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Determined Knights defeat Raiders

The nib Newcastle Knights came out on top with a hard-fought 34-20 win over the Canberra Raiders at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A solid defensive effort in the first half kept the Knights two points in front but the red and blue scored an impressive 24 points in the second stanza to go all the way.

It took Knights winger Nathan Ross just five minutes to open the home side's account, diving over on the left side for Newcastle to lead 4-0.

The visitors soon replied, Nick Cotric slammed the ball down across the line for the Raiders first, and Jarrod Croker booted a successful conversion to put Canberra in front 6-4.

A penalty allowed the Raiders’ Croker to kick for goal out front before a centimetre perfect pass from Brock Lamb landed in the hands of captain Sione Mata’utia, who side stepped his way to the line for his first try of the season. That put the Knights back in the lead 10-8, which was the score at half time.

47 minutes in Canberra found the line, Elliott Whitehead crossing over to regain the lead 14-10 before the Knights hit back via centre Joe Wardle, who ran through a gap in defence to slide over for the try.

In the 60th minute a short grubber from Lamb saw Sione Mata’utia dive to ground the ball, the bunker giving the green light to see the Knights lead 22-14.

Minutes later momentum stayed with the Knights as Pete Mata’utia crashed through a wall of green to roll over for Newcastle’s fifth try of the afternoon before the Raiders’ Cotric scored his second on the left side.

The Knights held a 28-20 lead with six minutes to play.

In the dying minutes Lamb added to the tally as the Knights claimed their second win of the season, defeating Canberra 34-20 at McDonald Jones Stadium.


Newcastle Knights 34 (T: Ross, S. Mata’utia 2, Wardle, P. Mata’utia, Lamb, G: Lamb 5/6 PG: Lamb 0/1)
Canberra Raiders 20 (T: Cotric 2, Whitehead, G: Croker 3/3 PG: Croker 1/1)


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The Knights take on the Penrith Panthers on Sunday May 21 at McDonald Jones Stadium.