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How it happened last time | PHOTOS Watene-Zelezniak bombs a try, catching a ball metres from an open line with a foot raking the sideline chalk. Picture: Fox Sports/Twitter
Joe Wardle warming up ahead of the clash. Picture: @nrlknights/Twitter
TweetFacebookThe Knights play Penrith at 2pmon Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium. You can follow the live match blog here.
Here’s a look back at Robert Dillon’s match report from that Friday night in Marchwhen the two sides met for the first time this year.
The Newcastle Knights were again hindered by head knocks as they crashed to a 40-0 hammering fromPenrith at Pepper Stadium on Friday night.
The seven-tries-to-none victory was partially overshadowed by a 29th-minute incident, when Knights bench forward Jacob Saifiti crashed to the ground after trying to tackle Penrith’s hard-running Sitaleki Akauola.
Saifiti sat dazed on the turf as he was treated by Knights trainer Tony Ayoub.
He was then taken to the dressing room for a head-injury assessment, unlike last week, when Knights fullback Brendan Elliot was allowed to stay on the field after a high shot from South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt.
The Elliot situation and ensuing controversyprompted the NRL to hit the Knights with a $100,000 breach notice, which the club intends to contest.
Saifiti returned to the game for the start of the second half, but soon after Knights hooker Danny Levi also suffered a heavy knock and went off for an assessment.
He, too, returned to the game.
Despite winning only one of their first three games, the Knights were in each of those contests until the 80thminute.
Against Penrith they were simply outclassed and the resultwas virtually sealedby half-time, with Penrith leading 22-0.
Penrith opened the scoring in the fourth minute when skipper Matt Moylan worked a backline move and winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak dived over in the corner.
Five minutes later, Watene-Zeleniak went within inches of scoring after Penrith created another right-edge overlap.
The home side made it 10-0 in the 21stminute when debutant Corey Harawira-Neara crashed through some flimsy defence, and halfback Nathan Cleary converted.
The scoreline quickly mounted as five-eighth Te Maire Martin and centre Tyrone Peachey scored before half-time.
The Panthers added further tries to Peter Wallace,Dean Whare and Cleary, who also kicked six goals from seven attempts.
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