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After defeating the New Zealand Warriors 28-22 at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Newcastle Knights have won six of their last eight matches.

Coach Wayne Bennett and captain Kurt Gidley spoke about the confidence within the team as a contributing factor in the improved performances.

“I think we played some great football,” Bennett said.

“It was wonderful, they played excellent. 

“We are just playing with more confidence now and backing ourselves."

Gidley said it was great feeling after the game in the dressing shed and is pleased to string two wins together at Hunter Stadium. 

"They’ve all been tight games too where we've come from behind,” he said.

“It didn’t feel like we were in front the whole game.

“You're aware it's close, but just our effort and character to hold on is the proudest thing as a teammate and a Club.

"We've executed better.

“When you're down on confidence you're not quite throwing your passes as crisp and not talking as much because you're a little bit down on confidence.

“As soon as you start winning a few games, you're more confident in everything that you do.

“You're talking more so all those little things stack up to be a better performance."

The Knights led a tough Warriors side the entire game but the Warriors were always within striking distance.

"They (Warriors) just got two or three flukey tries that kept them in the game," Bennett said.

“We've beaten a lot of top eight teams in this eight-week period."

The Knights now face the 10th-placed Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday afternoon.