THE Newcastle Knights lost round seven of the 2014 NRL season to a pumped-up side from the Brisbane Broncos.
A win-lose pattern is emerging for the Knights, who are feeling deflated after last Friday's 32-6 loss at Hunter Stadium.
The team enjoyed an early possession advantage from a 3-0 penalty count but failed to convert it into points.
Brisbane's former Dally M medallist Ben Barba emerged from an early-session slump to inspire Brisbane to victory.
Barba held up Willie Mason and Adam Cuthbertson over the line to deny the Newcastle front-rowers tries.
He also scored a try of his own and created two for teammates Matt Gullet and Dale Copley.
Brisbane's six tries-to-one victory extended their unbeaten streak against Newcastle to four matches.
The Knights face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Sydney's ANZ Stadium this Saturday at 7.30pm.