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Friday, 26 July 2019

Ponga sin-bin controversy mars Tigers win


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A controversial sin-binning of Newcastle Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga has taken the shine off a cliffhanger in the Hunter, as The Wests Tigers capped off Robbie Farah's 300th NRL appearance - hanging on to defeat the Newcastle Knights 28-26.

In the 77th minute, Ponga and Wests Tigers back Michael Chee-Kam were diving for a loose ball in the Knights dead-ball area. What seemed an innocuous play at the ball from the Newcastle fullback left Chee-Kam in a sorry state on the ground, stretchered off on the medicab. Ponga was sin-binned for a 'shoulder charge' and the Knights were left with 12 men for the last stages of the game.

https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1154496545674465280

Earlier, Jesse Ramien opened the scoring for the home side in just the fourth minute, when he pounced on a loose ball close to the Tigers line.

Three minutes later, and livewire Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga danced, weaved and stepped past five Tigers defenders to double the advantage, 12-0.

Things could have gone quickly South for the visitors, but a change in momentum saw a quick double strike, a double to Corey Thompson in the space of 12 minutes to see the scores tied just before half-time.

https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1154692716132851712

Benji Marshall then turned back the clock, and a little bit of individual brilliance close to the line in the 39th minute saw the Tigers take a six point lead into the break, 18-12.

The Knights hadn't won a single game in season 2019 after trailing at half-time, and starting with urgency, Hymel Hunt scored in the 43rd minute to reduce the margin to two.

However, as fate so often dictates on the biggest of occasions and milestones, Robbie Farah dotted down in the 52nd minute - his 70th try in his 300th game. . When Moses Mbye kicked the conversion, the lead was out to eight.

Sticking with the theme of the night, no team could quite pull away, and it was the Knights who answered back through Tautau Moga in the 58th minute. Ponga continued his solid night with the boot, and the Tigers led 24-22 as the game wound into its final 20 minutes.

A try-apiece followed, Paul Momirovski for the Tigers in the 63rd minute, before Shaun Kenny-Dowall answered back five minutes later.

Wests Tigers celebrate after defeating the Newcastle Knights 28-26

The Tigers would not surrender their lead - holding on to win 28-26.

More to come.

A controversial sin-binning of Newcastle Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga has taken the shine off a cliffhanger in the Hunter, as The Wests Tigers capped off Robbie Farah's 300th NRL appearance - hanging on to defeat the Newcastle Knights 28-26.

In the 77th minute, Ponga and Wests Tigers back Michael Chee-Kam were diving for a loose ball in the Knights dead-ball area. What seemed an innocuous play at the ball from the Newcastle fullback left Chee-Kam in a sorry state on the ground, stretchered off on the medicab. Ponga was sin-binned for a 'shoulder charge' and the Knights were left with 12 men for the last stages of the game.

https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1154496545674465280

Earlier, Jesse Ramien opened the scoring for the home side in just the fourth minute, when he pounced on a loose ball close to the Tigers line.

Three minutes later, and livewire Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga danced, weaved and stepped past five Tigers defenders to double the advantage, 12-0.

Things could have gone quickly South for the visitors, but a change in momentum saw a quick double strike, a double to Corey Thompson in the space of 12 minutes to see the scores tied just before half-time.

https://twitter.com/WestsTigers/status/1154692716132851712

Benji Marshall then turned back the clock, and a little bit of individual brilliance close to the line in the 39th minute saw the Tigers take a six point lead into the break, 18-12.

The Knights hadn't won a single game in season 2019 after trailing at half-time, and starting with urgency, Hymel Hunt scored in the 43rd minute to reduce the margin to two.

However, as fate so often dictates on the biggest of occasions and milestones, Robbie Farah dotted down in the 52nd minute - his 70th try in his 300th game. . When Moses Mbye kicked the conversion, the lead was out to eight.

Sticking with the theme of the night, no team could quite pull away, and it was the Knights who answered back through Tautau Moga in the 58th minute. Ponga continued his solid night with the boot, and the Tigers led 24-22 as the game wound into its final 20 minutes.

A try-apiece followed, Paul Momirovski for the Tigers in the 63rd minute, before Shaun Kenny-Dowall answered back five minutes later.

Wests Tigers celebrate after defeating the Newcastle Knights 28-26

The Tigers would not surrender their lead - holding on to win 28-26.

More to come.

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