Newcastle Knights

Forward pass calls costly for Knights

Knights halfback Jaelen Feeney had found some open space immediately after the break and threw inside for Brock Lamb, but referee David Munro ruled the pass forward.

After a dominant 14-0 display in the opening half, the Novocastrians fell away on the back of a high error rate in the second term and further 50-50 calls going the visitors' way throughout the remainder of the game.

Rookie errors hurt us tonight: Brown

Newcastle were by far the better side for the opening 39 minutes and should have gone to the sheds with a healthy lead, only to shoot themselves in the foot in the shadows of half-time to allow the Bulldogs to get back into the contest. 

For the second week in a row, Brown's troops found themselves trailing 18-6 against experienced opposition, only to fight their way back into the arm wrestle to set up a grandstand finish.

NRL's head injury protocol sanctions

CEO Todd Greenberg said fines totalling $350,000 had been imposed on the Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights.

He said that, following consideration of submissions from each club, the penalties would be: 

   o Gold Coast Titans $50,000 (with a further $100,000 suspended) for incidents involving Kane Elgey and Ryan Simpkins

   o St George Illawarra Dragons $50,000 (with a further $50,000 suspended) for an incident involving Josh Dugan

Maloney field goal ends Knights comeback

The home side looked in control of the match when they held a 12-point lead with 11 minutes to go, before tries to Knights outside backs Brendan Elliot and Jacob Gagan got the visitors level at 18-all with seven minutes left.

Sharks focused on Knights, not GF replay

Cronulla have started the year 2-2 and know they can't afford a slip up at this stage of the season given the Storm and Roosters have already jumped two wins clear after the first four rounds. 

While it would be easy to have one eye on the game down in Melbourne, back-rower Wade Graham said that wasn't the case. 

NRL clubs facing hefty fines

The Gold Coast Titans, St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights have all been accused of failing to follow concussion rules.

The Dragons were hit with a $100,000 fine after Josh Dugan appeared to cop a head knock in Sunday's win over Cronulla but was allowed to play on.

The Knights face the same amount after Brendan Elliot stayed on after copping a swinging arm from Hymel Hunt while the Titans are facing a $150,000 sanction over the treament of Kane Elgey, Joe Greenwood and Ryan Simpkins.

Brown renews calls for 18th man option

 Winger Ross suffered a potentially serious ankle injury when his left ankle was folded under him in a first-half tackle against the Rabbitohs in Round 3. He stayed on but the injury deteriorated throughout the game.

However the club lost fullback Brendan Elliott and back-rower Sione Mata'utia (who is also the player generally used as a centre to plug mid-game backline injuries) to concussions, forcing Ross to finish the match.

Knights defeat injury-hit Titans

In a seesawing affair that produced everything, the Knights received a gift with six minutes left on the clock when Titans playmaker Tyrone Roberts kicked the ball out on the full to hand possession over to his former side. 

The embattled club, who were staring down the barrel of 20 consecutive defeats, took advantage with Knights skipper Trent Hodkinson delivering a clutch pass on the inside for Peter Mata'utia to barge his way over for the match-winner.

Titans to blood rookie winger against Knights

Zillman failed to train on Wednesday with a calf complaint and was not sighted when the team took to the field on Friday morning, Roberts-Davis slotting in on the left wing in what would appear to be a straight swap.

Knights 'far better' in 2017

‌But Newcastle believe there were signs in the 26-22 defeat to the Warriors on Sunday which suggest they are a much-improved side this time around.

"I thought we showed that we are certainly a far better football team than last year," coach Nathan Brown said.