Newcastle Knights' season over, says Wayne Bennett

KNIGHTS coach Wayne Bennett conceded his side's finals hopes were dead after they were smashed 42-20 by Manly at Brookvale Oval yesterday.

The Sea Eagles led 38-4 at half-time before Newcastle fought back to add some respectability to the scoreline.

But the reality for the Knights is that they have only a remote hope of making the play-offs.

They are two points behind eighth-placed Wests Tigers but are 11th due to a poor points difference.

They meet in-form North Queensland in Townsville this weekend then host third-placed South Sydney on the last weekend of the regular season.

Bennett told the post-match press conference that the Knights would not make the finals.

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