Knights register back-to-back wins

THE Newcastle Knights withstood a frantic late rally by Parramatta to beat the Eels 20-12 at Parramatta Stadium and register back-to-back wins for the first time this NRL season.

It was Newcastle's second victory in the space of five nights after they had fought back from an early 14-0 deficit to beat Wests Tigers 38-20 at Hunter Stadium on Monday.

The teams were locked at 6-6 at half-time after Knights winger James McManus (5th minute) and Eels hooker Matt Keating (14th) traded tries in the early stages.

The Knights cleared out to a 20-6 lead midway through the second half with tries to Jarrod Mullen (43rd), Kevin Naiqama (51st) and Aku Uate (57th) but Chris Sandow sparked a desperate late surge by the Eels.

Naiqama, a late replacement at fullback for Peter Mata'utia, raced 95 metres to score his first NRL try in only his 3rd appearance this season and fourth overall.

Sandow and veteran fullback Luke Burt created a try for winger Ken Sio in the 71st minute, and Burt's conversion pulled the Eels within eight points.

They had several other chances to score again in the final nine minutes but were denied by desperate Knights defence.

The win moved the Knights to 16 points and back within striking distance of the top eight.

In a blow for the Knights, prop Kade Snowden limped off with a knee injury in the 55th minute.

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