NYC Match Report: Raiders v Knights
The Raiders have fallen to the Newcastle Knights by 32-6 in the round 10 NYC match at McDonalds Jones Stadium.
Despite a comeback late in the first half the Raiders were unable to catch the Knights, with Newcastle running in four second half tries to seal a comfortable win.
The Raiders conceded an early try through Knights winger Kainoa Gudgeon as he broke away to score the opening four pointer of the afternoon. The Raiders had limited opportunities to score in the opening part of the game, with some errors and ill-discipline costing them any strong field position.
The Knights extended their lead to 8-0 after 20 minutes when centre Heath Gibbs scored, with the Knights failing to land any of their first two conversions.
The Raiders finally started to find their groove midway through the first half and forced some repeat sets as they looked to build pressure, but some errors in attack allowed the Knights to remain intact.
It wasn’t until the end of the first half that the Raiders were able to crack the Knights, when Jack Murchie dived on a nice Logan Spaander grubber to open the scoring for the Green Machine. Andre Niko slotted the conversion and it was 8-6 at halftime.
The Raiders looked as if they would be first to score in the second half when Andre Niko and Mikaele Ravalawa went close, but a hattrick of tries to the Knights put the brakes on the Raiders fightback, as they crossed three times inside seven minutes to extend their lead to 26-6.
Joshua Ralph scored again with 12 minutes remaining as the Knights continued to build their lead, with another 6 points giving them a handy 32-6 buffer.
The Knights closed out the game with no addition to the score and ran out winners 32-6.