The St-George Illawarra Dragons have claimed a comfortable 24-16 over the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle tonight.
The Dragons led 14-0 at half time and held out a Knights comeback in the second half.
The Dragons scored their first try through Chase Stanley, it did appear as though he had lost control of the ball, although it was given through benefit of the doubt.
The Dragons held out a Knights attacking raid and then scored an 80 metre try through the Morris brothers on the stroke of halftime.
It only took four minutes after halftime for the Dragons to put the match to bed, Jamie Soward scoring a fine individual try for a 20-0 lead, and Jason Ryles crossed nine minutes later to put the Dragons up 24-0.
The Knights struck back with two tries to Junior Sau to set up a mildly tense final 10 minutes, but could only score on fulltime for the 24-16 final scoreline.
KNIGHTS: 1. Kurt Gidley 2. James McManus 3. Wes Naiqama 4. Adam MacDougall 5. Cooper Vuna 6. Chris Bailey 7. Jarrod Mullen 8. Steve Simpson 9. Danny Buderus (c) 10. Jesse Royal 11. Chris Houston 12. Cory Paterson 13. Zeb Taia Interchange: 14. Scott Dureau 15. Ben Cross 16. Richard Fa Like