NRL Round 1: Newcastle Knights vs Manly Sea Eagles in season 2018

Knights launch new era with golden-point triumph over Manly | PHOTOS The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers
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The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

The Newcastle Knights take on Manly Sea Eagles in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season. Pictures: Darren Pateman and Max Mason-Hubers

[email protected] coach Nathan Brown: “Junior [Pearce] did what he got brought here to do”. pic.twitter老域名出售/B2dlmZ7rWt

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) March 9, 2018He kicked the winning field-goal in his red and blue debut, but Mitchell Pearce credited the @NRLKnights’ forwards for tonight’s win. pic.twitter老域名出售/gaSRRE5CLl

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) March 9, 2018It was a “special” win for Mitchell Pearce, but the halfback is already thinking about how the @NRLKnights can improve for next week against Canberra. pic.twitter老域名出售/2M2mCXu94T

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) March 9, 2018

Ponga calmly nailed his third conversion to put the home team in front, 18-16.

Newcastle were denied by the video referee in the 67th minute when Manly coughed up possession, Knights lock Mitch Barnett scooped up the ball and plunged towards the line, and Kelly somehow prevented him from touching down.

Five minutes later, desperate defence from Cherry-Evans caused Knights winger Nathan Ross to lose the ball as he dived for the corner.

A controversial penalty for off-side in the 77th minute allowed Cherry-Evans to kick a 39-metre penalty goal and force extra time.

Cherry-Evans and former Roosters playmaker Pearce traded field goal attempts in the first five minutes of extra time, Pearce’s first shot shaving the left-hand upright.

He made no mistake with his second attempt.

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