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

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Kurt Gidley conversion completes stunning Knights comeback

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

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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.

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.

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

Time
80.00
Team
NEW
Score
32
Team
MEL
Score
30
Newcastle versus Melbourne
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Players Houston, Roberts, Mata'utia, Gagai, Waddell, Uate Tries 6 Tries 6 Players Slater, Waqa(4), Chambers
Players Gidley 4/6 (66%) Conversions 4 Conversions 3 Players Smith 3/6 (50%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

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. 

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.

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

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

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

Chanel Mata'Utia goes over in the corner.

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

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.

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.

24 comments so far

  • Typical! Another game decided by dodgy ref calls! & no wonder seeing it was Storm v Knights @ Newcastle! The players are struggling to keep up with the pace of the game but the refs are falling way behind!!!

    Commenter
    Annegeelong
    Date and time
    August 10, 2014, 12:37AM
    • What dodgy calls? The game wasn't decided by the refs it was decided by the Knights not giving up and the Storm thinking it was all over.

      Commenter
      Seano
      Date and time
      August 10, 2014, 10:28AM
    • Mate 11-3 penalties, this is week in week out for Storm. You seriously can't believe Storm play so differently that the penalty count could be that skewed.every week. The refs are so much harder on Storm because they are great at slowing play in defence and playing fast in attack, everything all other clubs try to emulate but somehow don't cop the penalties???

      Commenter
      mexican
      Date and time
      August 10, 2014, 11:26AM
    • The last penalty was a bit dodgy and I've seen plenty of penalities for Waddell's dummy half defense. The interpretations change with the situation and a rare exciting game would've been lost with consistency of rulings. I've seen plenty of players pushed over the sideline and it's a scrum so why was this one different? Inconsistencies of referees is terrible but worse is letting big names get away with infringements like Hayne last week knocking the ball loose in a PTB and not being penalised and a Warrior being penalised against Manly for the same thing. The NRL rules are a bit of a joke and the table reflects it.

      Commenter
      DragonsRGr8
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      August 10, 2014, 12:18PM
  • Great to see Slater lose a game by not holding the ball! I'm surprised that he is not the spokesperson for think before you hit. Every time this guy is hit in a hard tackle he jumps up swinging. So funny the look on this player who gave NZ the World Cup when he realized that Cam the lawyer Smith could not overturn the try he gave away!!! How are the charity payments going Slater?? PS thanks for the SOO win NSW couldn't have done it without you!! That last hog of the ball game 1 gave us the series pity you didn't pass it to the open players around you!!

    Commenter
    Mr Grub
    Date and time
    August 10, 2014, 12:56AM
    • Yep greatest players always get a bit of lip service, and all those average ones just fade into the distance. Your rant just shows how great he is because your expectations are so high. Billy would thank you for reminding him and will work harder.

      Commenter
      mexican
      Date and time
      August 10, 2014, 11:19AM
  • I could not get to the game last night but it must have been a great one. Praise to the boys as they have had a hard year and a well deserved win.

    Commenter
    Neweyboy
    Location
    Newcastle
    Date and time
    August 10, 2014, 6:28AM
    • Has to be one of the greatest wins in the club's history! Just so proud that they never gave up. After a horror season hopefully last night marks a turning point for the club, 2015 and the future beyond that.

      PS. Did Smith and Bellamy call for the sacking of the 2nd ref in the post match interview?

      Commenter
      Seano
      Date and time
      August 10, 2014, 6:49AM
      • What miracle? Hard work & never giving up.
        Knocked down last week. Back up this week & played to win.
        Go the Mighty Knights!

        Commenter
        Christina
        Location
        Newcastle
        Date and time
        August 10, 2014, 6:49AM
        • That is true Storm are actually the experts at finishing 80 minutes off, how many games have they won by staying in the competition. Unforyunately last night Storm got Stormed.

          Commenter
          mexican
          Date and time
          August 10, 2014, 11:22AM

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