The Newcastle Knights Under 20s has cemented its place on top of the table as the team approaches the finals after its 38-0 win over the Melbourne Storm at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.
The Knights sit two points above the Eels on the competition ladder with four games remaining in the home and away season.
Knights’ captain Danny Levi was proud of his team’s performance and ability to stick to the game plan on Saturday.
“It was a really good win,” he told teammate Tama Koopu after the game.
“We came out with the goal that we wanted to start fast, and the boys did that.”
With the side boosted by the return of Jake Mamo and Joseph Tapine from playing in the NRL, as well as James Taylor returning from injury, Levi believes his side has hit good form at the perfect time.
“It’s just about building in the back end of the season for the final series so we’re hitting our peak,” he said.
“I’m pretty confident but just want to take it game by game.”
The Knights were supported well by a young halves combination in 17-year-olds Brock Lamb and Jack Cogger, who was playing his debut game in the Under 20s.
“They both went really well, especially Cogs (Cogger) who scored a try on debut,” Levi added.
“Cogger led really well around the field, especially for someone who’s only been training with us for a couple of weeks."
Cogger was proud to make his NYC debut and to record such a positive result.
“It was a good start and obviously the boys made it easier for me,” Cogger said, who wone the 2014 Carlson Club Andrew Johns Medal.
“I just did my job and they did theirs and we ended up with the win.
“I’ve learnt a lot off the boys and hope to continue until then end of the season."
Meanwhile, it was big game for forward Pride Petterson-Robati, who played against his former Club at Hunter Stadium.
“I think the boys did really well today with a 38-0 win, especially against Melbourne, they are always a strong team in any competition,” he said.
“I’m feeling good and confident in the team, the boys are playing really well and have started to peak at the right time.
“There’s positive vibes all round.”
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