Rugby League

Newcastle Knights

Cowboys stars back up, belt Knights

Powering through: James Tamou of the Cowboys.

North Queensland have shown they won't be derailed by the difficult State of Origin period, with a comprehensive 46-16 NRL defeat of cellar dwellers Newcastle.

Knights CEO pleads for patience

Aiming for long-term success: Matt Gidley.

Newcastle chief executive Matt Gidley has appealed for understanding in an open letter to fans in the wake of the NRL club's alarming decline in form over the past month.

Knights launch bold bid to sign Hayne

Optimistic: Newcastle hope to negotiate with Jarryd Hayne.

A day after Newcastle's club-record 62-0 pounding from Cronulla at Hunter Stadium – which left them as $1.40 favourites for their second consecutive wooden spoon – chief executive Matt Gidley confirmed they would be interested in making a play for code-switching superstar Jarryd Hayne.

Sharks thump Knights 62-0

Valentine Holmes celebrates another try for the Sharks in Sunday's 62-0 flogging of the Knights at Hunter Stadium.

Sharks winger Valentine Holmes bagged four tries as Cronulla destroyed the Knights 62-0 at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.