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Knights surge past Parramatta

Newcastle's mid-season revival stretched to back-to-back to wins after disposing of a lacklustre Parramatta 20-12 on Saturday night.
Knights surge past Parramatta
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Newcastle's mid-season revival stretched to back-to-back to wins after disposing of a lacklustre Parramatta 20-12 on Saturday night.

Backing up from Monday night's upset win over Wests Tigers, the Knights scored three tries early in the second half to put the Eels away - their run without consecutive wins stretching to just less than two years.

Newcastle forward Willie Mason told Grandstand his side was desperate to record successive wins on its trip to Sydney.

"We haven't done back-to-back all year and we've (had) to come down here and do that," Mason said.

"It's just great to come down here and get two wins on the trot ... it's a relief."

Mason admitted a composed half-time talk from coach Wayne Bennett helped inspire the Knights after the interval.

"It wasn't that Parra was going to beat us it was that we were going to beat ourselves," Mason said.

Having been appointed as the Eels' new director of coaching just days ago, Chris Anderson had an early glimpse of just how much work he had before him as he sat alongside under-pressure coach Stephen Kearney - Parramatta returning to its bad old ways after last week's comeback win over Penrith.

Half-back Chris Sandow showed signs of life in the first half as he set up a Matt Keating try with a clever run in which he beat four defenders, while he was denied a 40-20 only by an athletic save from rookie full-back Kevin Naiqama.

Having gone to the break locked up at 6-6 following James McManus' fifth-minute try, the Knights blew the Eels away with three tries in the space of 17 minutes after the restart.

First, Jarrod Mullen matched the deeds of Sandow when he beat four in a strong run to score beside the posts before Naiqama raced 90 metres to score against the run of play on 51 minutes to break Parramatta's back.

Akuila Uate completed the run when he scored off the back of a Dane Gagai flick pass, but the dumped New South Wales winger almost had a repeat of his Origin II nightmare when he allowed a bomb to bounce near his home line which Mullen was forced to clean up.

Parramatta gave its fans some hope of yet another late comeback when Ken Sio scored to reduce the gap to eight points with eight minutes remaining, but the Eels failed to convert half chances over the closing stages.

Ex-Eels star Timana Tahu admitted he was relieved to claim the two points against his former club.

"(Parramatta) were just building pressure and building pressure," Tahu said.

"We were lucky we got away with the points tonight because Parra played pretty hard."

Newcastle: 20 (J McManus, J Mullen, K Naiqama, A Uate tries; T Roberts 2/4 cons)

Parramatta: 12 (M Keating, K Sio tries; L Burt 2/2 cons)Newcastle's mid-season revival stretched to back-to-back to wins after disposing of a lacklustre Parramatta 20-12 on Saturday night.

Backing up from Monday night's upset win over Wests Tigers, the Knights scored three tries early in the second half to put the Eels away - their run without consecutive wins stretching to just less than two years.

Newcastle forward Willie Mason told Grandstand his side was desperate to record successive wins on its trip to Sydney.

"We haven't done back-to-back all year and we've (had) to come down here and do that," Mason said.

"It's just great to come down here and get two wins on the trot ... it's a relief."

Mason admitted a composed half-time talk from coach Wayne Bennett helped inspire the Knights after the interval.

"It wasn't that Parra was going to beat us it was that we were going to beat ourselves," Mason said.

Having been appointed as the Eels' new director of coaching just days ago, Chris Anderson had an early glimpse of just how much work he had before him as he sat alongside under-pressure coach Stephen Kearney - Parramatta returning to its bad old ways after last week's comeback win over Penrith.

Half-back Chris Sandow showed signs of life in the first half as he set up a Matt Keating try with a clever run in which he beat four defenders, while he was denied a 40-20 only by an athletic save from rookie full-back Kevin Naiqama.

Having gone to the break locked up at 6-6 following James McManus' fifth-minute try, the Knights blew the Eels away with three tries in the space of 17 minutes after the restart.

First, Jarrod Mullen matched the deeds of Sandow when he beat four in a strong run to score beside the posts before Naiqama raced 90 metres to score against the run of play on 51 minutes to break Parramatta's back.

Akuila Uate completed the run when he scored off the back of a Dane Gagai flick pass, but the dumped New South Wales winger almost had a repeat of his Origin II nightmare when he allowed a bomb to bounce near his home line which Mullen was forced to clean up.

Parramatta gave its fans some hope of yet another late comeback when Ken Sio scored to reduce the gap to eight points with eight minutes remaining, but the Eels failed to convert half chances over the closing stages.

Ex-Eels star Timana Tahu admitted he was relieved to claim the two points against his former club.

"(Parramatta) were just building pressure and building pressure," Tahu said.

"We were lucky we got away with the points tonight because Parra played pretty hard."

Newcastle: 20 (J McManus, J Mullen, K Naiqama, A Uate tries; T Roberts 2/4 goals)

Parramatta: 12 (M Keating, K Sio tries; L Burt 2/2 goals)

Source: ABC Sport

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