NYC Newcastle Knights coach Todd Lowrie attributed a strong defensive effort to securing the young side a 24-18 win over the New Zealand Warriors at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

“We got the win, which is the best thing about that game,” he told Knights TV following the game.  

"The boys defended really well in the second half and managed to keep them from scoring in about six sets in a row at the end of the game there.

“In the end, that’s what won it for us.”

The Knights trailed into the break but started the second half with plenty of energy and were determined to claw back into the lead.

“We were running into a really strong breeze so I gave them a few key areas to improve on,” he said.

“We knew if we stuck to our guns, we’d come home well in the second half.

“Eventually we ended up scoring some points and defended good enough to win in the end.

“It was a pretty good team effort and had a couple of blokes we had to change around positions quite a lot.”

Kainoa Gudgeon and Zac Hosking were the main injury concerns during the match with both suffering injuries to their hands.

“There are a few bumps and bruises and a few corks, but with bye of this week, I’m sure they will be fine,” he said.

“We have a pretty young team, so a bye this time of the year is good and will allow us to have a few days off rest up and come back better next week.”