NRL finals – As it happened: Warriors thrash Newcastle 40-10 to charge into preliminary final

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That’s all she wrote. Up the Wahs!

Full-time: Warriors advance to the preliminary final against the Broncos in Brisbane next Saturday with a 40-10 thrashing of the Knights. Can’t remember a finals atmosphere quite like that. The crowd support for the Warriors was something else. It was an unfortunate way to bow out for the Knights, but they can hold their heads high after a 10-match winning streak.

Dylan Walker celebrates his second-half try.Credit: NRL Photos

Sirro the hero

76 min: Replacement forward Bayley Sironen crashes over from dummy-half to put the icing on the cake for the jubilant hosts. Pompey converts. Warriors 40-10.

Johnson gets an early mark

74 min: The crowd goes berserk as Shaun Johnson leaves the field after a nine-out-of-10 performance today.

Pretty to watch!

64 min: Magic hands by Johnson (what a return!) and Nicoll-Klokstad put Dallin Watene-Zelezniak over in the right corner. Pompey converts to continue the wild celebrations in the crowd. Warriors 34-10

Berry special moment

61 min: Centre Rocco Berry might have just sent the Warriors into the preliminary final by somehow burrowing between three defenders to score out wide. The crowd roars as Pompey adds the extras. Warriors 28-10.

Clock is ticking on the Knights’ premiership dream

Approaching the final 20 minutes of the match and the Knights desperately need a try very soon. Meanwhile, Kurt Munn has been ruled out of the rest of the GAME after failing his HIA.

Warriors are back in front by 12

47 min: Wayde Egan ducks out of dummy-half and Dylan Walsh does the rest, crashing over after a great ball from the hooker. Pompey converts. Warriors 22-10

Newcastle cut the deficit to six

43 min: Dylan Lucas scores after a suspect offload from halfback Adam Clune. Ponga converts. Warriors 16-10. Great start to the half by the Knights but Warriors fans are fuming the try was awarded.

Here we go again

41 min: The Knights launch the Steeden to begin the second half.

Fallout from Klein’s clangers

In news just in, the NRL has conceded referee Ashley Klein made two errors during Friday night’s semi-final in Melbourne, but left the door open for the official to control next weekend’s preliminary final and the grand final.

The Roosters weren’t penalised for this late high tackle on Harry Grant.Credit: Getty

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