Last-minute heroics seal Thunderbolts win
The Thunderbolts have made it three wins in a row with a thrilling 26-24 win over Newcastle.
A Jesse Arthars conversion on full-time sealed the win after Jacob Tongue leveled the scores with an 80th minute try.
"(Jesse Arthars) has been kicking really well this year. I think with that game today he moved into the leading points scorer in the NYC," Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith said.
"To the boys real credit, they hung in there and were able to fight to the death.
"Earlier in the year if it was 24-20 with a few minutes to go we'd probably shut up shop and throw the towel in. It has been a really good for a month for us.
"Today wasn't pretty, it probably wasn't our best performance over the last month but to get the job done is really pleasing and I know something the boys will take a lot out of. "
It was a game that experienced several shifts in momentum with the lead changing several times throughout the match.
The Knights opened the scoring through Jayden Butterfield in the 4th minute before Josh Kerr made it 6-6 with a converted try.
The Thunderbolts hit the lead in the 15th minute after a string of offloads down the right edge sent Scott Drinkwater over the line.
The boys in purple added another two tries before the half hour mark with Drinkwater securing his double for a 20-6 lead.
Newcastle needed a response and they got one on the stroke of half-time when they capitalised on a mistake to cut the deficit to eight points at the break.
That try seemed to give the Knights renewed confidence as the scored the next two tries of the game to take a 24-20 lead prior to the half hour mark.
The final 20 minutes saw the Thunderbolts have plenty of opportunity to take the lead but were unable to find a way through the opposition line.
With just two minutes to play the Knights had possession and is seemed the Thunderbolts' chance at victory had gone.
However in the 80th minute Tongue broke through to draw his side level before Arthars stepped up with ice in his veins to snatch an unlikely victory.