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Knights end winless run with 10-point victory over the Bulldogs

The nib Newcastle Knights have ended a seven game winless run with a determined 16-6 win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium.

Starting the festivities at Magic Round, the Knights produced a strong defensive effort to keep the Bulldogs to one try and scoring three of their own.

The result lifts the Knights off the bottom of the ladder and improves their record to three wins for the season.

Running out to fireworks and a healthy crowd to kickstart Magic Round, the two teams were fired up to start the contest.

The Knights started brightly earning the first points with a penalty goal in the sixth minute.

Newcastle would also post the first try with Edrick Lee getting over for his first four-pointer since 2020.

Kalyn Ponga hit the short side and fired a pass to Bradman Best, who wrestled his arm free to find the winger in the corner 14 minutes into the game.

Lee dives over on the short side

The Bulldogs struck back six minutes later with Addo-Carr scoring in the adjacent corner after a grubber kick from Matt Burton.

Canterbury-Bankstown were level after 30 minutes with Burton converting a penalty goal.

The sides head into the sheds locked at 6-all.

The Knights looked to have hit the lead through Daniel Saifiti who strolled over under the posts, however the try was overruled by The Bunker for obstruction.

The red and blue weren't to be denied with Bradman Best strolling over for the Knights second soon after.

Ponga summed up the numbers, stepping inside Okunbor and firing a ball to Best to score.

Tempers flare as Best scores

With the match evenly poised, an unmarked Leo Thompson looked to have scored a third try, but dropped the ball over the line.

The Knights had another try overruled with Pasami Saulo getting on the end of a kick in the in-goal, but dropped the ball on put down.

Heading into the dying stages, Dom Young produced a stirling defensive effort tackling a flying Addo-Carr over the sideline.

Needing the decisive third try, Adam Clune stepped up, jinking through the line and scoring untouched under the sticks in front of the Newcastle supporter bay.

Clune clinches it for Newcastle

The side would hold onto their 10-point lead and claim a vital two points.