ISP Match Report: Mounties dominate Knights
The Mounties have continued their strong start to the Intrust Super Premiership, with a dominant 42-18 win over the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.
A late change for the team saw Lachlan Croker named in the halves for Mounties, with Joe Tapine taken out of the team to make his Raiders debut.
The Mounties scored early through Luke Bateman, who barrelled his way over to score and when Kato Ottio crossed from a Zac Santo kick soon after they had a 12-0 lead folowing two conversions to Cameron Phelps.
A try to Eddie Aiono gave the Mounties an 18-6 lead at halftime, but even with the scoreline in their favour the side received some stern words from Coach Steve Antonelli at the break for allowing the Knights back into the contest.
The words resonated with the group as they came out and dominated the second half, with Sisa Waqa starring for the team in a man of the match performance which included a try. Despite two tries to the Knights the result was never in doubt as the Mounties ran out big winners.
Ottio sealed the victory with a wonderful grab on the run from a Kennedy kick, as he raced away to score and secure the 42-18 win.