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Knights beaten by the Sharks on the road

The nib Newcastle Knights have gone down 18-0 to the Cronulla Sharks in Round 4 at PointsBet Stadium.

In swirling winds in the Shire, the Knights were held to nil in a tough and bruising encounter.

The home team ran in four tries while Newcastle remain on four points after the opening four rounds.

The match kicked off with Tyson Frizell running out for his 200th match in the NRL.

In windy conditions, the Knights opted to run with the significant breeze in the first half.

The match settled into an arm wrestle in the middle of the park with attacking opportunities limited in the opening 20 minutes. 

The Sharks started to control the majority of possession and worked their way close to the try-line.

On the 26th minute mark, Aiden Tolman crashed over to open the scoring.

Cronulla looked to have a second through centre, Siosifa Talakai, put the try was overruled by the Bunker.

On the half-time siren, Sharks winger, Soine Katoa, scored an acrobatic finish in the corner to extend the home side's lead.

Trailing by eight at the change of ends, the Knights would look to improve.

Similar to the first half, it was a battle of attrition in the first 20 of the second half.

The Knights defence held strong keeping at bay Sharks attacks.

Dom Young was sent to the sin-bin soon after for a dangerous throw on Ronaldo Mulitalo.

Down to 12 men, the Sharks made the red and blue pay with a four-pointer.

Mulitalo broke down the left and found Talakai back on the inside and the centre crossed over untouched.

The Sharks wrapped up the contest when Mulitalo made another break and kicked ahead for Will Kennedy, who beat Ponga to the ball to score the Sharks fourth.

The Knights will have a short turnaround and will look to return to winning ways against arch-rivals, Manly, next round at McDonald Jones Stadium.