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Rookie Report: Junior Reps sides kick off with strong opening round

In this week's Rookie Report, we take a look at the nib Newcastle Knights junior representative sides who kicked off their respective seasons over the weekend.

The SG Ball Cup, Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup and Harold Matthews Cup sides all started their campaigns with a Round 1 clash with the North Sydney Bears at Kurri Kurri Sports Ground.

Read how each team fared:

SG Ball Cup

The SG Ball side kicked off their season with a resounding 44-0 demolition of the Bears.

The team took a 10-nil lead into half-time through opening tries to Myles Martin and Luke Pietzner.

The Knights upped the ante in the second half scoring 34 unanswered points to take a comfortable first round win.

Development player, Chris Vea'ila, scored two tries along with Fletcher Sharpe while Ethan Ferguson, Kyle Colburn and Liam Sutton also grabbed four-pointers.

The team sits in second spot and will take on the Western Suburbs Magpies in Round 2 at Maitland Sports Ground.

Tarsha Gale Cup

Last year's minor premiers kicked off their season in style with a 24-14 win over the Bears.

Setting the tone early, the team scored two quick tries before the away side scored two of their own to take a 10-8 lead into the break.

However, the Knights found another gear in the second stanza scoring 16 unanswered points to come away victors.

The Tarsha Gale side will play the Wests Tigers next round at Maitland Sports Ground and will look to make it two wins on the bounce.

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Harold Matthews Cup

The Harold Matthews Cup side were defeated in their opening game, going down 22-10 to the Bears.

It was a tough affair in the first stage with only the one try scored before the Bears raced out to a 14-0 lead early in the second.

The Knights hit back through Connor Votano, but it would be the Bears who struck next to improve their lead.

Jarred Williams would peg a try back before full-time, but the away side would take the two points with the four tries to two win.

The Harold Matthews side will look to bounce back when they take on the Western Suburbs Magpies to start another action-packed round of junior reps at Maitland Sports Ground.