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Knights defeat Magpies despite Davey double

Two tries to back rower Andrew Davey wasn’t enough to help the Wentworthville Magpies to a win against Newcastle Knights in their Round Seven Canterbury Cup game.

Fresh off a win last week, the seventh placed Wentworthville Magpies travelled north to take on the ninth placed Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.
 
The Magpies opened the scoring early, with Ethan Parry crossing in the first minute of the game.
 
But their lead didn’t last long when the Knight’s hit back in the sixth minute with Jacob Gagai scoring in the corner, evening up the score line.
 
Both teams put on a further try each before halftime, with Phoenix Crossland scoring off a kick for the Knights and Andrew Davey crossing for the Magpies.
 
With a penalty goal apiece to Brad Keighran and Mason Lino, the teams ran into the sheds with the score locked at 14-14.
 
A knock on from the Knights in the first minute of the second half in their 40 opened up an early opportunity for the Magpies.
 
The Magpies forced a repeat set off a grubber kick, but they couldn’t convert the opportunity.
 
Another try off a kick to the Knights’ Beau Fermor opened up the game early in the second half as they took a four-point lead.
 
The exciting tussle saw Bevan French run 80 metres late in the game, but the fullback fell short of scoring when he was tackled 20 metres from the line.
 
The Knights made a stopped a kick in the follow up play and regained possession. 
 
Andrew Davey picked up his second try of the game with 10 minutes to go an a conversion by Brad Keighran gave the Magpies a two point lead.
 
The lead only lasted three minutes when Knights winger Kiah Cooper scored in the corner, before Mason Lino converted it.
 
Despite some last minute runs by Ethan Parry and Bevan French,  it wasn’t enough for the Magpies to win.
 
They lost to the Knights 24-20 in a tough battle.