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Following the Newcastle Knights’ trial match in Tamworth on Saturday, Jeremy Smith took hold of the Knights TV mic to get post-match feedback about the team’s win over the Canberra Raiders.


Kade Snowden, who returned to the field for the first time in 2014 after an injury interrupted pre-season, said his return match was a challenge.


“I struggled," the Knights prop laughed.


“The second half was a lot better.


“It’s good to get a good hit out before round one coming up."


Snowden felt the game brought plenty of positives and gave the team an idea of what to work on before the official start of the season on Saturday, March 8 against the Penrith Panthers.


“I think what we need to improve is ball control, but other than that, I think we’ve done pretty well," he added.


"Our attack was pretty good."


Young forward Alex McKinnon told Smith he was happy with the performance at Scully Park.


“I think it was alright actually for a second hit-out," McKinnon said.


“My lungs were alright.


“It was a good team we against, in the Raiders and we played really well.


“Gidsy (Kurt Gidley) got a try, so that’s always good."


The Knights spent the lead up to the match in Tamworth visiting local schools to present the NRL’s Tackle Bullying program as well as getting out in the community to meet rugby league fans.