Sounds like Hoy, Crossland and Fermor had a picnic.
Knights dominate Jets in Canterbury Cup season opener
The Newcastle Knights had a season to forget in 2018 but have have made a statement to start the year after downing last year’s grand finalists, the Newtown Jets, in the opening game of the Canterbury Cup NSW.
The game marked the return of Tautau Moga, who injured his ACL early last year and will take plenty of confidence out of his first major hit-out after 11 months of rehabilitation.
With both sides exchanging sets during the opening ten minutes, a 65-metre kick return from inside his own in-goal sent Newcastle fullback Tex Hoy into quality attacking territory. Capitalising upon the shell-shocked Jets, incumbent Jersey Flegg player of the year Beau Fermor crashed over to give the home side the first try of the season.
After withstanding pressure from the Jets on their own line, a 50-metre run from NSW Pathways prodigy Phoenix Crossland set up the Knights second when Starford To’a dived over in the right corner to establish a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes.
Unable to make an impact on the scoreboard during the first 40 minutes, the Jets were made to pay for errors as Hoy crossed underneath the posts after being in the right place to support a rampaging Fermor run. With Zac Woolford adding his second conversion of the half Newcastle took a 16-0 lead into the change of ends.
Needing to be the first to score after halftime, the Jets got off to the perfect start after the Knights lost possession inside their own half. With another NSW Pathways player Rusiate Lumelume going close to the line, Jackson Ferris crashed over moments later to reduce the margin to 16-4 three minutes into the second half.
Going close to posting a second try after Braydon Trindall was held up over the line, Crossland continued his fine start to the season when he produced a length of the field try on the next play after fielding a Newtown grubber to give Newcastle a 20-4 lead.
Earmarked for an NRL debut with the Sharks after impressing in the trials, late inclusion Bronson Xerri showed plenty of class with a dashing run almost resulting in a try, only for the 18-year-old centre to be penalised for a double movement.
Lumelume knocked on inside the Knights half before the home side secured the result in the 65th minute with former Roosters and Titans lower grader Kiah Cooper bagging his first try for the club.
Next week Newcastle host last year’s minor premiers Penrith at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon, while Newtown take on Mounties in a semi final rematch at Shark Park earlier that day.