It's been the most talked about new halves pairing in the NRL over the off-season.
And as first impressions go, Knights fans have a lot to look forward to.
Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga were both prominent in an impressive first up showing against St George Illawarra in Wollongong on Saturday.
The Knights were beaten 18-10 by the Dragons but claimed a moral victory, leading 10-6 at halftime when the two sides were at full strength for the opening 40 minutes.
Pearce and Ponga both played the first 40, as did new fullback Connor Watson, who was also impressive in his first hit-out at the back for Newcastle.
As anticipated, coach Nathan Brown swung the changes at halftime, replacing the majority of his main squad with only a handful returning for the final two quarters.
New faces, David Klemmer, James Gavet, Tim Glasby, Jesse Ramien, Edrick Lee and Kurt Mann all had game time with Klemmer playing just the opening 20 minutes before he was rested.
Lee was one of the Knights best players in a solid debut on the wing while Ramien was rarely sighted and was starved of the ball.
In a big positive for the Knights, all their players got through the trial injury-free.
Despite running into a stiff breeze in the opening 40 minutes, the Knights did well to take a four point lead into the main break.
The Dragons were strong early and they exposed the Knights' defence out wide when fullback Gareth Widdop took an inside pass to cross after just four minutes.
But the officials found an obstruction in the lead-up and the try was disallowd.
The Dragons' early dominance was rewarded after 13 minutes when big prop Paul Vaughan burst over the top of Danny Levi from close range to score under the posts for a 6-0 advantage.
It took the Knights some time to work their way into the contest and it was the Ponga-Lachlan Fitzgibbon combination that was so lethal at times last season that produced their opening points.
Ponga skipped off his right foot and put Fitzgibbon in a huge hole before the backrower stepped Widdop to score under the posts to level the scores.
Ponga and Fitzgibbon were again involved for the Knights' second try 11 minutes from halftime.
Working a short blind side, Ponga found his backrower who dished off to Pearce who had doubled around from the open side. Pearce then found his winger Edrick Lee who went over untouched.
The Dragons dominated the final two quarters scoring three tries for the eight point win.