Sport Knights beat Warriors, go back-to-back

13:15  05 august  2017
13:15  05 august  2017 Source:   msn.com

Too many Kiwis in the Warriors - Aussie commentator

  Too many Kiwis in the Warriors - Aussie commentator <p>Fox Sports rugby league reporter Paul Kent believes the Warriors need to invest in more Australian-raised players if they are to be successful in the NRL</p>The Warriors are set to miss the finals for the sixth consecutive season, despite having one of the more talented rosters in the NRL.

The Newcastle Knights came back from the dead to record a 24-14 win over the Warriors in front of 16,000 loud Novocastrians on Saturday night. "It was a big boost to go well with Dave off the field and being able to get ourselves back into a winning position," Stone said.

The Brisbane Broncos annihilate the Titans 54-0, following the Knights ' surprise win over the Warriors , before the Raiders enjoy a convincing win over Cronulla.

Mitch Barnett of the Knights celebrates his try with team mates during the round 22 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia.© Ashley Feder/Getty Images Mitch Barnett of the Knights celebrates his try with team mates during the round 22 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium on August 5, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle have strung together back-to-back NRL wins for the first time in two years after upsetting the Warriors 26-10.

The first signs of Nathan Brown's rebuild are showing after backing up last week's boilover against St George Illawarra with a comprehensive victory on Saturday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The result was soured when fullback Nathan Ross was helped from the field with what appeared to be a serious back injury in the 49th minute after copping an accidental knee from Blake Ayshford.

Nathan Ross taken off with suspected fractured back

  Nathan Ross taken off with suspected fractured back The Knights earned a second consecutive win for the first time since 2015 with a 26-10 defeat of the Warriors in Newcastle. But there are serious concerns for cult hero Nathan Ross, who was taken off with a back injury.Ross took a bomb deep in his own territory before dropping to the ground and copping a knee from Blake Ayshford in the back.Ross stayed down for medical treatment and was assisted from the field.He was later seen lying on the sidelines in pain before being taken into the dressing rooms, then to hospital in an ambulance.Initial fears are the fullback could have a fractured back.

The Warriors produce a strong second-half display to beat Newcastle 40-18 in Auckland, securing their first NRL win since July. The Knights struck back twice, first through lock Sam Mataora, who busted some weak defence.

Warriors beat gutsy Knights . Author. Corey Rosser. From the sideline with the rain starting to come down Randell added the extras to wrestle the score back to 20-14.

After starring in last week's win over the Dragons, five-eighth Brock Lamb was again outstanding, setting up Mitch Barnett's opener before putting Lachlan Fitzgibbon through a hole in the 60th minute for what proved to be the match-winner.

Lamb, after copping heavy criticism after last month's loss to Canterbury, has come along in leaps and bounds in recent weeks. He was rewarded with a late try on top of his two try-assists.

It is the the first time the Knights have posted consecutive wins since rounds 23-24 in 2015 however they remain last on the ladder.

The Warriors scored a consolation try through Nathaniel Roache, however pressure is beginning to mount on coach Stephen Kearney after his side's fifth loss in a row.

Lamb put Barnett through a hole close to the line to open the scoring in the seventh minute.

And the Knights' back-rower had his double just four minutes later after exploiting some lazy Warriors goalline and ruck defence which summed up the visitors' day.

After the Warriors pegged back the score through David Fusitua, the Knights had several chances to extend their lead but twice elected to take the two points as they went into the break up 16-4.

Chanel Mata'utia, lucky not to be sin-binned for a trip on Mason Lino in the second half, will come under the scrutiny of the match review committee.

Joey endorses Lamb as next Knights No.7 .
Newcastle great Andrew Johns believes Brock Lamb should usurp Trent Hodkinson as the club's halfback next NRL season.Lamb continued his purple patch of form as he led the battling Knights to a third straight NRL win on Friday night.

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