A TOUCH of magic from the Johns brothers earned Newcastle an invaluable 14-14 draw with North Sydney yesterday. Trailing 14-8 with time ticking away, the Knights looked to be headed for certain defeat until Matthew and Andrew Johns stepped in. Matthew put on a dazzling sidestep to create a rare hole in the Bears' defence, crossing for a try out wide with just four minutes left on the clock. It was then left to older brother Andrew to pilot the difficult conversion through the posts to level the scores in blustery conditions. 'That point is just so vital to us,' a relieved Knights' coach Malcolm Reilly said. 'The Johns boys showed great character to get us home, but that is no surprise . . . they are both champion players.' Newcastle got off to a dream start, scoring the opening try after less than 60 seconds. A bomb by Andrew Johns caught the Norths' defence unawares, resulting in the ball being spilled and second-rower Adam Muir crossing. But the remainder of the half was dominated by the Bears, with long-striding second-rower David Fairleigh leading the way. Fairleigh burst through the defence to put Norths on the board in the 12th minute. Five minutes later, replacement back Chris Caruana scored from a sweeping backline move to put the Bears in front at 8-6. Shortly before half-time, Andrew Johns booted a penalty to level the scores at 8-8. Norths hit the front mid-way through the second half when Caruana scored his second try, this time after backing up a break by second-rower Gary Larson. Taylor landed a magnificent sideline conversion and at 14-8, the Bears dug in for a tight finish.