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NSW Cup side go down to the Bears

The nib Newcastle Knights Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup went down 34-18 to the North Sydney Bears at Mcdonald Jones Stadium.

The Bears scored a six tries to three win to hand Newcastle their fourth loss of the season.

In positive news for the Club, Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Tex Hoy made their returns from injury in the defeat.

After a cagey opening 15 minutes, dummy half Luke Huth made his way over for the first try of the night in the 14th minute.

The Bears would hit-back with two tries of their own as Moala Graham-Taufa and Sione Hopoate posted four-pointers in the space of four-minutes at the half hour mark.

Naufahu Whyte made it three tries for the Bears five minutes before the half-time siren.

John Toleafoa pegged one back for the Knights just on the stroke of half-time to make it 18-12 heading into the sheds.

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The Bears extended their lead seven minutes into the second half as Josh Ralph streaked away to score.

A McKenzie Baker try was the only joy for the Knights in the second half as the Bears bolstered their position and went onto win the game.

Tries to Naufahu Whyte, his second of the night, and Shannon Gardiner in the final ten minutes put the finishing touches on the win for the Bears.

The Knights will look to bounce back when they travel to play Canberra in Wagga Wagga next Saturday.