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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.