Newcastle have finished season 2014 in style, with a thirty point thrashing of the absent-minded Dragons in front of 20,424 at Hunter Stadium this afternoon.
Coming into this afternoon it was the collision of two streaks, St George were nine games undefeated in the Hunter dating back to 2003 while Newcastle held a formidable record on their "old boys day" in recent seasons. Both teams were also disappointed in how their season turned out, so looking to end on a high.
Only one team showed up, in mind and on the field, being the home side. They led the Dragons from zero to eighty with some breathtaking displays including an evergreen performance from unsigned Timana Tahu. He came on for the concussed Joey Leilua and was a handful for the Dragons defense in both attack and defense.
Before his injury, Leilua got the scoring underway, as the centre finished off some handy work from his backline. Their charging metres got the Knights in position and he finished it off, with a dummy half scoot.
The Newcastle backline, had a field day against the Dragons with Jarrod Mullen notching himself on the board after a dummy, Sione Mata'utia, who has found himself a permanent fixture on the tryscorers since his debut, notched a double. His feat was matched by Timana Tahu who was the end of two backline movements, either side of the break to put the Dragons to the sword (the first making it 24-4 at the break).
It was a tenser second stanza, as the Knights added three more tries to bring the 20,000 locals who turned up to their feet as Dane Gagai added his name to the list, along side the two men who notched up doubles. There will be a sense of where has that been all season for a Knights side, who has blown away opposition at Hunter Stadium late in the season after a poor start.
For St George Illawarra, they weren't at the races, in mind or on-field with their attack looking sideways and disjointed - the only two bright spots were through tries for Brett Morris and Kyle Stanley to book end the game. The only flickering sign of passion, was in the 26th minute altercation that saw Josh Dugan and Tyrone Roberts sin-binned.