What a player. What a person. 42pm on Oct 2, 2022Recruitment drive nets stunning title winFair to say that scoreline probably didn’t reflect how close the game was with the Eels launching a revival in the second half and they could have been level if not for Gayle Broughton’s disallowed try. But take nothing away from the Knights, who were the better team and have gone from worst to first in less than 12 months. Goes to show what a shrewd bit of recruitment can do to change a team with Millie Boyle, Tamika Upton and Yasmin Clydsdale the backbone of their side. Here’s the match report from Caden Helmers. Kiana Takirangi scores her second try.
She was only just born in time to see the Tigers’ 2005 premiership. She then drives the conversion through the posts and it’s 28-12 with just over a minute left. The Knights are about to be crowned NRLW champions. 25pm on Oct 2, 2022Takairangi gets second try as Knights almost homeThat might just be it! The Knights are celebrating after Kiana Takairangi gets her second try - she could have had so many more - after a sweet right-side shift finds the winger, who dives over in the corner. They’ve just been a bit more clinical when it’s mattered most.
Credit:Getty4. 38pm on Oct 2, 2022‘My sister created this team’The star of the show speaking to Nine. 32pm on Oct 2, 2022Full-time: Knights 32 Eels 12The Knights are the NRLW premiers. And they’ve done with a try in the final 30 seconds, too. This time, it’s Yasmin Clydsdale, who won an NRLW title with the Roosters earlier this year, pouncing on an awkwardly bouncing ball after a kick from Caitlin Moran to send her teammates into raptures. Hannah Southwell’s sideline conversion just misses to the left, but it doesn’t matter. After not winning a game in the delayed 2021 season played earlier this year, the Knights are 2022 champions. What a story for Ronnie Griffiths’ side. 28pm on Oct 2, 2022Teenage star Southwell seals it with solo tryWell, that’s appropriate with teenage star Jesse Southwell, who had to consult NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo about playing in the competition this season because she’s just 17, puts the icing on the cake with a solo try from close to the line.
Kick-off is due at 7. 30pm. 4. 49pm on Oct 2, 2022Upton nets Karyn Murphy Medal as NRLW player of the matchTamika Upton has been voted best on park with a five-star display fullback. It was always going to be a closely-run thing between her and Jesse Southwell, but the fullback has got the nod. Hard to argue really given her crucial second-half try and constant attacking threat. Eels captain Simaima Taufa is in tears during her speech on the presentation stage.
Jesse Southwell’s sideline conversion misses to the right, but Newcastle lead 22-12 with only four minutes left. The Eels need a miracle. 22pm on Oct 2, 2022Moran denied potential match-winning tryWell, that would have been a bit awkward. Caitlin Moran, the Knights player who was suspended for one week over a derogatory social media post about The Queen, might have just scored the match-sealing grand final try then. She’s only just come onto the field for Kirra Dib.
NRL grand final 2022 as it happened: Penrith secure back-to-back premierships with dominant performance over ParramattaLoadingKey posts10 of 165. 00pm on Oct 2, 2022Boyle carries for game-high 271 metresThe Newcastle Knights are doing a lap of honour to celebrate their historic NRLW title. Millie Boyle poses for a photo with the trophy after a stellar season. She ran for another staggering 271 metres in the grand final after a couple of early mistakes and is clearly the best forward in the women’s game at the moment. The countdown is now on to the men’s showdown between the Panthers and Eels.