The Newcaslte Knights have gone to the top of the NRL ladder after beating the Penrith Panthers by 10 points.
Newcastle recorded its fourth straight win of 2014 with a solid showing against Penrith. The Knights blew the Panthers away early, running in three tries in the first 19 minutes.
It was a lead Penrith could not catch, but the visitors went close with a series of tries late in the game.
Chris Houston got the first try and then Adam Clydesdale got a simple one from dummy half.
When Kurt Gidley sliced over the Knights were in complete control.
The Panthers finally got into the game thanks to Josh Mansour.
In the second half Matt Moylan gave Penrith a sniff with a nice try.
Newcastle seemed content to sit back and protect their lead. It was a dangerous tactic.
When Dean Whare crossed the Knights were getting a touch nervous.
The Panthers kept pressing but they couldn’t find another four-pointer. In the final minutes Newcastle slotted a penalty and the victory was theirs.