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Live: Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers

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That's it from us tonight, thanks for your company and be sure to grab a copy of Tuesday's Herald or check out for Glenn Jackson's take on the Knights' big win.  And remember the SportsDay Live blog will be firing up again from 8.30am with all the latest from the world of sport.  We'll be back on Thursday night to kick off round two with the Eels hosting the Bulldogs.  At this point it looks like the great Alex Rowe will be in the chair for that one, but who knows what the selectors might do between now and then.  Goodnight and thanks again.

That big win puts the Knights on top of the table heading into their date with Manly at Brookvale on Sunday evening.  The Tigers now have to regroup and focus on their home clash with Penrith at Campbelltown Stadium on the same afternoon.  Of course, the Panthers also scored a big win in round one, easily pushing aside the Raiders 32-10.  Here's the ladder as it stands after week one of the season:

1. Newcastle
2. Parramatta
3. Penrith
4. Melbourne
5. South Sydney
6. North Queensland
7. Manly
8. Cronulla
9. Gold Coast
10. Brisbane
11. Canterbury-Bankstown
12. Sydney Roosters
13. St George-Illawarra
14. Canberra
15. New Zealand
16. Wests Tigers.

Full-time.  Marshall misses the conversion and the score finishes at Newcastle 42 Wests Tigers 10.  A night to forget for the Tigers, who of course it must not be forgotten are still grieving the loss of young prop Mosese Fotuiaka.  Our sympathies go out to his family, friends and teammates.  The Tigers tonight played in a strip dedicated to the 20-year-olds memory.

80 min: Benji Marshall flicks one inside to Moltzen who makes no mistake with this one.  Newcastle 42 Tigers 10 with a kick to come.  The Tigers have bookended the scoring here but that's about all there is to say about their performance.

80 min: The Knights hold the Tigers up over the line again and are defending like a side two points clear rather than 36.

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80 min: Farah goes from dummy-half inches out from the line but the Knights defence is wise to his ruse.

80 min: Into the final minute here at Hunter Stadium as the Tigers win a penalty.  Robbie Farah looks to be down with a cramp, which does have a tendency to occur after you've made more than 40 tackles.

Looks like a push in the back from Moltzen there on Jeremy Smith and it's a no-try ruling.

77 min: Tim Moltzen is over the line for the Tigers but doesn't look particularly confident of scoring the most inconsequential try in sporting history.  Or maybe he's just not amused at the moment.  Can't fathom why.

This one about sums it up for the visitors:

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The scoreline remains Newcastle 42 Wests Tigers 6 as the fat lady begins her vocal exercises.

75 min: Kade Snowden finds the gap for the Knights but the pass is ruled forward.

74 min: Uate goes for try number four but is caught metres short.

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I know more worse doesn't make sense.  Please send all complaints care of B. Sessle.

72 min: It just goes from worse to .... more worse for the Tigers as they cough up possession yet again.

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72 min: The Tigers go the short kick and all that results is the Knights are now 10m out.  Again.

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71 min: Joel Reddy is penalised for grounding the ball on his own line in attempting to return to the field of play and it will be a line drop-out for the Knights.

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70 min: Well, not really, but a wee amount of argy-bargy results from that penalty being awarded to the Knights, and besides, I haven't had a chance to use the stink icon yet.  Fire up, lads.

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69 min: Kurt Gidley adds another two points.  Newcastle 42 Tigers 6.

The Tigers' previous biggest loss in the opening round was in 2005 when they went down 28-12 in the season opener.  Of course, they went on to win the premiership that year, but that will be the furthest thing from their minds right now.  All smiles from Jarrod Mullen on the sideline suggesting that injury may not be too serious.

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