NRL pundits were left scratching their heads when the Melbourne Storm and Newcastle Knights turned up to their round 18 clash wearing very similar jerseys.
The two sides met at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast for the Saturday night fixture, which was relocated from Melbourne’s AAMI Park just days earlier due to Victoria’s Covid outbreak.
The game was supposed to be the Storm’s first in Melbourne since April, however, home fans are having to wait a little longer to see Craig Bellamy’s side in action, with all NRL teams based out of Queensland for at least the next month.
The Knights had been supposed to wear their home jersey for Saturday night’s clash but the last-minute venue change apparently led to sartorial confusion.
The hilarious jersey clash in the #NRLStormKnights game is peak community footy areas. Particularly given the reason – in a hurry, the Knights didn’t pack their other kit. #NRL
Don’t worry about the jersey clash: you should be able to distinguish the two teams very easily by their vastly different styles of play. #NRLStormKnights
Both teams in white? #NRLStormKnights#NRL
@BarryToohey Tonight's match report finished already: The team wearing white beat the other team wearing white #nrlstormknights
The Knights’ quest to score their first win over Melbourne since 2015 hit a major snag when the Storm ran in three early tries.
After Jahrome Hughes and Nicho Hynes both found the chalk in the dying minutes before the break, the assignment became even more difficult for the Novocastrians.
Newcastle had been forced to contend without veteran playmaker Mitchell Pearce, who was withdrawn late due to a hamstring injury.
He is expected to be available for the side’s round 20 clash with Canberra.
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