Newcastle have fended off a second consecutive Warriors comeback to run in an impressive 34-24 victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday night.
The Knights had a 22-6 lead after running in four first half tries but like last week in their win over Cronulla, the Warriors showed fight to deliver a scare for the Novocastrians after the break.
The visitors got to within four points after tries to Adam Pompey and Edward Kosi reduced the deficit in the second half but a cheeky try to Kurt Mann from close range and double to powerhouse winger Greg Marzhew got the Knights home.
Marzhew and Dominic Young helped the Knights start fast with charge over tries on either edge setting up a 10-0 lead.
The Warriors hit back through Pompey in the 22nd minute and looked to have had a second via Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad through a similiar play but the NRL Bunker ruled Jackson Hastings was impacted in the lead-up to the try.
Newcastle struck twice more within eight minutes through kicks not collected cleanly by the visitors for a handy 16-point lead with the breeze behind them in the second half.
The Warriors needed to be first to score after the break and could reduce the deficit on the right edge with Pompey putting on some fancy footwork to step around Bradman Best for the side’s second.
Nicoll-Klokstad’s ability to set up tries for Edward Kosi and Jackson Ford late kept the Warriors in the game momentarily but time this week was against them with the Knights doing enough to hold on.