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Pat Mata'utia

The NSW Cup Knights posted a 22-10 win over the Wyong Roos on Saturday to be in eighth position after 20 rounds.

It was a come-from-behind win at Morry Breen for the men in red and blue.

“We got first points but they got a couple back to lead 12-10 at half time,” coach Rick Stone said.

“We made a few errors, gave away penalties and made it hard for ourselves in the first half.

“We were a lot better in the second half; controlling field position and the game.

“We probably could have scored a few more points, but in the context of how the game was played, I was pleased with the win.”

A number were standouts in the 10-point away victory.

“Josh Mantellato was good, Pat Mata’utia was great, Pat Vaivai was again consistent up front,” Stone explained.

“New recruit Sam Mataora was good too, he is playing more minutes and getting more confidence.”

The coach admitted his players were buoyed after seeing Chanel Mata’utia make his NRL debut on Friday night.

“It was a real boost for everyone in NSW Cup to see Chanel debut, he got his opportunity and showed he was well and truly up to it,” Stone added.

The Knights now return home and face a tough challenge taking on the second-place Illawarra Cutters on Sunday at No.2 Sportsground.

“The Cutters beat us convincingly just a couple of weeks ago, that game was 26-nil,” Stone said.

“If we are going to be a force in the competition, we have to be competitive in this game.

“We are pretty healthy, we didn’t get any injuries from the weekend and I think we are ready to make up for the last game against the Cutters.”