JAMES POLSON: Tyrone Roberts makes no mistake with the conversion as the siren sounds and that's a 32-14 win to Wayne Bennett's Knights. It's their fourth on the trot, the first time they've achieved such a feat since 2010 and they now sit just one point behind Manly (who are playing at the moment) in fifth place and might just be the smokey to shake up the top four. He and Knights fans everywhere would like a little more consistency in their performances but they're certainly doing it at the right end of the year. That's it from us today, thanks as always for your company and be sure to log on to smh.com.au or pick up a copy of tomorrow's Herald for Michael Chammas' take on today's match as well as the rest of Australia's best sporting news and analysis. Thanks again and we'll be back again from 7pm on Monday night when the table-topping Rabbitohs take on the Dragons.
80 min: Neville Costigan is over for the Knights and he just gets it down over the line. Newcastle 30 Panthers 14, kick to come.
78 min: A potential consolation try to Penrith. Cameron Ciraldo goes to the boot 10m out and then soccers it over the tryline again for Clint Newton to dive on it. Manchester United may still be in town for a few more hours but it's hard to see David Moyes putting in a bid for the big back-rower.
The Knights are on the attack again and don't look like they're finished yet.
But that particular raid certainly is as Matt Moylan takes it up for Penrith.
71 min: An easier kick for Tyrone Roberts this time and he adds the extras. Newcastle 26 Penrith 8.
70 min: TRY. Kade Snowden bags his first of the year and that'll be the Knights just a point outside the top four. Newcastle 24 Penrith 8, kick to come.
70 min: A line drop-out from Penrith and a repeat set for the Knights. Game over if they score again. Field goal possibly?
67 min: Wes Naiqama makes some good metres, and not for the first time this half, but it's the last tackle and another set comes to nothing for the Panthers.
Try awarded. Newcastle 20 Penrith 8, kick to come. That's Uate's 80th try in the red and blue which makes him equal third on the list with Andrew Johns. Timana Tahu is one ahead on 81 and Adam Macdougall leads the pack with 87. It's almost a foregone conclusion that Uate will break that record.
57 min: Nothing wrong with this one and that's just about the ball game. Uate crosses in the corner for his second, we're going upstairs as always but there's no problem with this one. Should be a try ruled and that'll make it Newcastle 20 Penrith 8 with a kick to come.
56 min: Soft defence from Penrith there and Dane Gagai is over but looks to have been held up. Lewis Brown the trysaver if that does turn out to be the case.
54 min: Robbie Rochow (who it must be said boasts one of the best names in league) has come off second-best with a hit from Mose Masoe. Nothing malicious but he's on report, and appeared to return the favour to referee Ashley Klein.
54 min: Clint Newton makes a bust for Penrith before being stripped one-on-one by Chris Houston.
Change for the Panthers with Wes Naiqama making way for Ryan Simpkins.
44 min: Four Knights only just manage to stop a rampaging Clint Newton scoring before the turnover.
47 min: Craig Gower has scored his first NRL try in almost six years following a good chase for Tyrone Roberts' kick. Plenty of looks from the video ref but it's awarded and Matt Moylan will be wondering why he didn't just parry that one over the dead ball line. Roberts adds the extras and the Knights lead 16-8.
Wayne Bennett told the Knights at half-time that they need to find some energy and put more pressure on the Panthers with their kicks, while for Penrith Ivan Cleary was fairly happy but thought his troops were a bit 'soft' in the dying stages of the first half.
43 min: Penrith get the penalty on the fifth this time and will kick for touch from the half-way line.
42 min: An early penalty for the Knights and with it a chance to get out of their own half.
41 min: The second half is under way with Clint Newton taking the first hit-up for the Panthers.
Here's what Chammas has to say:
Some ominous signs for Penrith at the end of that second half with Darius Boyd starting to come into the game. He's the key to Newcastle's hopes this season. The Queensland winger is the only Knights players causing the Panthers defence headaches. Matt Moylan looks dangerous when he's got the ball and must get more involved in the second half if the Panthers are going to rack up their ninth win of the season.
JAMES POLSON: An interesting opening 40 minutes at Centrebet Stadium - Newcastle looked the better side in the opening minutes before the Whare try seemed to completely sap their momentum. Penrith also got plenty of help from some ill-disciplined Newcastle penalties and doubtless that will be mentioned during Wayne Bennett's half-time talk. This one could still go either way but the Knights are beginning to look dangerous and Penrith have not won a match this year (from seven attempts) when they've been down at the break. We'll be back in a few minutes with Michael Chammas' take on the first half. Stick around. Newcastle 10 Penrith 8.
40 min: Tyrone Roberts adds the extras and with it gives Newcastle the lead for the first time in this match 10-8.
39 min: Darius Boyd is over for the Knights. The fullback made the break at the beginning of the set to kick things off for Newcastle and is there to wrap it up in the corner as well. Video referee will decide this one again however, not certain exactly what they're checking but it could be a potential obstruction.
37 min: David Fa'aologo makes half a bust but Lewis Brown is there to save the day for Penrith.
