A dominant second half has kept Newcastle’s hopes of semi-final football alive.
In front of a crowd of 16,752 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, the Knights led North Queensland 18-6 at half-time but piled on 24 unanswered points after the break to remain two points behind Cronulla in eighth.
Dynamic duo Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce wreaked havoc as they combined to score the home side’s first four tries.
Ponga opened the scoring with another individual effort, before Pearce raced through a gap and stepped past Cowboys fullback Scott Drinkwater to dive across the line.
The visitors hit back when halfback Jake Clifford busted through some soft defence, but another Ponga try gave the Knights a handy buffer.
Pearce then grabbed his second 10 minutes into the second period and further tries to Mitch Barnett, Sione Mata’utia and Mason Lino rounded out the emphatic 42-6 victory.
Newcastle will tackle Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium this Saturday 24 August from 5.30pm.
The Knights then wrap up the regular season with a home clash against the Gold Coast Titans before taking on the Panthers at Penrith Stadium.