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A last ditch Nathan Gardner try, scored off a Sosaia Feki pass, has helped the Sharks to a 15-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights in game one of the NRL Nines.

The Sharks fell behind early, before a clever Nu Brown pass put Sam Tagataese crashing over under the uprights, the big back rower touching down in the bonus zone for a five-point try.

When Daniel Holdsworth slotted the conversion the Sharks would lead 7-6, a score which they would hold through to the half time break.

The Sharks extended their lead in the early minutes of the second stanza when Todd Carney sliced through. Holdsworth was off target with the drop kick conversion attempt and the Sharks led 11-6.

The Knights however responded with a try to BJ Leulia and with the Jarrod Mullin kick on target edged ahead to lead 12-11 with the clock ticking.

On this the first game of the 2014 Nines tournament the Sharks though wouldn't be denied and on their final tackle with time running out a backline play saw Feki throw the last pass to Gardner, who juggled before scoring wide out.

The Knights had one play after the ensuing kickoff but the Sharks would snuff out the challenge and record an exciting 15-12 victory.

The next game for the Sharks is against the Wests Tigers at 2.20pm (Sydney time)

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