Poor possession undoes bright first half

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15:  David Nofoaluma of the Tigers dives over to score the opening try during the round 23 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Wests Tigers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: David Nofoaluma of the Tigers dives over to score the opening try during the round 23 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Wests Tigers
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15:  Keith Galloway of the Tigers is tackled by the Knights defence during the round 23 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 15: Keith Galloway of the Tigers is tackled by the Knights defence during the round 23 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Two wins in a row and a sunny afternoon helped to draw 10,963 people to Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday to see Wests Tigers take on the Knights.

But the favourable conditions and atmosphere didn't translate to a win, with the Wests Tigers going down 24-18.

The local side went into the half-time break ahead 16-12 on the scoreboard after tries to David Nofoaluma, Pat Richards and James Tedesco in the first 20 minutes.

But Newcastle were the only ones to cross the line in the second half, capitalising on a 57 per cent possession rate.

A knee injury to Aaron Woods and concussion to Dene Halatau saw the Wests Tigers reduced to a two-man bench for most of the game.

"We started well but kind of lost our way a little bit with our execution," captain Robbie Farah said. "We found the going tough in the second half, we didn't have much ball and when defending our line we kept turning them away.

"We held in there but we just ran out of legs in the end."

The loss means Wests Tigers are equal last on points but sit 14th on the ladder (above the Knights and Titans) because of their points differential.

Coach Jason Taylor said the aim of the team was to move up the ladder in the final rounds.

"What we've talked about is finishing the season really strong," he said.

"We don't want to drop our bundle and cruise through to the end of the year and not be concerned about our results.

"'We want to keep fighting hard because that's great experience and great practice and that will set the guys up to understanding what it takes to be an NRL player not just week in and week out but years in and year out."

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