NRL 2022 News: Adam O’Brien leaves after monumental mistake, Bulldogs vs Knights

Newcastle manager Adam O’Brien was unable to contain his emotions after the Knights somehow missed a regulation try on Friday night.

Newcastle Knights manager Adam O’Brien was unable to contain his emotions when striker Leo Thompson missed a regulation try during Friday night’s clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs in Brisbane.

The Magic Round began with an overwhelming match between the two struggling clubs, with the second half filled with unforced errors and sloppy strokes, in part due to the wet conditions at Suncorp Stadium.

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But O’Brien’s frustration exploded in the second half, exiting the observation area after an agonizing missed try in the 62nd minute.

The Knights were up 10-6 when midfielder Phoenix Crossland retrieved his foot from the back of a ruck 10 meters away and sprinted for a gap in defense.

Bulldogs full-back Matt Dufty faced the 21-year-old, who cleverly dumped Steeden at teammate Thompson, positioned right in front of the goalposts with no defenders in his way.

But to the frustration of Knights fans across the country, Thompson dropped the footy and bunlef what should have been his first attempt in the NRL: O’Brien immediately got up from his chair and walked out of the coach’s box.

“Leo, you missed your chance,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss shouted.

“Adam O’Brien is gone … he did a trick to disappear, he disappeared in the back.”

Queensland great Corey Parker continued: “He’s had enough, he’s out of the box.

“Thompson deserves a try, he was fantastic in this second half.

“All she had to do was hold him back.”

Voss replied, “This is white line fever, folks.

“He might have fallen.”

Fortunately for O’Brien, Newcastle midfielder Adam Clune dived in the 75th minute to secure victory and stop a seven-game losing streak.

The Knights only missed two tackles in the first half, demonstrating their commitment and the fact that the Bulldogs pulled little.

Canterbury had no exhausts in the opening verse, not even from competition exhausts king Tevita Pangai Junior. They were playing it safe, like a team lacking in confidence and victories.

Matt Burton’s kicks were the only highlight – his massive bombs on his left foot and silky grubbers caused a lot of headaches for rival captain Kalyn Ponga. It was no surprise that Canterbury’s only attempt came after Burton threaded the needle perfectly for skipper Josh Addo-Carr.

The Knights will then take on the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium on Thursday, kicking off at 19:50 AEST.

– with Joel Gould, NCA NewsWire

Originally published as ‘He’s had enough’: Knights manager Adam O’Brien storms out after a monumental mistake