Wests Tigers have lost 38-18 to Newcastle Knights in the NSW Cup.


Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a fantastic team try to Jy Hitchcox.


Great hands around the middle of the ruck gave Luke Brooks the opportunity to select the right pass for a flying Hitchcox.


Newcastle hit back soon after, Mata'utia finishing off strong work from Timana Tahu in the left corner.


Wests Tigers restored their lead in the 27th minute when hooker Joel Luani dived over from dummy half.


Meaney converted the try to leave Wests Tigers with a 12-4 lead.


Josh Mantellato struck back for the Knights in the 28th minute racing down the touch line to step inside fullback Meaney to touch down.


Mantellato got his radar on, kicking from close to touch to get Newcastle within two points.


Taqele Naiyaravaro continued his try-scoring feats, notching up his 21st for the season, casually beating a host of defenders after great lead up work by Jy Hitchcox.


Meaney converted for a 18-10 lead at the break.


Adrian Davis brought Newcastle within four points touching down a loose ball in the in-goal after Wests Tigers put down a cross-field kick.


And the Knights were at it again not long after when Will Smith backed up on the inside to stroll under the posts following some porous defence from Wests Tigers.


Mantellato converted to put Newcastle in front 20-18.


Newcastle capitalised on a succession of penalties to see Mata'utia score in the corner in the 65th minute. Mantellato kicked an important conversion from the sideline to stretch the lead to 8.


The Knights were having great success down Wests Tigers' right edge and Timana Tahu punished them just three minutes later kicking for himself to put the Knights up 30-18.


Newcastle rubbed salt into the wounds when Will Smith chipped and chased for himself.


Mantellato kicked another to stretch the lead to 38-18.


Wests Tigers conceded 28 unanswered points in the second half to surrender a valuable halftime lead.


Newcastle ran out 38-18 winners.