16/04/2024

The Newcastle Knights continue their winning ways, with a game-winning try against the Eels (Image: Newcastle Knights Twitter)

Jesse Southwell continues to impress this season in the NRLW with her kicking game a big feature of the Knights’ win over the Eels. The organisation of Newcastle’s offence was also a factor to keep them undefeated.

In the first 15 minutes of the game, the teams were going back and forth and got active quickly on the scoreboard. 

Then in the eighth minute, Rikeya Horne scored a try on the right edge, showcasing her ability to keep moving, even when multiple defenders are trying to tackle her down. 

The Knights were able to capitalise on cheap penalties conceded by the Eels when Tamika Upton shone, creating and scoring her own try by putting multiple steps on the defenders and using her length to reach to put the ball over the line against Gayle Broughton.

The second half saw a shift in control of the game, with the Knights having back-to-back sets in the first five minutes.

Tayla Predebon in the middle was able to score in their second set to start the second half, with an effective inside ball from Jesse Southwell to open up the Eels defensive line. 

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The Eels hit back with a solid last-tackle kick crossfield from Tayla Preston to rookie winger Tess Staines on the right edge, beating Jakiya Whitfield to the ball.

The Knights were able to tie the game up 12-all with a penalty conceded by the Eels close to the try-line with 22 minutes to go.

The Eels continue to score off the boot, with a kick from Preston, confusing the Knight’s backline in the contest for Horne to score her second try for the game.

Jesse Southwell’s kicking game was on display, ranging from grubber kicks close to the line or deep down the field that gave them advantageous field position to defend. 

After many back-and-forth sets between both teams, the Knights were able to get back into the Eels’ half and score in the 68th minute.

Olivia Higgins scooped up the ball from dummy-half and ran at the Eels try-line defence, creating space for her to go through.

A one-on-one from Kennedy Cherrington created one more opportunity for the Eels, however, the Knight’s defence was able to hold off a hungry Eels squad. 

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