Stockwell praises young talent

nib Newcastle Knights forward Jack Stockwell maintains while there were a couple of errors and penalties that didn’t go their way this weekend, the side did well against a solid opponent.

Stockwell was one of three try scorers for the Knights in Sunday’s tight 26-22 loss to the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium for their season opener.

The tall forward relished his first try for the 2017 NR season despite the defeat.

“It’s always good to get a try, it’s only one of a couple I’ve got,” said Stockwell.

“I was really happy with the match, I was really impressed with the boys and how they handled the first round, especially going over to New Zealand.”

He noted a couple of things didn’t go the way for the red and blue but it’s just a matter of getting better each week.

“It’s about limiting those errors, limiting those mistakes and completing sets and I think we’ll go well,” Stockwell added.

“We need to put 80 minute performances together, we kind of threw it away, it was ours to win, but I thought we did well to come back in the second half.”

Praising some of the young Knights talent against a big Warriors forward pack.

“I thought Starlo (Josh Starling) and Daniel Saifiti handled themselves well when they started the game,” said Stockwell.

“The bench, young Yatesy (Luke Yates) and Stoney (Sam Stone), they came on and made a big impact, Jacob Saifiti as well.”

As for thought on his own form, the 25-year-old is happy with his progress this year.

“Personally I’m in a better space, mentally and physically.

“Had a bit of a disruptive pre-season last year going into the season but this year has been really good, the pre-season has been awesome.

 “It’s good to have a great bunch of blokes around you.”