Full Time
2:00pm Sun May 19, 2019
Round 10 - Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium - Crowd: 9267

Match Overview

The Newcastle Knights have re-entered the top eight for the first time since Round 1 after dismantling the Dragons 45-12 at Glen Willow Oval.

While he is most probably out of Origin contention, Pearce was exceptional, finishing the game with a try, three try-assists and three line-break assists on top of a polished kicking game.

Newcastle made light work of their opponents in the first half, running in four tries.

The first came in the fourth minute when a well-weighted grubber from Mitchell Pearce sat up for Tim Glasby.

Pearce continues to prove his doubters wrong, steering Newcastle to their fourth-straight win with four tries and six try-assists in the past month.

Back in his preferred position, Kalyn Ponga has been just as impressive and had 20 points racked up in the first forty minutes on Sunday.

On top of four conversions and two penalty goals, the 21-year old also scored two tries, his pace and flashy footwork on full display in both.

The final try of the half came off a short ball from Pearce which saw Kurt Mann slice through a gaping hole. It left the halftime score at 28-0.

Pearce then bagged his third try-assist of the game as he lofted the ball over the top for Shaun Kenny-Dowall to sneak over in the corner shortly after play resumed.

And he was rewarded with a try of his own shortly after he chased and grounded an Edrick Lee kick.

The Dragons eventually cracked Newcastle when Tariq Sims crashed over off a Ben Hunt short ball, albeit against 12 men with Mann sin-binned minutes earlier.

Luciano Leilua then broke a string of tackles before offloading for Hunt who set Zac Lomax up in the corner to reduce the deficit to 26.

When Mann returned Newcastle quickly found the line once more as Mitchell Barnett popped a late offload for Connor Watson.

And then Pearce iced the victory with a soaring field goal.

Next week Newcastle roll on to face the Roosters while the Dragons host Cronulla.

3. Mitchell Pearce

What can I say? A try, three try-assists and line-break assists. All topped with a belter of a field goal. Has really hit his straps as of late.

2. Kalyn Ponga

Would have had a hattrick if not for the unnecessary interference from teammate Lachlan Fitzgibbon. His speed and footwork were on full display in both his two tries.

1. Danny Levi

Was a great spark out of dummy-half, helping his forwards march upfield with ease.