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Emerging Knights centre Sione Mata’utia reckons he doesn’t even have to look when setting up his mate Jake Mamo on the wing.

“Because I always know Jake is going to be there,” Mata’utia grins.

“He told me to always trust that he’ll be wherever I am, so that gives me good confidence that he’ll always be on my outside.

“I don’t even have to ask; I just feel that he is there automatically.”

This freakish connection was on display in spades when the pair joined forces for NSW Under-20s against Queensland in Penrith on Saturday.     

In an impressive display of skill and teamwork, Mata’utia set up Mamo for two tries while he scored one himself in a dominant 30-8 victory for the junior Blues.

It was a memorable night for the duo capped off when Mamo picked up the Darren Lockyer Medal as man-of-the-match following his scintillating hat-trick.   

"It was a very special moment for Jake and myself," Mata'utia says.

"It was a great day for us and we topped it off with a win, which was also good.

"I first met Jake last year when I started training with the 20s, so it hasn’t been that long.

"But in that short period of time our footy has been really close and that really helped on the weekend for NSW."

Mata'utia was rapt for Mamo to take home the best on ground honours, revealing the Gosford-born flyer worked overtime in camp during the week to prepare for the Origin fixture.  

"Jake really deserved that man-of-the-match," enthuses the centre, who admits he was so nervous before the match he was shaking in the sheds.

"A lot of the boys were surprised with how fast Jake was, but he really worked hard throughout the week in the camp.

"He just kept to himself and did the little things right at training.

"He is really strong mentally and really deserved it."

For two blokes who have only known each other for 12 months, Mata'utia and Mamo already possess an incredible understanding of each others game.

It's a connection Mata'utia attributes to a conscious effort by the pair to regularly work on their on-field association.      

"Every time we work together we are always thinking how we can make our relationship better," he says.

"Because you never know down the track we could be playing together in the NRL one day.

"But the more time we spend together the better we will become."

For years it was the Matt Gidley and Timana Tahu centre/wing combination that lit up the Newcastle backline.  

Maybe in years to come it will be Mata’utia and Mamo leading the Knights to victory. 

It’s a prospect that excites Club CEO Gidley.   

“Hopefully by then they’ll be doing it with their eyes closed,” Gidley grins.

At their current rate of improvement, that's exactly what you'll see from Mata'utia and Mamo when they get their chance to shine on the NRL stage.