The Newcastle Knights have taken their factors tally to 100 previously two weeks, with a 34-18 victory over the Wests Tigers backing up their 66-0 win in opposition to Canterbury final week.
And so they needed to do it briefly with out ahead Jack Hetherington, who was sin-binned for slapping Wests half Will Smith after they received right into a melee when Smith hit Hetherington excessive within the forty third minute.
It was the seventh time Hetherington has been sin-binned or despatched off in his 60-game profession, though it barely slowed down the Knights, who scored via Kalyn Ponga instantly off the again of the penalty for Smith’s excessive shot.
Ponga was in the whole lot for Newcastle on the evening, scoring a try to aiding for 3 others, though his wayward goal-kicking stored the competition nearer than it deserved to be.
The Knights scored seven tries to the Tigers’ three however Ponga solely managed three conversions.
The Tigers trailed 18-0 early within the match however reduce the margin to only 4 factors within the second half as rookie fullback Jahream Bula grabbed a try-scoring double.
However Ponga’s ball-playing within the crimson zone proved the distinction between the edges as the fullback marked a memorable a hundredth recreation for the Knights.
After profitable solely three of their first 17 video games this season, the Tigers doubtless want to say two of their remaining seven matches to hoist themselves from the underside of the ladder, given their inferior factors differential.
Subsequent week’s conflict with the lowly Dragons is a must-win and the Dolphins seem the Tigers’ finest probability of snaring one other victory on the run residence.
The Knights, in the meantime, might end the weekend on the cusp of the highest eight, pending different outcomes.