This article first appeared on NSWRL.com.au.
A dominant performance from the Newcastle Knights has seen them progress into week two of the semi-finals after a 40-18 victory over the North Sydney Bears.
Brendan Elliott was a strike weapon for the Knights with two tries, while halfback Will Pearsall and hooker Tom Starling beautifully steered the ship that kept their side alive in the 2017 season.
The Bears came into the match heavily depleted thanks to a large number of South Sydney Rabbitohs players missing in action on Friday night, while lock of the year Cheyne Whitelaw picked up an untimely injury during the week, which forced him out of the contest.
A Pearsall bomb wasn’t judged properly by Eli Levido, which caused a dropout, before the crafty halfback put his lock Bradie Smith through a big gap to post first points for the Knights.