Tyson Gamble accuses Jack Wighton of biting, biting accusation, video, reaction, Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders, score, results, Knights extra time, news


Tyson Gamble accuses Jack Wighton of biting, biting accusation, video, reaction, Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders, score, results, Knights extra time, news

A Kalyn Ponga penalty goal late in the second period of extra time has given the Knights a thrilling 30-28 win over the Raiders, but the game has been marred by a stunning biting allegation.

Ponga was outstanding again for Newcastle, and it was his boot which proved the difference after his side was awarded an 89th-minute penalty ten metres out when Hudson Young was ruled to be offside in an attempt to stop a potential field goal.

After securing their tenth consecutive win, the Knights will progress to the second week of the finals for the first time since 2013. They will travel to NZ to take on the Warriors next Saturday.

Canberra entered the game as rank outsiders, and coach Ricky Stuart was unable to continue an incredible streak of reaching the second week of the finals. Prior to Sunday, he had never been eliminated in week 1 of the finals as a coach.

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Tyson Gamble celebrates the win.Source: Supplied

The match turned on its head in the 47th minute when Raiders star Jack Wighton was accused of biting Knights’ Tyson Gamble and was placed on report.

Gamble was clearly upset after the tackle and went through with the accusation when asked by referee Ashley Klein if Wighton had bitten him.

“That’s slobber, that’s not sweat,” Gamble alleged to Klein.

“I can’t move my mouth. He’s got to move his arm,” Wighton protested.

Wighton on report for ALLEGED BITE | 00:46

Wighton was placed on report but allowed to stay on the field by referee Ashlee Klein – but it only served to inspire a Newcastle comeback in front of a heaving home crowd of 29,548 at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Having been down 16-6 at halftime, the Knights surged to a 28-16 lead before Canberra fought back – only for the Raiders to miss two late field goal attempts to win the game in regulation time.

Wighton could yet be referred to the judiciary by the match review committee steps in, with the star’s 2024 club the Rabbitohs surely sweating over a potential ban.

In an injury blow, Newcastle halfback Jackson Hastings was ruled out of the game at halftime with a re-aggravation of a pre-existing ankle injury.

The Knights scored first after five minutes, but the Raiders would put up 16 unanswered points in the first half to lead by 10 at the break.

“Wow, they have really rattled the cages of the Knights here,” Greg Alexander said.

It was a tale of two halves, as Ponga came alive after the break.

The fullback scored one and set up two as Newcastle recorded a four-try flurry to go ahead 28-16.

Raiders half Matt Frawley scored to bring the margin back to six with 15 to go, setting up a grandstand finish.

Canberra peppered Newcastle’s line over the next 10 minutes, finally breaking open the Knights defence when Tom Starling snuck through in the 77th minute.

Fogarty nailed the conversion which levelled the scores at 28.

Jamal Fogarty’s field goal attempt at the end of regulation was charged down by Tyson Frizell.

Fogarty would have another attempt at the end of the first extra time period which was also charged down.

The Knights’ first chance at the Raiders line in extra time resulted in points, as Young jumped offside when trying to thwart a Ponga field goal attempt in the 89th minute.

Knights gift Raiders TWO early tries | 00:39



Kalyn Ponga drills a penalty goal to give the Knights the lead late in the second extra time period.

The penalty was awarded 10 out, next to the posts after Raiders forward Hudson Young was ruled to have been offside.


Tom Starling scores the leveller for Canberra to tie the score at 28-all.


The Knights go against the grain and nearly the length of the field to score their fourth in a row.

With the Raiders attacking the Knights line on the last, Matt Frawley put up a bomb which bounced right into the hands of Tyson Gamble who quickly found Dom Young.

Young was too speedy and beat fullback Jordan Rapana before racing away to score his second try.


Kalyn Ponga breaks the line, shoots through and finds Dom Young to his outside who finishes the try.

It’s the Knights’ second try in a row and puts them back in front.


James Schiller added his second try on the stroke of halftime with Jamal Fogarty knocking over a sideline conversion to extend the lead to 10.

Star centre Dane Gagai has had a mare, dropping three balls, including one over the try line which would have given the Knights the lead.


Raiders reserve Trey Mooney barged over with a number of Knights’ defenders draped all over him to give his side the lead.

“Wow, they have really rattled the cages of the Knights here,” Greg Alexander said.


James Schiller scores one of the easiest tries he ever will to get the Raiders on the board.

Jack Wighton laid on a big hit on Dane Gagai, which forced the ball loose at the Knights own 20 metre-line.

Hudson Young picked up the loose ball before giving it to an unmarked Schiller who scored in the corner.

“That’s an error you don’t see from Dane Gagai,” Jake Duke said on Fox League.


Earlier, the Raiders were denied a try when Ata Mariota dove over from close range, with the ball seeming to slightly brush the ground.

However, the try was initially disallowed, with the Bunker not seeing enough evidence to overturn the decision.

“That is remarkable… basically his own fingers denying the Raiders front rower from scoring their first try of the game,” Warren Smith said in commentary.


Knights winger Greg Marzhew continues his terrific season, scoring the first try of the game.

Marzhew got on the end of a lovely catch and pass from Bradman Best, with Kalyn Ponga involved in the backline movement as well.

‘Beautiful stuff, the execution is perfect,” Steve Roach said.

The Raiders had an early setback with youngster Hohepa Puru (head knock) ruled out of the game after just three minutes.


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