Full Time
3:00pm Sat May 11, 2019
Round 9 - Suncorp Stadium - Crowd: 25292

Match Overview

Newcastle has scored three straight wins for just the second time since the start of 2015, finishing 22-10 victors against a Bulldogs side that refused to yield in the Saturday opener of Magic Round Brisbane.

Both teams were conservative to start the game, with kicking games not quite on song, but in the seventh minute, the Knights opened the scoring when Kalyn Ponga held up a short ball for Hymel Hunt, who strolled through a big gap and scored under the posts. Ponga then converted.

Both sides kicking games improved from this point, with Kieran Foran and Mitch Pearce respectively having the ball on a string, especially with short kicks creating repeat sets. And it was off the back of one of these kicks that the Knights scored again.

In the 22nd minute Pearce grubbered and the ball ricocheted off the Dogs defence, he then soccered it along again, where Canterbury fullback Nick Meaney failed to clean up. Pearce followed through and grounded the ball for a try. Ponga again converted.

Both sides created scoring opportunities for themselves, only for the last play to breakdown. Then right on the stroke of halftime, the Knights crossed once more.

Lachaln Fitzgibbon on the left side, bumped out of the tackle by Jack Cogger, fell over and then scrambled over the line to score. Ponga was unable to convert from out wide.

9 minutes into the second half the Bulldogs luck changed when Reimis Smith took an intercept and run 92 metres to score a scintillating try against the run of play. Meaney was unable to convert from out wide.

The Bulldogs started playing with plenty of momentum and started to get the upper hand in the clash.

In the 56th minute Jeremy Marshall-King at dummy half got a late pass back on the right to Foran, who took on the line, got out of a tackle and planted the ball down for a try, but the play is called back as a Knights player was offside.

From the penalty tap, the Dogs sent the ball right and Foran got a nice pass to Will Hopoate who scored in the corner. Meaney converted to reduce the margin to just 6.

As the match entered the final 10 minutes, Pearce came to the fore, controlling the pace, flow and field position. In the final minute it came to fruition when Ponga stood up Foran, and run 30 metres to score under the dot. He converted his own try to seal a good win for the Knights.

3. Mitchell Pearce

Pearce continued his run of red-hot form with another game where he controlled the pace and direction perfectly. His kicking game was brilliant all game.

2. David Klemmer

Huge performance yet again by Klemmer up front and through the middle. Once again made big metres and racked up plenty of tackles too.

1. Kalyn Ponga

Ponga remains elusive as ever and remained a constant threat on the edges all game.