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Coach of the NYC Newcastle Knights Todd Lowrie has praised the efforts of his team despite their 32-22 loss to the Cronulla Sharks on the weekend.

“I thought we started really well, and we probably didn’t get rewarded for our good start,” Lowrie commented.

“Their effort was really good but we gave a few too many penalties away and let a few too many offloads go so they made us pay for that.

“They are a pretty good team... they were just a bit better than us.”

Lowrie said defence out wide needs attention, but believes that will come with more experience.

“The boys are still learning and some of them haven’t played too often together so we’ll keep working on that,” explained Lowrie.

“They are showing some good signs and as long as there’s some improvement during the week, that is the main thing.”

“The effort areas were good... we’ve just got to fix up a few things with our defence and hold them to the ball a bit more and I’m sure they’ll be better next week.”

The Under 20s coach hailed the work of his fullback, who came away with a double against the Sharks.

“Matt Cooper is doing really well for us, he’s come in and has been one of the best for us each week,” Lowrie said.

“A Newcastle kid that has come through the grades and he’s still a year young for this competition but he’s doing really well.”

The NYC Knights take on the Canterbuy-Bankstown Bulldogs at 3.45 pm at McDonald Jones Stadium this Friday.