The Knights 10-game winning run came to a grinding halt at the hands of the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors never recovered from a horror start and Newcastle superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga was nullified in the 40-10 thrashing.
Read on for the Knights Player Ratings.
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1. KALYN PONGA – 5.5
Newcastle’s best player was largely kept at bay and ran for 107 metres from 12 carries. Made two errors and missed two of his eight tackles. Forced a repeat set on the Knights first attacking set in the 20th minute with his side down 16-0 and after four straight attacking sets they scored. Dropped a bomb cold at the death which led to another Warriors try and summed up Newcastle’s night.
2. DOMINIC YOUNG – 5
Got bundled into touch on halfway in the 10th minute which allowed the Warriors to score their third try. Fumbled the ball on the halfway line again in the 31st minute. Ran for 121 metres from 16 carries that produced one tackle busts but finished with three errors.
3. DANE GAGAI – 6
A quiet night by the veteran centre’s standards. Finished with 95 metres from 17 careers. Made 17 tackles and missed three, while also making an error.
4. BRADMAN BEST – 6
Delivered a nice catch-and-pass to put Greg Marzhew over for the visitor’s first try in the 26th minute, but in defence the Knights’ left edge got shredded in the second half. Ran for 98 metres from 11 carries that produced a tackle bust, a linebreak assist and a try assist. Made one error and missed just one of his 12 tackles.
5. GREG MARZHEW – 5.5
Dropped the ball cold on the first set of the game which allowed the Warriors to score the opening try a few plays later. But scored Newcastle’s first try and finished with 175 metres from 19 carries that produced five tackle busts and a linebreak. Made another error late and didn’t make a tackle all night as his edge got shredded.
6. TYSON GAMBLE – 4
Had a night to forget just days after getting in a public stoush with NRL great Willie Mason. Had a very soft missed tackle on Addin Fonua-Blake that allowed the Warriors prop crash over and score. Made 23 tackles and missed two.
“There could not be a bigger hole that Tyson Gamble wants to crawl into right now. Pick ya battles boy. You are below average,” Mason tweeted at full-time.
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7. ADAM CLUNE – 6
Kicked early on an attacking set late in the first half with his side trailing 16-4 and it was easily cleaned up by the Warriors. Came out stronger in the second half, threw a dummy and then offloaded to put Dylan Lucas over.
8. JACOB SAIFITI – 7.5
Close to the Knights’ best player, ran for 140 metres from 17 carries and made 32 tackles but also missed eight.
9. PHOENIX CROSSLAND – 6
Gave away a penalty in the Knights’ first defensive set after fighting back to 16-10 and the Warriors scored off the back of it to make it 22-10. Made 44 tackles and missed three.
10. LEO THOMPSON – 5
Quiet night. Ran for 23 metres from four carries and made 23 tackles while missing three.
11. TYSON FRIZELL – 6.5
Gave away an offside early penalty which led to the Warriors’ second try when Addin Fonua-Blake crashed over a few minutes later. Gave away a high shot penalty that saw him placed on the report just before halftime. Ran for 89 metres from nine runs and made 37 tackles while missing just one.
12. DYLAN LUCAS – 7
Backed up well to score the Knights second try and close the gap to 16-10 in the 44th minute. Ran for 70 metres from 10 carries and produced three offloads. Made 40 tackles and missed two.
13. ADAM ELLIOTT – 6.5
Went about his work without standing out. Ran for 62 metres from nine carries and made 35 tackles while missing four.
14. KURT MANN – 5
Two runs for 19 metres and made nine tackles in limited minutes.
16. JACK HETHERINGTON – 6
Ran for 60 metres from eight carries and made 29 tackles while missing two.
17. MAT CROKER – 6
Ran for 35 metres from 5 carries and made 25 tackles without missing one.
18. BRODIE JONES – 5
One run for 7 metres and made three tackles in limited minutes.
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