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Knights finish all square with Bulldogs in first hit-out

The nib Newcastle Knights and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs finished level after 80 minutes in the first trial of the season at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Knights will take a lot of positives from a decent opening showing, including three first half tries.

Jake Clifford was straight into the action posting the first four-pointer of the night after going himself short of the line.

The Knights started fast and with purpose as Jirah Momoisea scored the second after being rewarded for a strong pre-season.

David Klemmer showed silky hands to hit a hard-running Momoisea.

The home side led 12-0 before the Bulldogs struck back through Jayden Okunbor on the wing.

The margin was reduced when Matt Dufty streaked 90 metres to score for the Bulldogs, however the Knights notched their third just before the break.

Adam Clune, in his first outing in the red and blue, produced a quality ball for winger Dom Young, who dove into the corner.

The Knights took a 16-10 lead into the break.

The home side made a whole host of changes for the second half of the pre-season outing.

The Dogs levelled the scores with 20 minutes to play.

With plenty of rotation and fatigue setting in, errors cost both teams in strong attacking scenarios.

The match would finish all square with the Knights set to face Melbourne next Sunday at Ballarat.