Newcastle have declared they’re no longer a two-man band after Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga took a backseat in Friday’s 14-8 NRL season-opening win over Cronulla.
Knights coach Nathan Brown knew his side needed another hero and plenty of his charges stood up to be counted in the controversy-tinged victory.
David Klemmer proved why he’s considered the missing piece of the Knights’ puzzle, bulldozing 186m and laying the foundation for the win.
Lock Tim Glasby showed why he shapes as such an astute buy and put the cherry on his first performance in the red, blue and white with a second-half try.
While fellow recruit and ex-Shark Edrick Lee came up with three try-savers and the match-winning intercept four-pointer, leading Brown to say he didn’t know just how good he could be.