St George Illawarra have revived their NRL season, jumping back into the top eight with a comeback 46-24 win over Newcastle at Jubilee Oval.
The Knights were unable to capitalise on the emotion of club legend Danny Buderus’ first game as interim coach after Rick Stone’s sacking during the week as they slumped to their 13th loss from their last 15 matches.
Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop was the conductor on Sunday, having a hand in three of his side’s five second-half tries.
He crossed himself in the 45th minute, as well as booting nine from nine.
But the game may be best remembered for Benji Marshall’s contender for try of the season in which the No.7 touched the ball three times.
After his attempted kick was charged down, he regathered, threw a textbook dummy and fell over the line after latching onto a looping Hail Mary pass from Mitch Rein.
In front of a 10,236-strong crowd at Kogarah, Paul McGregor’s side broke their seven-game losing streak to reignite their semi-final hopes with five rounds remaining.
Widdop orchestrated a second-half fightback after the Knights took a 20-14 lead into the sheds.
The Dragons looked to be cruising after jumping out to a 12-0 advantage after 13 minutes.
However there was little joy for them for the rest of the half as the visitors piled on four unanswered tries in 18 minutes.
Knights prop Kade Snowden spent most of the game on the sideline with a concussion after being collected high by Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau, who was put on report.