Magpies struck down by Knights

A consolation try to Tim Mannah wasn't enough to get the Wentworthville Magpies the win in their Canterbury Cup game against the Newcastle Knights.

No points were scored in the second half until the last play, but each team had plenty of opportunity in attack.

The game started with end-to-end play between the two sides for the first 12-minutes.

But after repeated sets on their own try line, the Magpies couldn’t stop a nice attacking play by the Knights, with Jamie Buhrer scoring off a grubber kick.

Little windows of opportunity cropped up for both teams, but points went begging.

The Magpies and Knights played tough end-to-end football, until the next points came in the 27th minute, with the Knights opting for a penalty goal from in front of the posts.

Knights fullback Tex Hoy went solo to extend the lead, making a line break and running 50 metres to score in the corner.

The tussle continued in the second half, with both teams unable to find a breakthrough.

A penalty goal went begging to the Knights with 17 minutes to go.

The Knights held good field position in the Magpies half, and had plenty of opportunities, but defence proved too strong for them to cross again.

Both teams had a number of half chances, but the second half remained scoreless until the final play after a penalty was blown.

Tim Mannah plucked a chip kick from under the post to score after the full time siren.

He then went on to convert his own try, to the roar of the Blue and Gold Army.

The Magpies went down to the Knights 6-12.