34 min: Newcastle get a penalty late in the set and with it a chance to hit back and snatch the lead before half-time.
30 min: Walsh lands it and the lead is out to a try. Penrith 8 Newcastle 4.
28 min: Another penalty to Penrith. The Knights need to stop piggybacking them out of their own half, especially having just got on the board. And as I type that, they've got another one again and it looks like Luke Walsh will opt to take the two points.
24 min: TRY to Newcastle. And that's more like it from the Knights. They go from one side of the field to the other and back again before Dane Gagai gets the offload away to a flying Akuila Uate who runs 55m to score. Matt Moylan does his best to neutralise the big winger but it was never going to be enough to stop the former Blue scoring his first try in six matches. Penrith 6, Newcastle 4, kick to come and game on.
21 min: A rare sight in the last 15 or so minutes - Newcastle on the attack but once again it comes to nothing for the Knights.
It hasn't taken long for the Twitterverse to cast their judgment on the Whare try:
15 min: The try has been awarded, looks like rumours of the benefit of the doubt's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Penrith 4 Newcastle 0, kick to come.
15 min: TRY to Penrith, and a moral try to the mighty Sea Eagles. Luke Walsh sends a perfectly waited kick to the corner before David Simmons taps it back for Dean Whare to score an absolute belter. Or has he... He looks like his hand is on the ground over the touchline, and that's the only thing that will stop this being awarded. It looks worse with each replay, although he deserves the four points for that effort.
14 min: Another set for the Panthers and a chance to build some pressure. Still 0-0 as the quarter-hour mark approaches.
12 min: Another penalty goes the way of the Panthers who are 30m out on their second tackle.
9 min: Luke Walsh chases a 40-20 and very nearly gets it before Darius Boyd wraps it up after a fumble.
7 min: Luke Walsh fires a kick toward the in-goal but Roberts' reflexes are more than equal to the task. Solid take from the Knights' halfback.
6 min: Tyrone Roberts spills it and the Panthers have another set 40m out from the Knights' line.
4 min: Newcastle threatening down the right flank with some nice passing but the last one flies over the sideline well in front of Akuila Uate. Penrith have the feed on their own 10m line.
3 min: Newcastle get the first penalty of the match - hands in the ruck and they'll resume just shy of the half-way line.
1 min: The Knights will have the first set as Jeremy Smith is tackled on the third 40m out from his own line.
A minute's silence at Centrebet Stadium in memory of the Panthers' inaugural coach, Leo Travena, who passed away after a long battle with illness yesterday. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
JAMES POLSON: Good afternoon and welcome to today's live coverage of the Panthers hosting the Knights at Centrebet Stadium. Another spectacular Sydney Sunday afternoon for this clash between two sides running all-but neck and neck in eighth and ninth on the ladder. Plenty to play for as well with the winner of this one very likely to move into fifth spot. We're a few minutes away from kick-off and there's a bit of team news: Brad Tighe is out for the Panthers with Wes Naiqama coming in. For Newcastle David Fa'alogo comes onto the bench at the expense of Korbin Sims.
Centrebet Stadium, Penrith, Sunday 2pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 6 2013 - Knights 8 bt Panthers 6 at Hunter Stadium
Head-to-head: Panthers 13 Knights 21 drawn 3
Referees: Ashley Klein, Adam Devcich
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB: Panthers $2.10 Knights $1.7
FootyTab: Knights +0.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Knights veteran Craig Gower faces his former club for the first time, but the Panthers bear little resemblance to the team he last played for six years ago before switching to rugby union. With Luke Lewis, Michael Jennings and Michael Gordon having left the club last year, prop Tim Grant (who made his debut during Gower’s final season) is the last remaining Panther who played alongside the dual international. Although the Knights have won only two of eight matches away this season, no one has a better record at Centrebet Stadium over the past 15 years than Newcastle. The Knights have won eight and drawn one of their past 11 matches at the ground. The seventh-placed Panthers could jump as high as fifth if they score a fourth consecutive victory.
Phil's tip: Knights by 10.
AAP writes: Seventh hosts sixth in this battle to consolidate a position in the top eight. The loser on could slip back as far as 10th. The Panthers will be without forwards Nigel Plum and Matt Robinson, while Beau Scott returns to the Knights’ starting side after the birth of his child. The Panthers have won six of their last eight, while the Knights have rebounded from a slump where they lost four straight games with two recent wins.
Key: The Knights will need props Willie Mason and Kade Snowden to dismantle a Panthers forward pack that has been struck by injuries if they are to clinch this on.
PANTHERS: Matt Moylan, James Roberts, Brad Tighe, Dean Whare, David Simmons, Isaac John, Luke Walsh, Mose Masoe, Kevin Kingston (capt), Tim Grant, Clint Newton, Lewis Brown, Adam Docker. Interchange: James Segeyaro, Cameron Ciraldo, Jeremy Latimore, Ryan Simpkins.
KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Joey Leilua, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen (capt), Tyrone Roberts, Kade Snowden, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Robbie Rochow, Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Craig Gower, Chris Houston, Neville Costigan, Korbin Sims, Zane Tetevano (one to be omitted).