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Knights 20s shine in impressive win over Eels

The young Knights sit alone atop of the Jersey Flegg ladder following a dominant 38-24 victory over Parramatta in Cessnock.

Halves Hayden Loughrey and Nash Birch ran the show well in the halves, while hooker Tom Starling provided plenty of spark to get his big men rolling forward.

While it was a slower start for the Knights who were caught nappy after just three minutes when Stefano Utoikamanu crashed over, they responded in fine fashion.

The No.7, Loughrey evened the ledger shortly after before the Knights found their groove.

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Tex Hoy was busy in support, creating plenty of headaches for the opposition but it was Tevita Alifa and Kurtis Dark who were next to score.

Dark also finished the day with five goals.

Nicholas Okladnikov crossed for the Eels shortly before the break to reduce the margin but Queensland 20s Origin representative Beau Fermor kicked the second half off with a quick try to swing the momentum back in favour of the home side.

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Justin Worley zoomed down the sideline three minutes after Fermor to add his name to the try scorers list before a lapse in defence let Eels centre William Kei through.

When Eels flyer Tyler Tuigamala crossed, you could've been forgiven to think the visitors were surging home but a busy Hoy busted the bubble when he scored.

The fullback was electric, while Phoenix Crossland put the exclamation point on the game with a try in the 63rd minute.