After putting together a fourth quarter comeback, the Greater Western Victoria Rebels went down to the Northern Knights at Mars Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was a back and forth affair for much of the first half, with both teams trading leads. The Rebels entered the main break with a slim one goal lead.
Jay Rantall was once again looking dominant through the middle of the field, registering 36 disposals and slotting a goal while 17-year-old tall Toby Mahony had his best game of the season, kicking three goals to go along with 20 touches.
After half time Northern jumped on the Rebels, kicking four goals to one in the third quarter to hold a 13-point lead going into the final term.
The Rebels opened the fourth quarter with fire in their eyes. Isaac Thomas kicked his first goal of the year within the first five minutes followed bu Izaac Grant slotting his second goal of the game two-minutes later, reducing the Knight's lead to a single point.
That would be as close as the Rebels came however with the Knights kicking the next five goals of the game to ultimately run out as 32-point winners.
Knights top-age player Sunny Brazier had another strong game, kicking three goals and taking six big marks.
The win is Northern's third of the season, lifting them to ninth position on the NAB League ladder while the GWV Rebels dropped into 13th sport after their fourth loss.
The Rebels next game will be on the road at Windy Hill against the third placed Gippsland Power who have lost only one game so far.