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Jack Stockwell maintains the nib Newcastle Knights may have lost to the Sydney Roosters last week but it was a good physical battle.

“I don’t think the score line reflected the game in the end,” commented Stockwell.

“We had a few opportunities that we didn’t take and it was unfortunate it blew out to what the score line was but I thought we hung in there most of the game, were competitive and I was really happy with the boys’ effort.”

The Knights forward admits just falling short most weeks has proved frustrating.

“We are putting in so much effort and everyone can see that and the fans can see that,” explained Stockwell.

“We certainly know we’ve got to do that little bit more to try and get those wins on the board.

“We are just falling short in a couple of areas which is letting us down and not taking opportunities when they come and that’s always going to cost you in the end.”

Stockwell said the loss of experienced forward Jamie Buhrer to a foot injury will be a challenge but he has faith they can take on the job.

“Unfortunately JB (Buhrer) was a real mentor to a lot of the younger guys and he’s out for a few weeks but having Starlo (Josh Starling) there and the Saifiti boys, everyone has got a bit more experience this year,” Stockwell said.

“They came in last year and played a few games so I think everyone has taken it on board themselves and stepped up individually.

“Jamie is a real leader on and off the field and all the boys got around him in the pre-season and just built off the back of what he brought to the Club.”

The 25-year-old is also happy with his own form and increased minutes each game.

“I have been reasonably happy with the way I have started the year and I’ve just put my front foot forward and had a good start,” added Stockwell.

“Hopefully I’ll keep building on the back of what I’m doing each week, stay in the team and put together some good performances.

“I had a good off-season and pre-season, tried to work really hard on my fitness and strength and I have been rewarded by (Nathan) Browny and the coaching staff and I hope to continue solid performances.

“It’s a boost of confidence and good to know I’ve got the support behind me.”

The Knights are travelling to Townsville on Thursday for their Round 8 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday.

Stockwell admits they are a quality side, with or without some of their key players.

“They haven’t had the best couple of weeks but we need to still be on guard, they are a very good team,” he said.

“Not having JT (Johnathan Thurston) and Matty Scott there is certainly a blow for them but I reckon they’ll bounce back this week and we’ve got to be prepared.

“They are a really well put together team and it’s going to be a tough game.”