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The Newcastle Knights’ prop Kade Snowden said the team’s preparation coming into the clash against the New Zealand Warriors paid off after the team recorded a 28-22 victory at Hunter Stadium on Sunday. 

The Knights capitalised from the ability to keep the ball alive during the game and shut down the Warriors signature plays clocking 15 offloads to the Warriors six.  

“We worked on it during the week, doing a fair bit of wrestling and three in the tackles and I think it worked, it slowed them down and stopped the offloads," Snowden told Knights TV in the sheds after the game.  

The Knights also executed well to achieve a 90 per cent completion rate during the game. 

The powerful prop, who made a solid 97 metres in attack, believes the team’s performance the last number of rounds has been admirable and sustained well by the skill of young backs Sione and Chanel Mata’utia. 

“I think we’ve been playing pretty consistently all year, the forward pack and the backs for the last six or seven weeks have been unreal," he said.

“They are the ones that win the game, so whenever they play well, we win."