After time to digest Saturday night’s loss to reigning premiers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Newcastle Knights must pull together in order to forge ahead according to experienced second rower Beau Scott.
The players gathered on a clear but cool Monday morning for a recovery session at Newcastle Beach in the aftermath of the Round 20 defeat.
“It’s a couple of days after the game and we’ve had a little bit of time to reflect,” Scott said.
“We need to pull together as a group of players and get on with the job and get some wins.
“It’s disappointing to lose a game but to lose it by that margin, it’s a bit of a kick in the teeth.
“Us as a playing group are the only people who can pull us out of it.”
Looking back on the match against the Rabbitohs, Scott was frank in his assessment of the game.
“We got on the board first and then we couldn’t match it with them, they were just too good for us,” he said.
“The last couple of months have been tough as a group of players and we have sort have been struggling through the weeks.
“It showed on the weekend, it wasn’t the result we were striving for.”
Yet there’s no time to linger on the disappointing result with the team’s next test approaching on Sunday afternoon at Jubilee Oval.
“We just need to get back to the training paddock, we have the Saints down there on Sunday,” he said.
“We need to show why we need to turn up and play footy.”
Motivation and drive to end the season in a positive way is hardly lacking for the 31-year-old, who will depart the Club at the season’s end.
“It’s (motivation) pretty easy for me because I don’t want to leave the place on a sour note, there’s obviously the dreaded wooden spoon too,” he said.
“For me personally it’s about leaving the Club on a high note.
“There’s people like Kurt Gidley too. He’s been here for a long time and you don’t want to leave a Club you grew up at and played for your whole career on that sort of note."