NYC Round 16 v Newcastle Knights
The St George Illawarra Dragons were 36-6 winners over the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle on Saturday.
The Young Dragons scored seven tries in the victory including doubles to both Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards and Jai Field to push their unbeaten streak out to eight games.
Head Coach Matt Head had made only the one change in personnel to the line-up announced midweek opting for Paora Kemp in the centres in lieu of Izaac Thompson.
Positionally, hooker Ali Allouche was preferred in the rake's role to Reece Robson who reverted to the interchange.
It was the Knights though that took advantage of a mountain of field position in the opening quarter, when Cory Denniss got an offload away to Matt Soper-Lawler to start the scoring.
Jake McNamara converted from the sideline to give the Knights a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes.
However, the visitors hit back moments later, when fullback Matt Dufty set up Keelyn Tuuta-Edwards for a try in the corner to bring the visitors to within two points.
The Dragons quickly took advantage of the strong breeze to start the second half, with Dufty throwing a long ball to an unmarked Paora Kemp to give the Dragons an 8-6 lead.
After a penalty for a late hit on Jack Payne 15 minutes later, Reece Robson burrowed his way under two Knights defenders for the Dragons third try of the game.
Jai Field converted the try to push the Dragons lead out to 14-6.
Worryingly though, winger Reuben Garrick was taken from the field on the hourmark after it was ruled the Knights defender tackled him without the ball.
Dragons second-rower Luciano Leilua continued where he left off from last week against the Melbourne Storm, running over the top of defenders, before handing it off to Tuuta-Edwards for his second try of the afternoon.
Field converted the try to make it 20-6.
Two converted tries in the final six minutes to five-eighth Jai Field helped cement the visitors' spot in the top eight.
St George Illawarra Dragons 36. Tries: Field (2), Tuuta-Edwards (2), Dufty, Robson, Kemp. Goals: Field (4/7).
Newcastle Knights 6. Tries: Soper-Lawler. Goals: McNamara (1/1).