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Stats Breakdown: Knights achieve 18-year first

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The win over the Gold Coast Titans has seen the nib Newcastle Knights earn themselves entry to the 2021 finals series.

The result also secured their second consecutive top eight finish, which is an 18-year first for the Club.

Not since the 2003 season have the Knights qualified for back-to-back finals, having also finished in the top eight in 2002.

The Club made the finals in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013, but didn't achieve consecutive finishes.

The win was also the fifth win on the bounce which the side last achieved midway through the 2019 season.

The team went onto win six in a row that season.

Can the current Knights team create their own slice of history with a win against Brisbane?

First of all, let's look at where the Titans game was won:


The match against the Titans was an intense battle from start to finish.

The Gold Coast held the majority of possession with 54 per cent to Newcastle's 46 per cent.

The Titans spent 29 minutes and 40 seconds time in possession compared to the Knights 25 minutes and 16 seconds ball in hand.

Newcastle completed their sets at 75 per cent (30/40) while the Titans completed 86 per cent of their sets (32/37).


The Knights were forced to dig deep having less ball and facing a barrage of Titans attacks.

The Gold Coast ran for 1,864 metres compared to Newcastle's 1,637 while they made 28 tackle breaks to the Knights 22.

With both sides only scoring two tries each, defence and individual moments proved to be the winning factors.


The defensive stats were mostly even for the two teams which was reflected on the scoreboard.

The Knights made 25 more tackles than the Titans with a tackle efficiency of 89 per cent.

The Knights also had an average play the ball speed of 3.37 seconds compared to the Titans 3.43.


With the teams locked at 14-14 all and sharing similar stats, a Mitchell Pearce field goal proved to be the difference.

The experienced half was at his influential best in the decisive moments scoring a try, kicking for 440 metres and, of course, nailing the pivotal one-pointer.

Since his halves partner Jake Clifford arrived to Newcastle mid-season, the pair haven't lost a game together, featuring in six wins from six.

Kalyn Ponga was also instrumental to the result with the fullback notching a try, try-assist and ran for 182 metres.

Hymel Hunt also played a starring role having ran for a team-high 185 metres including 60 post-contact metres.