Looking like wooden spooners. Pic: Jonathan CarrollTHE Knights’ hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon took a hit on Monday night when the Wests Tigers upset the Raiders 20-18 in Canberra.
The win propelled the Tigers to 18 points, and above the Panthers and Titans on points difference, leaving Newcastle all alone on the bottom of the table on 16 points.
Newcastle travel to Campbelltown on Saturday afternoon to play the Tigers, who will now be on a high after a come-from-behind win against a team that was in contention for the finals.
With a poor for-and-against record of minus 154 points, the Knights face an uphill battle to avoid their first wooden spoon since 2005. However, as veteran back-rower Clint Newton said earlier in the day after training: ‘‘Some people say it’s been unlucky in certain aspects this season but I’m a massive believer in you finish where you deserve to finish.
‘‘We deserve to be last, there’s no doubt about that, but that doesn’t mean to say we have to stay where we are.’’
It looms as another crunch weekend for the Knights and their spoon rivals. The Panthers host the Warriors on Saturday and the Titans are away to the Bulldogs on Sunday.