Newcastle Knights take on Cronulla Sharks in Round 12 of the 2018 NRL season

Feeding frenzy: Red-hot Sharks thrash Knights | PHOTOS, VIDEOS The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP
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The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Cronulla Sharks at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday. Pictures: Darren Pateman/AAP

TweetFacebook. @cronulla_sharks coach Shane Flanagan with high praise for @NRLKnights’ fullback Kalyn Ponga. #NRLKnightsSharkspic.twitter老域名出售/lnOIcuXYp3

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) May 27, 2018“I suppose the kid at right centre has signed with us for next year.”@NRLKnights coach Nathan Brown was asked if he could find any positives out of today’s 48-10 hammering. pic.twitter老域名出售/Lm3bkJkCev

— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) May 27, 2018

A Jayden Brailey try in the 31st minute made it 16-0, but then Knights back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon responded with his sixth try of the season to give the home team a flicker of hope.

Any prospect of a revival was short-lived.

KNIGHTS NEED TO AVOID VALENTINE’S DAYBENNY, BELLY-ACHE AND BRINGING BACK THE BIFFGRIFFIN CASHING IN AT KNIGHTS AFTER HARD YARDSA minute before the break, fullback Josh Dugan scored to reassert Cronulla’s superiority, then an Edrick Lee try four minutes after the resumption left the Knights facing a blowout scoreline.

Two further tries by Holmes – taking him to 12 in six games against Newcastle – Luke Lewis and Ramien inflated the margin.

After a promising start to the season that delivered five wins in the first eight rounds, the Knights have now slipped to four successive losses, including three on home turf.

They are now 11th, two wins behind eighth position.

Newcastle’s cause was not helped by head knocks to fullback Kalyn Ponga and hooker Slade Griffin, who were both assessed before returning to the field.

Centre Nathan Ross was also replaced at half-time after struggling with a groin injury.

It capped an unhappy day for Ross, who was also put on report for an attempted trip.

The Knights play last-placed Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Saturday and both sides desperately need to stop the rot.

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