Newcastle Knights forward Korbin Sims is enjoying current bragging rights over his brothers Tariq and Ashton after the Knights downed the North Queensland Cowboys on Monday night at Hunter Stadium.
“It’s nice to get a win at home and it’s good to play against them,” the youngest of the three siblings said after recovery on Tuesday morning at Wests Mayfield.
“It’s my third time I’ve played against them now, so I’m getting a lot of confidence out of it.”
The family contest took a spectacular turn when Korbin stripped the ball from his eldest brother Ashton in a one-on-one tackle.
The move saw him break through the Cowboys’ defence, to be only just brought down metres before the try line.
The contentious family incident was not something the 22-year-old Knight chose to dwell on after the game when speaking to his older brother.
“I didn’t really bring it up with him," Korbin said.
“I thought he was going to punch me in the face (laughs)."
Korbin admits it wasn't a planned play but rather pouncing on the opportunity when it presented itself.
“I knew he was coming in for a run, but as soon as I hit him, I just latched onto the ball and I knew he was the only one in the tackle,” he explained.
“I thought ‘I may as well do it’.
“I wish I had a bit more speed in the legs to get there myself.
“I was a bit tired and a bit of lactic acid kicked in, so I got run down unfortunately.”
Korbin is also enjoying the boasting rights over his two brothers after securing his second win against the Cowboys following his debut match with the Knights last year in round three.
Despite enjoying the comfortable win and praising his team’s efforts, he acknowledged the performance wasn’t perfect.
“It was a bit disappointing the way we finished," he said.
“We gave away a few late tries which kind of dampened our spirits.”
Sims puts the Cowboys’ late tries down to his side suffering fatigue in the back end of the game.
“They had a couple of sets on our line and we just didn’t number up in a couple of the spots," he said.
“We had an outstanding defensive effort in the first half, our completion rates were high and in our offense as well.
“We just have to work on those little things and finishing the game properly."
Sims starting position in the front row was something he enjoyed most about the Round 15 game.
“I loved it.
“I’ve got to get used to it because that’s what I’m going to be doing hopefully pretty soon.
“I’m a middle forward, so I need to get used to starting in the engine room and kicking along.
Now the focus is on securing consecutive wins this weekend when they face the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium.