The Newcastle Knights have emerged triumphant in a thrilling NRLW grand final, defeating the Gold Coast Titans 24-18. Despite falling behind on two occasions, the Knights mounted a stunning comeback to secure back-to-back titles. Key to their success was Tamika Upton, 

who not only scored two tries but also played a pivotal role in setting up two others. Upton’s exceptional performance saw her claim her second consecutive Karyn Murphy medal, further solidifying her status as a rising star in the sport.

The contest took place under grueling conditions at Accor Stadium, with cooling fans strategically placed behind each bench and slushy machines provided to both teams. 

The sweltering heat in Sydney served as an additional challenge for the players, intensifying the physicality and determination on the field.

Gold Coast fullback Evania Pelite set the tone early for the Titans, showcasing her strength and agility with two powerful hit-ups in the opening set. However, the Titans failed to convert their early scoring opportunity and were unable to capitalize on their promising start. 

Meanwhile, the Knights, who were the minor premiers and heavily favored, struggled to find their rhythm initially, unable to advance beyond their own goalline for the first ten minutes.

It was not until the 14th minute that the Titans managed to break through the Knights’ defense, with Lauren Brown delivering a perfectly timed inside ball to Jaime Chapman, who crashed over for the opening try. 

The Titans’ dominance continued as they extended their lead with a penalty goal from Zara Canfield following a hair-pulling incident.

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