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Five straight: Knights achieve comeback victory over the Dolphins

The nib Newcastle Knights have defeated the Dolphins 30-28 at Optus Stadium, Perth on Saturday afternoon.

The result is the side's fifth straight win and moves the team into a top eight spot.

After overcoming a 10-point deficit, the red and blue showed resilience off the back of another Kalyn Ponga masterclass in attack.

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1st min - The match kicked off in beautiful conditions in the heart of the golden west.

12th min - After a cagey opening stage to the game, the Knights opened the scoring with our in-form fullback scoring the first for the second consecutive week.

Dom Young showcased his speed to sprint past his opposite winger and find Kalyn Ponga on the inside.

Ponga and Young combine

21st min - Lachlan Fitzgibbon was sent to the sin-bin for a hip drop tackle.

23rd min - The Dolphins hit back with Jamayne Isaako scoring in the corner.

26th min - Isaako had his second shortly after following a mid-field break from Kodi Nikorima.

31st min - The Dolphins winger had a quick-fire hat-trick leaping high to extend their lead.

35th min - Kurt Mann pegged one back for the Knights diving over close to the line.

Mann dives in

40th min - The Knights trailed 14-12 at the break.

42nd min - Isaako added a penalty goal to give the Dolphins a four-point lead.

49th min - Valynce Te Whare added the Dolphins fourth to give the team from Queensland a 10-point lead.

53rd min - Needing to score next, Jackson Hastings stood tall to score under the posts.

Jacko goes himself

58th min - The Knights regained the lead with Ponga playing provider for Phoenix Crossland.

An offload from Fitzgibbon freed up KP who found the dummy-half in support to give the red and blue the lead.

Crossland in support

69th min - Heading towards the finish, Ponga once again showed his class setting up another try for Greg Marzhew in the corner.

Ponga sets up Marzhew

76th min - The Dolphins bridged the gap to two points when Connelly Lemuelu scored.

80th min - The Knights would hold onto their lead to claim a crucial two points and their fifth victory in succession.


The Knights will return home next Sunday for the first of three home games in a row starting with the Bulldogs.

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