Back-to-back! Knights topple Warriors in Auckland

The Knights have gone back-to-back and done it in brilliant fashion.

Led by their captain Mitchell Pearce, the nib Newcastle Knights were brilliant as they defeated the Warriors 36-18 in their own backyard.

Pearce was inspirational, as was winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

It was a fast start from the Knights who made big metres with their first use of the ball.

With the opening set finishing in a penalty, Kalyn Ponga took the points on offer for a 2-0 lead after four minutes.

Lachlan Burr was placed on report for a dangerous tackle on David Klemmer and the Knights made the Warriors pay.

Pearce took it to the line, beat Agnatius Paasi and scored a solo try.

Ponga added the extras to push the lead out by eight points after as many minutes.

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Having conceded back to back penalties, the Knights gifted the home side field possession and they posted points through Patrick Herbert.

Chanel Harris-Tavita nailed the extras and the Warriors trailed by two.

But not for long.

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When Mitchell Pearce bombed in the centre of the field, Kenny-Dowall won the contest for the kick and added his name to the scorers list.

With Ponga adding the extras, the Knights led 14-6 after 20 minutes.

When Kenny-Dowall made a break with 12 minutes left in the opening half, the Knights started to pile on the pressure.

A penalty in front of the posts was a gift two points and Ponga pushed the score out 16-6.

A Blake Green cross-field kick saw Tohu Harris deliver the ball to Ken Maumalo and the winger narrowed the difference for the home side.

Leading 16-12 at halftime, the Knights extended it by two points courtesy of a penalty in front for Adam Blair laying on Pearce.

With the Knights ahead by six, the Warriors hit-back through Maumalo on their left edge and Harris-Tevita nailed the goal to level the scores 18-all.

With 25 minutes left on the clock, Herman Ese’ese went skipping across the field looking for a runner.

He eventually found Sione Mata’utia on the angle who scored the try.

With 13 minutes left on the clock, Pearce could smell more points and bombed to the corner.

He found Edrick Lee who batted it back to Hymel Hunt to secure the try.

With six minutes left on the clock, Pearce took on the line before linking with Ponga on the inside.

The fullback burnt Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to the line to secure the victory.

A short drop-out attempt that went out on the full by the Warriors gifted Ponga one last kick to wrap the game up 36-18.