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Korbin Sims acknowledges Sunday’s 28-22 win against the New Zealand Warriors was hard fought for the Newcastle Knights. 

“It was a tough game, it probably didn’t look it because we were on top for most of the match, but it was a really grinding game,” he told the media at a press conference at Wests Mayfield.

“I’m a little bit sore, they’re always hard to play, the New Zealand Warriors, they are a big, physical side.

"A few of the boys will be pretty sore this morning I dare say.

The 23-year-old forward attributed the victory to the fact the team stuck to the game plan and executed well.

However, he concedes there’s a trace of disappointment finding form as the season dwindles.

“We know what we can do and we know what we can achieve, so it’s a shame that we’ve come into some good form at the end of the year with no real finals hopes for us,” he said. 

“We were joking around in the sheds last night saying there should be a wild card for us to get into the finals."

Sims commended brothers Chanel and Sione Mata’utia on both playing an outstanding game on Sunday (link).

“It was unreal, Chanel had a really good game last night, on his birthday aswell and Sione, he’s a really good prospect to watch and he’s going to do big and great things for this Club. 

The Knights face the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday with Sims returning to verse the Club that gave him his first opportunity to play as a junior.

“It’s always good to go back up there and show them what I can do now in the NRL.

Despite it being mathematically possible for the Knights to scrape into the finals, Sims said the team’s drive will come from the desire to finish the season strongly. 

"All we have to do is what we did yesterday in the game, we just have to stick to our game plan and execute our plays," he said.

“We’ve had enough rockets from Wayne (Bennett) this year and we’ve finally pulled our head in. 

“It’s a shame we’ve pulled our heads in a little bit too late.”