The NYC Newcastle Knights will review what went wrong in the first half of their clash with the Gold Coast Titans, after going down 44-40 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
The red and blue managed just six points in the first 40 minutes but came close to victory when they piled on 34 points in the second.
Five-eighth Jack Johns said the result was obviously disappointing.
“We played poor in the first half, we know it, everyone knows it, we needed to turn ourselves on in the first half and switch on in defence,” explained Johns.
“As it showed in the second half, we got a leg up and decided to really rip in but it was just too late for us.”
Johns was one of a number of individual try scorers on the day, which included Eddy Tuilotolava, Zac Hosking, Cameron King, Matt Cooper, Kurtis Dark and Kainoa Gudgeon.
But despite seven across the line, their efforts weren’t enough to see them forge through for the win.
“Everyone was contributing but it was very inconsistent by us,” Johns said.
“We pride ourselves on our consistency, that’s been one of Todd’s (Lowrie) rules this year, but it was just disappointing by us, we’re pretty hurt by that.”
Johns is confident they will come back strong in their Round 3 clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs this Saturday.
“Hopefully a bit of redemption for us after this week,” Johns added.
“We’ve really got to step up, look at the video this week and see where we went wrong and back it up against the Rabbitohs.”
All three grades will again be in action at McDonald Jones Stadium this Saturday, starting off with NYC kicking off at 12.15pm.