Dane Gagai

It was a clash that both sides had to win, but it was the Newcastle Knights who came out on top – as they defeated the Parramatta Eels 20-12 at Parramatta Stadium last night.

The loss means that the Eels have not won consecutive NRL games since Round 20 2010 – with some inconsistencies and basic errors at crucial times, costing the Eels victories.

The match was headed for a close finish, Ken Sio crossed with 8 minutes to go to cut the deficit to 8, but the half chances that the Eels had, they could not convert them.

The Knights won, but the injury may have come at a cost, with prop Kade Snowden likely to be out for a few weeks with medial ligament damage.

The win for the Knights was one they needed, and for coach Wayne Bennett, he said that the confidence among the players was starting to lift.

“Success gives you that,” Bennett said.

“We’re doing things that the good teams do. We’re starting to do it two weeks in a row now.

“We wouldn’t have won that game a month ago – we would have lost it just after halftime there when the pressure was really on.

“We’d won the odd game this year but we hadn’t been able to back it up.”

For Eels coach Stephen Kearney, he summed it up as taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back – following their win last week.

“We were maybe a step off with the execution of our attack,” he said.

“I thought we created enough opportunities, but we couldn’t take that final pass, couldn’t take that final step.

“It was a bit frustrating in that sense.”

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