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.
having beaten Canterbury on the weekend, several players stood tall.
Here’s how the nib Newcastle Knights look after Round 9.
3 - Mitchell Pearce
The captain is back to his brilliant best.
The Magic Round victory over Canterbury saw the halfback pulling the strings once again.
Three on the trot in Magic Round spectacular
A determined effort in the first half resulted in a solo try, while he was influential throughout the entire 80 minutes.
While he threw an intercept pass to gift the Bulldogs a try, Pearce defended his backside off in a steely defensive showing from the entire team.
With his kicking game on song, the No.7 grows in confidence with every game.
Pearce was voted players’ player.
Ponga puts it on a plate for Hymel
2 - Kalyn Ponga
He set up a try in the first half and scored a magical try of his own in the second.
With room at the back to set the game alight, Ponga bamboozled the Bulldogs defence.
And it’s not just his attack that was on point.
He also produced a try saver to deny Nick Meaney during a crucial stage of the game.
1 - Herman Ese’ese
It was the prop’s best performance in a Knights jersey.
The Bulldogs defenders were at a loss for how to stop him.
Sing it loud and proud!
Breaking tackles and eating metres for fun, Ese’ese made 144 metres in 25 minutes.
While his defence came into question earlier in the year, he was perfect on the weekend with 15 tackles and zero misses.
The people’s power rankings:
Last week you voted Mitchell Pearce 3, Kalyn Ponga 2 and David Klemmer 1 point.
Vote in the poll below for who you thought was our best player in Round 9.