In what was arguably the Club’s most complete performance of 2015, pivot Jarrod Mullen had a big say in proceedings with his dominant kicking game and try.
“First and foremost it’s just good to get a win,” Mullen told Knights TV after the game.
“We defended really, really well and we haven’t kept a side to no tries for a while now.”
Mullen also appreciated the members and supporters that came to Hunter Stadium on a very cold evening.
“They were freezing just as much as us so it was good to get them a win and send them home happy,” he said.
“We knew we were back at home in front of our friends and family and the people that pay the money to come watch us play.”
Mullen also said the team placed great importance on Heritage Round, and wanted to put in a good performance for the hundreds of players that have donned the red and blue in the past.
“Any time you’re playing in front of the Old Boys and all the previous people of the Club, you want to make a bit of a stand and show them you want to be here and play for the Club and the red and blue," he added.
“You want to get a win for them.”
Meanwhile utility back Jake Mamo wasn’t even aware that he would be playing until the morning of the game.
With Sione Mata’utia a late exclusion, Mamo secured a position on the wing and didn’t look back from there.
“I got the call at 8.30 this morning when I was driving into training for reserve grade, I was happy to get the call up and got real excited real quick,” Mamo said.
“It makes it a lot easier when you just come into the game and don’t spend all week thinking about it."
While Mamo grabbed himself a try in the first half, the young speedster was more pleased with the defensive side of his game.
“We had a big job trying to defend up against James Roberts, who has been killing it this year,” he explained.
“We just talked our way through it and he didn’t do too much in this game, so we were happy with that.”
Danny Levi was another young gun that put in a pleasing performance after starting hooker Tyler Randell was forced from the field early with concussion.
“It was a bit of a challenge for me, but it helped that we had the ball most of the time,” Levi said.
“But it was an awesome feeling, especially to get my first win in this grade.
“It feels really surreal, and I’m just happy to be celebrating it with the boys.”
The Knights take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 20 at ANZ Stadium.