Dragons too strong on Old Boys Day

The Knights showed promising signs in parts however the Dragons proved too much, defeating the Knights 24-14.

It was a sluggish start for the Knights with a penalty in front of the sticks seeing the Dragons off to an early lead.

The Dragons looked to continue their momentum when Cameron McInnes chased a Ben Hunt grubber and found Jack De Belin but the lock was denied with McInnes offside.

The Knights made them pay for that mistake with an offload from Daniel Saifiti sparking an attacking raid.

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Being Old Boys Day, Cory Denniss produce a 'Matt Gidley flick pass' to Ken Sio who scored in the corner.

Ahead 4-2 after 23 minutes, yet another penalty to the Dragons saw Zac Lomax take a shot for penalty goal but the ball ricocheted off the upright and into the hands of Sione Mata'utia.

Errors from both teams started to creep into the match but all was forgotten two minutes short of the break when a cross-field kick from Mitchell Pearce was dropped by Tim Lafai and Shaun Kenny-Dowall extended the lead.

Nick Meaney added the extras to send the home side into the break leading 10-2.


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The second half started in horrible fashion for the Knights with Jeremy Latimore crashing over beneath the sticks.

A conversion from Lomax reduced the Knights' lead 10-8.

With 22 minutes remaining on the clock, Nene Macdonald tore through the centre of the field and towards the right edge, beating Meaney and going over in the corner after a spectacular 50-metre run. Lomax slotted the conversion and the Dragons took the lead, 14-10.

A magical ball from Pearce that would make Joey proud rocketed towards Kenny-Dowall on the right edge, however, Kenny-Dowall couldn't ground the ball, falling just short of the line and forcing a turnover.

Back-to-back errors from Starling and Meaney gave Dufty the opportunity to run the length of the field. Lomax missed the conversion, and the lead increased to 8 for the Dragons.

All hope seemed lost, until Pearce took control late into the second half. The Knights went right, and nothing was on, so the ball shifted left for Pearce putting a kick on for Sio, who managed to stay infield and grounded in the corner. Meaney missed the conversion, and we reduced the gap to four.

Dufty spilled the highball, however the Bunker deduced the ball brushing off Cogger's forearm and a Barnett try under the sticks was disallowed.

Tim Lafai was quick off the mark, and Sione fumbled the ball, and Jordan Pereira scoops up the ball to further the Dragons lead. Lomax slots the conversion, and the Dragons lead by 10 with 30 seconds remaining.