The Newcastle Knights were defeated 38-18 by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Newcastle's No. 2 Sportsground on Sunday afternoon.
Knights halfback Will Pearsall was first to cross early in the match but it was followed up shortly after by a Bulldogs' try. Just two points seperated the sides at half time with the Bulldogs leading 14-12.
The opposition extended their hold on the game in the second half which eventuated in the 38-18 final score.
Newcastle Knights 18 (T: Pearsall, Walker, Hughes, Fitzgibbon; G: Donovan 1/4).
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38 (T: Smith 2, Phillips, Garvey, Seijka, Stanley, Liolevave, Perrett; G: Stanley 3/8).
1. Bryce Donovan, 22. Matt Soper-Lawler, 2. Tom Hughes, 4. Pat Mata'utia, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Ryan Walker, 7. Will Pearsall, 20 Tama Koopu, 26, Chris Adams, 27. Mickey Paea, 30. Pauli Pauli, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. David Bhana. Interchange: 9. Ben Stone, 16. Bradie Smith, 17. Luke Yates, 25. Kurt Aldridge.