Knights put to the sword by Sharks, Bulldogs ease past Tigers


Newcastle Knights' miserable NRL season reached a new low as wingers Valentine Holmes and Sosaia Feki ran riot in an emphatic 62-0 victory for Cronulla Sharks at Hunter Stadium.

Holmes crossed on four occasions, Feki claimed three tries and four other touchdowns ensured the Sharks, who sit level on points with Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm at the top of the table, equalled their record winning margin on Sunday.

The Knights, meanwhile, have now lost four matches in succession - the last two by an aggregate score of 100-0 - and remain rooted to the foot of the ladder with one win from 10 outings in 2016.

Three of Cronulla's first four tries went to Holmes, while Feki got in on the act for the first time in the 34th minute before completing his hat-trick late on. There were also scores for Luke Lewis (2), Ben Barba and Wade Graham.

Knights full-back Dane Gagai was denied a consolation try by the video referee in the final minute and broke down in tears at full-time, with joint-captain Tariq Sims subsequently stating: "It's never easy taking a loss like that, but Gags has got a bit of a personal issue with his family there, so I think I'd respect his privacy."

In a post-match interview with Fox Sports, Gagai said: "It's a tough pill to swallow, especially at home with all the fans turning up, Indigenous round, everything to play for. We're going to go through some tough times before we go through good ones. There's not much we can say ... just put this one behind us and be better next week."

Sunday's other fixture was similarly one-sided, Canterbury Bulldogs easing to a 36-4 victory over a depleted Wests Tigers side that lost New South Wales hooker Robbie Farah to a sickening head injury.

Farah was forced off after his head collided with the hip of Josh Reynolds in a tackle before hitting the ground with a thud, although his club subsequently tweeted: "Promising news for @robbiefarah after he was taken to hospital. Full update to follow."

The Tigers also lost Sauaso Sue to a rib injury in the warm-up and were comprehensively beaten as Curtis Rona claimed two of Canterbury's seven tries.