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Knights 32 Storm 30

Newcastle Knights beat Melbourne Storm as Kurt Gidley scores with post-siren goal in NRL thriller

Newcastle skipper Kurt Gidley kicked a goal after the siren to give Newcastle a stunning 32-30 win against Melbourne at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

Gidley's pressure conversion, after an Akuila Uate try on the final play of regular time locked scores at 30-all, gave the Knights the lead for the first time.

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Newcastle scored twice in the last two minutes to snatch a miraculous 32-30 win over Melbourne.

With a 14,904-strong crowd in raptures, an elated Gidley was mobbed by his teammates as they celebrated a victory that was the perfect response to last week's 50-10 loss to South Sydney.

Stunned Storm players trudged from the field, wondering how they had allowed two competition points, and a temporary hold of fourth position, to escape their clutches. 

Newcastle scored a stunning 32-30 win over Melbourne on Saturday night.
Newcastle scored a stunning 32-30 win over Melbourne on Saturday night. Photo: Getty Images

Storm winger Sisa Waqa scored four tries in vain. He joined Parramatta's Semi Radradra at the top of the NRL's list of try scorers with 16 four-pointers.

Melbourne led 16-10 at half-time after racing to an early 12-0 lead.


The visitors drew first blood in the sixth minute when back-rower Kevin Proctor burst into a yawning gap and linked with fullback Billy Slater, who seemingly strolled in to score between the posts.

Five minutes later, Waqa intercepted a Tyrone Roberts pass and raced 60 metres to score untouched.

Just in time: Skipper Kurt Gidley kicks the winning conversion.
Just in time: Skipper Kurt Gidley kicks the winning conversion. Photo: Getty Images

Just when it appeared the Knights were in danger of being handed their second successive thrashing, they rallied.

Recalled winger Uate, returning from a knee injury and a game in the NSW Cup, broke clear in the 22nd minute and passed inside to forward Chris Houston, who scored a try to celebrate his 150th NRL game.

Chanel Mata'Utia goes over in the corner.
Chanel Mata'Utia goes over in the corner. Photo: Getty Images

Four minutes later, Melbourne fumbled a Gidley bomb and Roberts juggled the ball, regained control, and forced it down for his ninth try of the season.

A second Waqa try in the 38th minute gave the Storm a six-point advantage at the break.

Newcastle reduced the deficit to two points eight minutes after the resumption when winger Chanel Mata'utia, appearing in his third top-grade game, scored a spectacular try by making a missile-like launch into the air and then planting the ball in the corner one-handed.

Mata'utia's elation was short-lived, however, as three minutes later Waqa got outside him to post his hat-trick.

A Will Chambers try gave Melbourne a 24-14 lead with just 14 minutes left to play.  

Newcastle's Dane Gagai then scored from dummy-half before Waqa apparently sealed the game by giving Melbourne a 30-20 lead with three minutes to play.

But the home side refused to conceded and Travis Waddell and Uate somehow conjured up tries, Uate's effort leaving Gidley with a sideline conversion attempt after the siren to win the game.

The Knights were depleted by the late withdrawal of Jarrod Mullen (abdominals) and Beau Scott, who failed a concussion test after a head knock during the game against Souths.