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Stats Breakdown: Pearce dissects key areas of play from Brisbane win

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The Newcastle Knights achieved a crucial win over Brisbane and created their own slice of history.

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of the rescheduled Canberra game, the Broncos match was played on a four day turnaround.

The result is the first time in the Club's history the Knights have won two games within four days.

In recent history, the Knights haven't won two straight games in as short amount of timespan, winning a couple of five day turnarounds back in 2019.

The side was jubilant with the victory over the Broncos which puts the side in the fight to finish in the top eight.

Halfback Mitchell Pearce runs you through how he saw the game unfold and which key areas won the game for Newcastle.

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The Knights had a total of 56% possession completing 35 out of 43 sets at a rate of 81 per cent.

The side had more than 70 per cent in the first half including 21 tackles inside the opposition 20 in the first 10 minutes.

Newcastle had 29 minutes and four seconds time in possession compared to the Broncos 22 minutes and 51 seconds.

"If we had our time again, we probably should have played a bit smarter there early," Pearce said.

"We played a bit too lateral in the first half.

"We would have liked to have scored more points with that much possession."


The Knights dominated the stats graphs with 36 tackle breaks compared to the Broncos 23.

The team also made 1,866 running metres to Brisbane's 1,445.

Newcastle contributed with six offloads to Brisbane's two while the side also forced two drop outs.

"Once we got back into the game we started to play a lot more direct, obviously Cliff got that try and I got the late one," Pearce said.

"We re-assessed at half-time and came out and put some points on them.

"I don't think it's ever been done before and obviously four days isn't ideal, but we needed the result."

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Brisbane made an extra 82 tackles compared to the Knights.

The Knights also completed 13 less missed tackles than the Broncs while also had a 91 per cent tackle efficiency rate.

"With all the defence they made early, I think it tired them out," Pearce said.

"The boys energy, especially our forwards to back up like that was super impressive.

"We just need to play for 80 minutes now both attack and defence."


The two halves were immense in the winning performance with Clifford and Pearce scoring a try each.

Clifford had one line-break and 373 kicking metres while Pearce had 97 running metres, a line-break assist and a try assist.

Daniel Saifiti was laying the platform in the middle running for 206 metres and made 25 tackles.

Tyson Frizell also impressed with 27 tackles at just under a 97 per cent completion and four tackle breaks.

"I though Cliff played really well and kicked well, got a nice try and there is plenty we can build on there together," Pearce said.

"The Saifiti boys again we're great.

"Tyson Frizell had a big game, and there was plenty of good performances."