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Possession costs Knights

Coach Nathan Brown and captain Sione Mata'utia spoke to the media following the 30-20 loss to the Penrith Panthers.

“To come in 14-0 up was really pleasing,” Brown said.

“We turned them away from our line a few times and attacked quite well.

“Then we fell into that period of the game where under huge amounts of a lack of possession and fatigue, we lost our way. 

“That is where we are as a team. 

“Possession beat us in the second half. 

"If we had gone 50-50 we would have won that game. I think Penrith would agree to that.

“I was just disappointed that we didn't find a way to complete one or two good ball sets, stick to the plan which worked so well in the first half and regain some sort of momentum.”

A disappointed Mata’utia admitted the lack of possession in the second half proved costly.

"That 20 minute period suck the juice out of the boys and it was hard to bounce back once we got the ball," he said.

"It was a tough ask to get the momentum back, but we believed we could and we gave it a fair crack."

The coach said there was some positives to take out of the match.

"The same side put 40 on us in the first round, so that shows we are really improving and we just have to keep on improving," Brown added.

In injury news, Josh Starling was ruled out of the match just before kick off, after injuring his wrist in the warm up and Jack Stockwell didn’t return after coming off in the 22nd minute due to a shoulder issue.

The Knights have the bye in Round 12 before returning in Round 13 to take on the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park.