The nib Newcastle Knights NRLW side have gone down 28-10 to the Brisbane Broncos in Round 2 at WIN Stadium.
A late flurry from the Knights, including an 80-metre solo effort from Jayme Fressard, brought back the deficit.
Although, the reigning premiers showed their class running out five tries to two winners.
The players were greeted by wet and windy conditions at WIN Stadium, and both sides handling was tested in the early stages of the game.
Some heavy hitting from the Knights forwards put the red and blue on the front foot.
Flying winger, Katelyn Vaha'akolo, looked to have open the scoring after a great back line move had the No.2 diving over.
The try was overruled by the Bunker for an obstruction during the build-up.
The reigning premiers headed towards the other end and posted the first try themselves.
Millie Boyle crashed over under the posts to open the scoring.
Brisbane doubled their lead on the 16th minute mark when Tamika Upton crossed the stripe.
Upton found a hard-running Shenae Ciesiolka, who found the fullback back on the inside for the Broncos second try of the afternoon.
The Broncos would take a 12-0 lead into the break.
The Knights faced an uphill battle in the second half running into the wind and chasing a 12-point deficit.
It was made even harder when Ciesiolka extended the Broncos lead shortly after.
With twenty minutes to play, Newcastle trailed 18-0 in front of just over 1,800 people at a soaked WIN Stadium.
The match was put to bed when Hagiga Mosby scored untouched on the left flank.
Off a scrum play, the Broncos worked a set move and found a flying Mosby down the wing.
Maitua Feterika produced a glimmer of hope after crashing over to bridge the deficit.
The fans were brought to their feet soon after when Fressard raced 80 metres to score against her former Club.
However, the Broncos would hold on to their lead and score another through Amy Turner.
The Knights will look to respond and earn their first victory of the campaign when they travel to play the Sydney Roosters next Saturday.