Power Rankings Round 8

In 2019, newcastleknights.com.au will be awarding our own 3, 2, 1 each week.

We’ll keep tally as we rank the performances of our troops throughout the season.

Captain Mitchell Pearce secured back-to-back top spots following a glorious win against the Warriors on Sunday. 

Here’s how the nib Newcastle Knights look after Round 8.

3 - Mitchell Pearce

The skipper was on fire yet again.

Pearce led the way and played a vital part to overcome the Kiwis. He found the line in the first five minutes and played a precision game off the boot.

Knights Numbers: Skipper brilliant, big man tireless

18 kicks, 383 kick metres and five grubbers.... Pearce couldn't put a foot wrong on Sunday, and also added two try assists to get his team mates over the line.

A quality performance given by a quality leader... We like what we're seeing from the captain.

Brown media: The victory, the referees and next week

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2 - Kalyn Ponga

The star fullback was his usual brilliant self on the weekend.

A Ponga Pearce combination sealed victory for the red and blue. The no. 1 received an inside pass from his captain to accelerate past a stack of defenders for a sweet try in the final 10 minutes of the match.

Back-to-back! Knights topple Warriors in Auckland

20 points, four tackle breaks and two line breaks.... Ponga was lethal.

1 - Shaun Kenny-Dowall

The best game of the year for the veteran winger.

Kenny-Dowall was a menace out wide and pulled off a impressive try off the high kick from his captain, after he snatched it from the opposition.

A tackle break specialist this game with five and 187 run metres recorded, the Knights winger found some fine form to help guide Newcastle to the win.

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The people’s power rankings:

Last week you voted Mitchell Pearce 3, Danny Levi 2 and Kalyn Ponga on 1 point. 

Vote in the poll below for who you thought was our best player in Round 8.