The Newcastle Knights have tonight run out winners over the Brisbane Broncos 26-18 at Suncorp Stadium.
The Broncos started strongly, almost blowing the Knights off the park early. Corey Parker crossed in the 9th minute, and then Andrew McCullough took advantage of some weak defense to score in the 13th minute.
When the Broncos got a penalty in the 14th minute, and kicked a penalty goal, the Broncos looked like they may run away with it. But that 14-0 deficit wasn't enough.
From that point, the Knights switched on their defense. At one stage in the first half, the Broncos forced almost six full sets in a row on attack, but the Knights managed to defend their line successfully.
Akuila Uate had a forgettable first half. He swooped on a loose ball in the 23rd minute, before sprinting almost 100 metres - to put the ball down for what seemed like a certain try. But the referee called it back to look at the grounding, and, amazingly, Uate had dropped the ball over the line with no one near him.
It got worse for Uate a few minutes later, when he knocked on a bomb he was attempting to defuse, giving the Broncos great field position.
But it was the Knights who finished the first half on the highest note, when BJ Leulia crossed for a try just before the break.
Trailing 14-6 at half time, the Knights came out strongly in the second half. The Broncos penalised themselves out of the game early in the half, with 5 penalties in quick succession eventually seeing Sam Thaiday sent to the bin.
Two minutes later the Knights took advantage, when Gidley dived over the line just left of the posts. Gidley injured his ankle in the process, and was stretchered from the ground and taken straight to hospital.
But his team carried on with the job, through a try to Boyd, and another try to Leulia.
Corey Oates scored with 8 minutes left, to set up a thrilling finish, but it was Darius Boyd who had the last laugh, scoring with only two minutes left in the game, to seal the win for his team.
The final score, Newcastle Knights 26, Brisbane Broncos 18.
That result effectively ends the season for the Broncos, who are no chance of making the finals. The Knights, on the other hand, will be buoyed by that win, and will head in to next weekends game with the Parramatta Eels confident of a semi-final berth.