The Knights have pounced on a golden opportunity to kick ahead early at Brookvale Oval after captain Daly Cherry-Evans was sent to the bin for a professional foul in a try scoring position.
Fitzgibbon was deemed to be held up by Cherry-Evans who impeded his run as he was running to ground a smart grubber from Mitchell Pearce.
After lengthy deliberation from the bunker, the Manly skipper was deemed to have committed a professional foul, but a penalty try was not awarded due to the “proximity of surrounding Manly defenders.”
Cherry-Evans looked miffed as he walked from the field muttering to himself.
In a bizarre twist, however, the Knights chose to kick for a penalty rather than press their 12-man rivals for an early try.
They’d double down moments later, however, after Andrew McCullough crashed over after dummying from hooker metres from the line.
Cherry-Evans would turn himself from hero to villain, when returning to the field he made up for his binning with a slick try to draw the Knights back within two-points.