigers down to zero, the team continued their impressive defensive performance.
Team Flegg is on track to finish in the finals in third place with 10 wins and five losses.
They will face the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the next round, playing a curtain raiser ahead of the NRL match at McDonald Jones Stadium this Friday.
Watch the highlights:
Jersey Flegg Cup Highlights: Day 16