Wayne Bennett has described a difficult 2014 season as his "finest hour" following his side's 40-10 shellacking of the Dragons on Sunday.
Newcastle capped off a strong finish to a disappointing season in style, racing out 40-10 winners against the Dragons on Old Boys' Day.
For the first time in 2014, the Dragons go into a game knowing they won't play finals footy. Will that affect their chances against a resurgent Knights outfit?
Joey Leilua is set to reach 100 NRL games at the age of just 22 when the Knights take on St George Illawarra on Sunday.
Peter Mata'utia will come up against brothers Sione and Chanel for the first time in the NRL this Sunday as the Dragons travel to Hunter Stadium.
Hat-trick hero Chanel Mata'utia discusses his three tries and the try-scoring competition between himself and his brothers.
Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett has credited a more settled squad facing fewer disruptions for the huge turnaround in form after last week's loss to Brisbane.
The Newcastle Knights scored five tries in 12 minutes to come back from a 12-8 deficit to race away with an astounding 42-12 win against the Parramatta Eels.
Newcastle have the job ahead of them repelling a confident Eels outfit who have a sniff of finals football in their nostrils.
After a horror 2014 for the club Chris Houston wants to be part of the next chapter in Newcastle's proud history.