These are the stats that matter.

In Mitchell Pearce and Daniel Saifiti's return from injury, the nib Newcastle Knights braved out a 18-16 win over Parramatta.

It was a gutsy effort from the Knights.

Here's how Friday's two-point win over the Eels went down by the numbers.


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The kick metres courtesy of Mitchell Pearce's boot.

It's no secret the Knights have missed their halfback's kicking game and it showed.

Pearce produced 22 kicks but was also damaging with the ball in hand. The No.7 crossed for a try in the 46th minute.


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42

The number of tackles Danny Levi made.

The No.9 had a point prove as he started for the first time this season.

With Slade Griffin sidelined for the season with a knee injury, Levi needed a big performance and he delivered.


While his defence was impressive, it was his craftiness around the ruck which kept the Eels on their toes.

He made four tackle breaks and 97 metres from seven runs.

87

That was the completion rate from Nathan Brown's men.

The Knights completed 34/39 sets. The Knights also had 54 percent of the possession.

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The run metres from Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

He topped the count for metres gained by a Knight in a performance where he also crossed for a try.

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The goals from the boot of Ken Sio.

Ultimately it was a penalty goal from the winger which proved the difference.

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