The Newcastle Knights rolled the Dragons with their middle forwards and ball movement spine play. (Image: Newcastle Knights/Twitter)

The middle forwards of the Newcastle Knights helped shape the spine play to win 30-8 against the Dragons before next week's finals clash.

The Knights dominated a finals preview matchup with the Dragons, claiming a big win to conclude the triple header Sunday games at Central Coast Stadium.

The forward pack for Newcastle once again shone in the middle third against the Dragons’ defence. Millie Boyle and Caitlan Johnston defended strongly and gained yardage for the spine to attack the Dragons, especially when they played near the Dragons on their try line.

Johnston had 16 runs for 194 running metres, 83 post contact metres, while Boyle had 16 runs for 167 running metres, 82 post contact metres and four tackle breaks.

The Dragons opened the scoring for the game with Taliah Fuimaono scoring in a fast-paced ball movement set play on the right edge.

It didn’t take too long for the Knights to respond, with Olivia Higgins scoring from the dummy half.

The Knights debuted a couple of players this afternoon. Jessica Gentle was one of them, and was able to manoeuvre her way to scoring just before half-time from a high cut-out pass from halfback Jesse Southwell.

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The Knights kept the pressure on the Dragons with a quick try to start the second half. 

The left-edge ball movement allowed Emmanita Paki to get a strong 20-metre run in open space to put the Knights up 20-8.

The dummy halves created a spark for the Knights in this game, with another try created from the same spot thanks to Emma Manzelmann, who was able to beat three Dragons defenders on their line.

The Knights and Dragons will face each other again next week in the semi-finals following the Roosters-Eels matchup.

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