Knights end losing streak with Eels upset, Manly beat Raiders
Newcastle Knights eased the pressure on Nathan Brown with a 28-14 defeat of Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles beat Canberra Raiders despite losing Daly Cherry-Evans to injury on Sunday.
Five consecutive defeats had put the heat on Knights coach Brown, but his side ended their dismal run with an impressive showing at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Mitchell Pearce played a huge part in helping Newcastle haul themselves off the bottom of the ladder, scoring one of four tries and pulling the strings.
Danny Levi also showed what he is capable of, whipping a pass for Kalyn Ponga to sprint away for the opening try before Lachlan Fitzgibbon got on the end of Pearce's grubber kick to score just 10 minutes in.
Levi also provided an assist for James Gavet to crash over, with Maika Sivo getting the Eels on the board late in the first half.
Pearce grabbed a try of his own to round off a great run after Manu Ma'u crossed at the other end, while Ponga scored 12 points from the tee as the Knights claimed only a second win of the season.
Manly consigned the Raiders to only a second loss of the campaign, winning 24-20 at Lottoland.
Captain Cherry-Evans was withdrawn with an ankle injury early in the second half, but Lachlan Croker hit the ground running in his first performance for a year.
Croker helped himself to a double, with Martin Taupau and Reuben Garrick also touching down after Jack Wighton brace had given the Raiders an early 12-point advantage.