The Toyota Forklift Raiders have lost to the Newcastle Knights by 10 points at McDonald Jones Stadium, 24-14.
Despite several late changes, including the loss of Jamal Fogarty due to a virus, the Raiders came out firing.
The Raiders were on the scoreboard quickly, with Hudson Young scoring in the third minute of the game.
The Knights could not get through the Raiders defence until the 11th minute, with winger Greg Marzhew scoring.
The game looked to be taking effect on all players with high humidity, but the Knights were able to crack the Raiders defensive line again in the 17th minute, when Bradman Best scored after several errors from the Raiders.
The Raiders were very quick to respond and take back control with a try to Jack Wighton showing off his talent in the 23rd minute.
After great defence from the Raiders on their own line for the last 10 minutes of the first half, last-minute replacement Matt Frawley kicked a two-point field goal to make the half-time score 14-8.
The second half started with the Knights coming out strong, with Marzhew scoring his second try in the 43rd minute.
The Knights then scored again on the same wing through Dane Gagai just two minutes later, giving the home side a six-point lead.
The Raiders were then left with 12 men on the field after Wighton was sent to the sin bin in the 48th minute.
Tyson Frizell capitalised just a minute later for the Knights, extending their lead to 10 points.
The Raiders were unable to fight back, with the score remaining 24-14 at full-time.
The Raiders will look to bounce back against the Penrith Panthers on Friday night at GIO Stadium.