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Bulldogs unable to halt Knights in NSW Cup fightback

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have suffered a 34-24 loss to the Newcastle Knights at Belmore Sports Ground in Round 6 of the 2022 NSW Cup Premiership on Saturday afternoon.

Creedence Toia opened the scoring for the home side after five-eighth Zach Docker-Clay found open space to put the winger in the clear to race 60m unopposed to dot down in the 5th minute.

The lead increased moments later when forward Josh Stuckey crashed over for the Bulldogs to lead 12-0 inside 10 minutes. 

Canterbury-Bankstown were on the attack once again, this time winger Jacob Kiraz breaking through the Knight's defence to release Declan Casey down the left touch line. The centre was able to place a well weighted kick for Reece Hoffman to regather and touch down by the crossbar.

The Knight's were able to post points on the board when winger Honeti Tuha won the race to a crafty placed grubber into the in-goal for Newcastle's first of the afternoon.

They were back over the line again when Ben Talty barged his way over the line to bite into the lead 18-10 just before half time.

Newcastle got off to the perfect start in the second half when McKenzie Baker pipped one to bite into the Bulldog's lead.

The visitors hit the lead with 15 minutes to go in the match after Luke Huth crossed over. The Knights surge continued deep into the half when Lachlan Williams added to Newcastle's tally to increase their lead to 30-18 with just over 10 minutes left in the match.

Bulldog's utility Ryan Gray snuck over from dummy half to cut down the lead to 6-points and give Canterbury-Bankstown a glimmer of hope.

Though the Knight's would have the last say when Brayden Musgrove closed out the game for Newcastle, with a 34-24 score line at full-time at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle Knights 34 (Tries: Honeti Tuha, Ben Talty, Nicholas O'Meley, McKenzie Baker, Luke Huth, Lachlan Williams, Brayden Musgrove; Goals: McKenzie Baker 4) def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 (Tries: Creedence Toia, Josh Stuckey, Reece Hoffman, Ryan Gray; Goals: Aaron Schoupp 4)

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.