24 unanswered points in the first. Reaching the half century in the second.
The Newcastle Knights Jersey Flegg side staged a scoring assault against Manly to win 62-6.
The cunning work of future star Bradman Best on show with some speedy work down the edges for a four try haul. Nathanael Sasagi also impressed with four tries to his name.
Early defensive pressure from the Knights looked promising and paved the way for repeated sets before Jack Cameron dived over for Newcastle’s first.
Toby Marks landed the conversion and it was an early lead from the Knights, 6-0.
The next try came 13 minutes in via Knights winger Justin Worley on the right. Marks couldn’t convert and it was 10-0 ball game.
The points continued to flow for the home side! Ofa Manufetoa slipped past defence for a four-pointer again down the right, before Best made use of space out wide to slam another one into the green in the 23rd minute. Knights led 18-0.
Just before the halftime siren came the Best play. The Knights centre made a break down the left side; he sprinted pass a stack of defenders and his speed took him to the try line for the double.
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This time it was Tex Hoy who lined up for the kick. He nailed it and it was the Knights 24-0 at the break.
In the second, it took just three minutes for the Knights to fire again. Nathanael Sasagi side-stepped past a tired looking Manly defence to score.
It was a scoring assault by Newcastle. Best wound up again for a 70 metre try and the hat trick. Hoy slotted his third conversion to take the Knights to 36-0.
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Why stop at three…. Best had other ideas. In the 47th minute, a great offload to the Knights centre saw him leg it for another four pointer, this time from 50 metres out. It was the Knights 40-0.
Nathanael Sasagi wanted to get in the action again; he crossed over for the double after 50 minutes but wasn’t finished. Just two minutes later the hat trick and a score blowout to a half century.
The Knights 50. Manly 0.
Finally, after 55 minutes Manly broke the drought as hooker Maxwell Barry dived over for their first.
Three minutes left and Manufetoa crashed through the pack for the double. Hoy added the extras before a sneaky one for Sasagi with 30 seconds to go to record his fourth.
The Knights took an outstanding victory, 62-6 over Manly
Knights 62 (Cameron, Worley, Manufetoa 2, Best 4, Sasagi 4, G: Marks 1/4, Hoy 6/8)