Oh brother, what a victory for Knights
YOUNG Newcastle brothers Sione and Chanel Mata'utia had a day to remember at Hunter Stadium as the Knights ran out 28-22 winners, the result leaving the Warriors' position in the top eight under threat.
A nervous Sione, who had to wait until his 18 birthday in June to be eligible to play in the NRL, was playing just his fourth NRL game - which have included the team's last two upset wins.
He revealed he had taken master coach Wayne Bennett's advice to go out and "have a crack", bagging a career first hat-trick, including a contender for try of the year, stretching out with the ball in one hand and freakishly grounding it in a gang tackle with his entire body suspended over the sideline in the 53rd minute.
His older brother Chanel celebrated his 22nd birthday by scoring Newcastle's final try. Another of the brothers, Peter, scored a try for St George-Illawarra in its win over Canberra at the weekend.
The Warriors had an opportunity to avoid the logjam for eighth place, but after being 14-0 and 28-18 down, were a little unlucky not to force the game into golden point after winger Manu Vatuvei had scored a miraculous try to make it 28-22. With the Warriors on the attack and the clock ticking down, a final pass from fullback Sam Tomkins to his outside supports was plucked out of the air by Joseph Leilua as the visitors looked certain to score.