Newcastle put in a strong display to beat Brisbane 27-6 at Central Coast Stadium.
Kurt Mann opened the scoring for the Knights in the ninth minute, with Kalyn Ponga converting to give his side a 6-0 lead.
Broncos full-back Jamayne Isaako was sin-binned midway through the first half for a professional foul, while Hymel Hunt extended Newcastle’s lead just moments later.
Xavier Coates pulled one back for Anthony Seibold’s Broncos on the half hour mark with a 90-metre intercept, with Herbie Farnworth kicking the goal.
Mitchell Pearce added a drop goal in the 39th minute to send Adam O’Brien’s Knights 13-6 in front at half-time.
Daniel Saifiti charged over for the Knights shortly after the second half restart, with Ponga adding the extras to give his side a comfortable 19-6 advantage.
Brisbane forward Patrick Carrigan was sent to the sin bin on the hour mark for a professional foul – and Ponga added a penalty goal as a result.
And with two minutes left on the clock, Pearce wrapped up an impressive Newcastle performance as he scored. Ponga converted to secure a strong 27-6 win for the Knights.
Newcastle: Ponga; Lee, Best, Shibasaki, Hunt; Mann, Pearce; Klemmer, McCullough, D Saifiti, Fitzgibbon, Mata’utia, Glasby. Subs: Ese’ese, Hoy, J Saifiti, Guerra.
Tries: Mann, Hunt, D Saifiti, Pearce Goals: Ponga 5/5 Drop Goals: Pearce 1
Brisbane: Isaako; Coates, Farnworth, Boyd, Oates; Milford, Croft; Lodge, Luke, Haas, Glenn, Pangai Junior, Carrigan. Subs: Paix, Te’o, Ofahengaue, Flegler.
Tries: Coates Goals: Farnworth 1/1
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