The St George Dragons once again opted to take one of their home games to Mudgee this week however, it was the Newcastle Knights who felt right at home at Glen Willow Oval.
The Knights dominated from the kick off scoring their first try of the afternoon only 4 minutes into the game with Tim Glasby
With all of the ball and full control of the game, the Knights took advantage of an easy points opportunity as Kalyn Ponga slotted a penalty goal right in front to take the lead to 8.
From this moment on, the Knights never looked back.
Kalyn Ponga kept the points coming with back-to-back tries, both with successful conversions and a penalty goal in between.
The first was a textbook Ponga try that saw him step and beat 5 different defenders to get the ball down. The second was a real low light for the Dragons as he practically crawled his way over the try line after breaking through the defensive line.
Kurt Mann got himself 4 points in a revenge game against his former club once again humiliating his defenders this time with a step on rookie Jai Field.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall almost had a try with an intercept however the Dragons managed to hold him out to head to the sheds down by 28 and looking very deflated.
The Knights picked up exactly where they left off in the second half with Shaun Kenny-Dowall getting a try in the corner after coming up short before half time.
The Dragons continued their shambles in defence this time with the defender failing to clear the ball in the in goal which Mitchell Pearce was able to ground for a 4 pointer.
Ponga converted and the Knights led 38-0.
The game took a drastic turn however when Kurt Mann was sin binned after 4 consecutive penalties, the final within the 20.
With a man down, the Dragons were able to take some control of the game and got 12 points on the board.
The first, in the set of six immediately following the sin bin, went to Tariq Sims who rolled over the try line however the second was the real beauty for the Red V.
Before the 5th, Ben Hunt saw a defensive gap and put in a little cross field kick to a flying Zac Lomax who acrobatically got the ball down right in the corner.
10 minutes ticked on too quickly for the Dragons however and once Kurt Mann returned to the field, the Knights bounced right back with a try to Connor Watson who jumped on a fantastic offload from Mitch Barnett.
To add even more salt to the wound, Mitchell Pearce kicked a ginormous field goal to take their final tally to 45 and making it 4 in a row for the boys from Newcastle.
NRL News Man of the Match
3. Mitchell Pearce
2. Kalyn Ponga
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