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Power Rankings: Round 22

In 2019, 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.

Here’s how the nib Newcastle Knights looked after Round 21:

3 - Kalyn Ponga

Once again, Kalyn Ponga was the star of the show in the nib Newcastle Knights’ big win over North Queensland.

Ponga ran for 177 metres in a commanding display, which also included eight tackle breaks, two line breaks, and of course two tries.

Watch: Ponga steps his way to the line

Not to mention a line break assist and three crucial tackles at the back.

It truly was a man of the match display from the No.1.

2 - Mitchell Pearce

This victory had Mitchell Pearce’s finger prints all over it.

Not only did he score two tries himself, the crafty No.7 ran the ball 16 times for 138 metres, laid on a try assist, a line break assist and broke the line twice himself.

Watch: Pearce does it on his own

A huge turn out from the star halfback.

1 - Mitch Barnett

Another Mitchell who played exceptionally well was the man known as “Barney”. 

Barnett laid a terrific platform up front for the Knights, as well as causing constant headaches for the Cowboys' left edge.

Barnett ran for 98 metres, broke two tackles and scored a try, as well as making 38 tackles in a solid Knights defensive line.

Highlights: Knights finish strong at home

The people’s power rankings:

In Round 21 you voted Kalyn Ponga 3, Mitch Barnett 2 and Connor Watson 1.

Cast your vote for Round 22 below: