The Newcastle Knights were defeated by Mounties 33-22 at Aubrey Keech Reserve on Saturday.
Mounties were ahead 18-10 at half time with Knights' Pat Mata'utia and Pauli Pauli crossing over for tries.
However the opposition built momentum in the second half to secure a win, despite another try from Pauli Pauli as well as Matt Soper-Lawler.
Newcastle Knights 22 (T: P Mata'utia, Pauli 2, Soper-Lawler; G: Donovan 3/4)
1. Bryce Donovan, 19, Ken Tofilau, 2. Tom Hughes, 4. Pat Mata'utia, 22. Matt Soper-Lawler, 6. Ryan Walker, 7. Will Pearsall, 8. Uiti Baker, 9. Chris Adams, 17. Luke Yates, 20. Pauli Pauli, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. David Bhana. Interchange: 10. Jack Stockwell, 14. Ben Stone, 16. Bradie Smith, 18. Sam Cook.