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They've scored 317 points and proudly sit on top of the Holden Cup ladder after eight rounds, but the Newcastle Knights NYC team are far from satisfied.             

The Knights have set the competition alight in the opening rounds on the back of their brilliant attack and brutal defence, but coach Mick Crawley refuses to let his team's impressive form go to their heads.

It's why Crawley has told his players in no uncertain terms that they must maintain their high standards when they return from this weekend's representative round.       

"There is certainly room for improvement," Crawley says frankly.

"You only have to look at our completion rates haven’t been high.

"There are a lot of things we can work on, but as I’ve said to the boys while ever our attitude and effort is there we are always going to be competitive." 

It's a feeling backed up by star halfback Jaelen Feeney, who admits his side can still perfect a number of areas in their game. 

"Our first half has been killing teams, but we still need to work on our first 15 minutes of the second half though," Feeney says.

"But our first half we are coming out firing and that’s a good sign for the end of the year.

"You want to keep your cardio up, so you don’t want to be laying around all week.

"It is a rest week, but you want to come into the following week feeling fresh and ready to go."

Coach Crawley was rapt with last Saturday's win over the Bulldogs, especially with his charges resolve in defence.  

"I thought the boys tried really hard, which was great because we knew it was a danger game," he says.

"They (the Bulldogs) have got some big lads and coming into a week off we wanted to be at our best.

"We probably weren’t there, but our attitude was good and we were tenacious and we hung in there again."

The Knights will look to continue their winning ways when they host the Penrith Panthers at Hunter Stadium next Sunday.