With a side stacked full of NRL experience including the likes of Jamie Buhrer, Josh King and Mason Lino, the Knights Intrust Super Premiership side cruised to a confident 26-12 victory in their trial match over the Newtown Jets at Maitland.
A horror bounce taunted the Knights, as the visitors snagged the first points of the match via Jets no. 1, Luke Polselli. Newtown took the early lead, 6-0.
An opening in the Jets defence allowed a charging Jirah Momoisea to dive over for the Knights first. Mason Lino had no trouble adding the extra two, to level scores at 6-all.
The faked pass paid off for fullback Tex Hoy who weaved his way to the line after 20 minutes. The Knights took the lead, 10-6.
Another ten went by on the clock before Zac Hosking made his move by the uprights. The young forward charged through a blue and white pack to record the Knights third try.
Lino nailed the conversion to see the Knights extend their lead and head into the halftime break 16-6.
In the second, Kiah Cooper made a run for the red and blue finding space out wide. He dished to Jacob Gagai but the speedy winger couldn’t hold on to the ball metres from the line.
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It was end-to-end football for a solid 20 minutes before Beau Fermor broke the drought with a clever run on the left side. The Knights strengthened their lead, 20-6.
In the 72nd minute, it was big man Sam Stone’s turn as he crashed through on the right. Zac Woolford nailed the kick in front, and it was a 26-6 game to the Knights.
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Just before the final siren, Newtown’s James Cassan crashed through for the final try of the match.
The Knights recorded a convincing 26-12 win over the Jets.
Knights 26 (Momoisea. Hoy, Hosking, Fermor, Stone G: Lino 2/3, Woolford 1/1)