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Newcastle proved it could win without captain Andrew Johns after downing a gallant South Sydney 42-28 on Sunday in the National Rugby League clash at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
The game was in the balance at 26-24 to the home side with 30 minutes remaining before Quinn and centre Timana Tahu bagged three tries between them to bury the enthusiastic Rabbitohs.
Souths, with just one win this season, have further problems following the reporting of second-rower Ashley Harrison for a high shot on Newcastle lock Ben Kennedy, who was forced off the field with concussion.
Kennedy, in his first match back from a shoulder/sternum injury, returned to the field to help the Knights to a 14-point victory.
The Knights were thrashed 46-6 by Melbourne last weekend without Test and NSW halfback Johns, who will return next Sunday for the encounter with premier Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium after serving a two-week suspension for a head slam.
Newcastle had won just one of 11 matches without Johns leading into this game and that victory came against Souths, in round 16 last year.
Knights prop and stand-in skipper Matt Parsons, who delayed back surgery by a week to help out his injury-ravaged team, suffered rib cartilage damage and sat out the second half.
KNIGHTS 42 Tries: Abraham, Perry, Quinn x 3, Price, Buderus, Tahu Goals: Abraham 5/8 RABBITOHS 28 Tries: Kativerata, McKinnon, Russo, Fletcher, Kearney Goals: Smith 4/5
League Unlimited Player of the year points:
3 - A Quinn (Knights) 2 - M Gidley (Knights) 1 - D Abraham (Knights)
By the clock
2 min: TRY - Knights. Daniel Abraham. Conversion Daniel Abraham is successful. Knights 6-0
6 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Wade McKinnon. Conversion Justin Smith is successful. 6-all
11 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Wise Kativerata. Conversion successful. Rabbitohs 12-6
18 min: TRY - Knights. Josh Perry. Conversion successful. 12-all
21 min: TRY - Knights. Anthony Quinn. Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 16-12
29 min: TRY - Knights. Andrew Price. Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 20-12
34 min: TRY - Knights. Danny Buderus. Conversion successful. Knights 26-12
37 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Jamie Russo. Conversion successful. Knights 26-18
HALF TIME: Knights 26-18
48 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Bryan Fletcher. Conversion successful. Knights 26-24
59 min: TRY - Knights. Quinn gets a double. Conversion successful. Knights 32-24
69 min: TRY - Knights. Timana Tahu. Conversion successful. Knights 38-24
71 min: TRY - Knights. Quinn gets a hat trick. Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 42-24
75 min: TRY - Rabbitohs. Brett Kearney. Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 42-28
FULL TIME: Knights 42-28