Experience vital for Knights
Coach Nathan Brown and co-captain Trent Hodkinson spoke to the media following Sunday's loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
While it was disappointing to have another loss in the final home game of the 2016 season, Brown did see positives in the performance against a Rabbitohs side that was playing finals quality football.
"We played a side that's playing well, and the positive I thought for us was our young forwards," he told the media.
"The Saifitis, Sione Mata'utia and Mitch Barnett are all young forwards that really stood up to the task."
Daniel Saifiti, Mata'utia and Barnett all made over 100 metres against a monster Souths pack crammed with experience, while those three as well as Jacob Saifiti registered more than 30 tackles apiece.
"With another preseason, those kids are going to improve a lot," Brown said.
"The key is to put some competitive people around them, and we'll definitely win more games next year."
Dylan Phythian's performance was undoubtedly the highlight of the match, as he scored a try within ninety seconds of coming onto the field and then backed that up with some nice touches from dummy-half.
"Dylan Phythian off the bench on debut showed some good signs, and I think Trent Hodkinson had a good solid performance as well," the coach added.
"When I watched him earlier in the year, I thought that kid could play footy.
"To see him get out there and compete hard, score a try and get a thrill in front of his family is pleasing."
The Knights head down to Kogarah this Saturday to finish off the 2016 against the St George Illawarra Dragons.