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Competition - NRL. Round - Round 3. Teams - Newcastle Knights v South Sydney Rabbitohs. Date - 18th of March 2017. Venue - McDonald Jones Stadium

A disappointed coach Nathan Brown and Jamie Buhrer spoke to the media following the Round 3 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

“I don't think anyone will question the commitment of the guys, our effort was very good,” Brown said.

“Over the last few years... Souths have beat the tripe out of us and scored a mile of points.

“Today, they beat us because they were a little bit more professional.”

Buhrer said the team rued the missed opportunity on home turf.

“When we stick to the structures and the plans we put in place… we are a competitive unit,” Buhrer explained.

“There are just patches of the game where we fall away from what we know… we make it hard for ourselves.

“We don’t want to be known as a competitive unit, we want to win games. There are a lot of disappointed boys in there (change rooms).”

After losing two players to concussion, the Knights coach urged the game to address the situation.

"We're leaving players out there out of position,” Brownd added.

"The issue is that there are injured players staying out there because we've run out of players.

“We need more people. We've all got an 18th man here. We had Josh King, we could have used him.

"If we're going to protect players out there with concussion, why aren't we protecting guys out there with other injuries? That's my opinion.

"There's no common sense at all."

Meanwhile, Brown hadn’t yet spoken to captain Trent Hodkinson about what happened to be sin binned with ten minutes to play.

"If Trent spoke to the referee in the wrong manner, I’ve got no issue with what happened," he said.

"No issue at all if he hasn’t addressed the referee with the respect the referee should be given.

"I don’t think the officials had a bearing on the game at all. We made the game much harder for ourselves."

Next up, the Knights travel to Sydney to take on the Penrith Panthers on Friday night.