Oates and Milford score hat-tricks as Broncos hammer Knights


Brisbane Broncos ran in 10 tries as they hammered Newcastle Knights 53-0 to surge back to the top of the NRL in style.

Wayne Bennett's men recorded their sixth win in seven games to go back above North Queensland Cowboys - who thumped South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday - at the summit.

First-half doubles from Corey Oates and Anthony Milford put the Broncos in command and that duo each completed their trebles as the rout continued in the second half.

The Broncos added six tries after the interval and Milford's late drop-goal capping off a miserable night for the second-bottom Knights.

New Zealand Warriors made it three wins in four games thanks to a strong second-half performance, which secured a 24-20 away victory over Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Warriors trailed 14-8 at the break, but ran in three tries in the second 40 minutes to seal a first triumph against Canterbury in six games.

By contrast it was a dominant first half that effectively sealed St George Illawarra Dragons' 19-14 success at Gold Coast Titans.

Tries from Gareth Widdop, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Jack de Belin gave St George an 18-6 advantage at half-time, only for a converted Tyrone Roberts score to give Gold Coast hope 13 minutes from time.

But Widdop made sure of the points with a drop-goal three minutes from the end, with Roberts' late penalty immaterial.