Newcastle Knights take on Gold Coast Titans in Round 11 of the 2018 NRL season

Ponga stars as Knights fall to Titans | PHOTOS The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP
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The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

The Newcastle Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

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That gave Newcastle a 26-18 lead, but a fumble by Daniel Saifiti gifted the Titans possession and a try by winger Anthony Don, converted by Taylor, made it a two-point ball game.

Taylor then kicked a penalty goal, after a Connor Watson high tackle, to lock scores at 26-all.

The Knights conceded another penalty for offside in the 73rd minute, but Taylor’s attempt sprayed wide to the right.

A fortuitous try by rookie Titans five-eighth AJ Brimson, after Shaun Kenny-Dowall spilled a bomb, broke the deadlock.

Taylor made sure of the result with a 78th-minute field goal.

Saifiti’s twin brother, Jacob, faces an anxious wait after suffering a first-half shoulder injury.

He watched the rest of the game in a sling and scans will determine when, or if, he can play again this season.

The Titans went to half-time with a 12-8 advantage after a fluctuating first 40 minutes.

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He hoisted a towering bomb in the eighth minute thatPonga, under pressure from Michael Gordon, was unable to catch cleanly.

Gold Coast prop Ryan James regathered possession and Brimson fired out a pass to winger Phillip Sami, who scored in the corner.

Gordon converted from the sideline, then made it 8-0 with a penalty goal midway through the half.

The Knights responded in the 28th minute when centre Sione Mata’utia crashed over after a Watson pass.

Halfback Brock Lamb added the extras, then equalised with a penalty goal four minutes later.

A minute before the interval, Taylor attacked a short side and offloaded to centre Dale Copley, who scored.

Three minutes after the resumption, Newcastle hit the lead when prop Herman Ese’ese, surprisingly named to start the game on the bench, strolled into a yawning gap to score.

Four minutes later, the home team were back in front after Sami scored his second try.

There was a dramatic turning point in the 52nd minute when Titans prop Jarrod Wallace was sin-binned after a professional foul.

While he was off the field, Newcastle equalised with a try by Sio and Lamb calmly converted from the sideline.

Ponga, widely touted as a genuine option for the Maroons in Origin I, then scored his runaway to give the visitors an eight-point buffer, but it was short-lived.

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