nib Newcastle Knights five-eighth Brock Lamb says that with some confidence and belief, the team can play controlled and disciplined football for 80 minutes.
The 20-year-old admitted it was disappointing end up with a loss to the Penrith Panthers on the weekend after leading 14-0 at halftime.
“It was a shame we couldn’t back up the first half but saying that, there is a lot of positives in the first half that we can hopefully build on in a couple of weeks,” Lamb said.
“When we do believe in ourselves, we tend to play really controlled and powerful footy through the middle of the ruck.
“If we can keep believing in ourselves for the 80 not just the 40 minutes, we’ll be right.”
The young half also says that as the season progresses, he is building several stronger partnerships with the players around him.
“It is not just me and Jaelen (Feeney) in the halves, there is a lot of talk from the outside backs and the middles which is helping us a lot,” Lamb explained.
“Danny Levi is also a great help in the middle so it’s all coming together slowly and hopefully we can fix up a couple of errors.”
Lamb admits the bye this week has come at a good time to reset and refresh.
“We have got a young team and it is good to rest the bodies but we’ll try and work hard in the days we do train this week,” he said.
“Hopefully we can build some momentum going into the next couple of weeks.”
The Knights will encounter the top-of-the-table Melbourne Storm after the break.
While they have nine wins to Newcastle’s one this season, Lamb is looking forward to the clash.
“It is going to be a tough game but I think it is going to be good for us, a bit of a challenge,” commented Lamb.
“We have been starting to play some good patches of footy so hopefully we can put it into a whole 80-minute performance and get a strong win away.”
The Knights five-eighth noted they will miss the red and blue support at home, as the team is not back at McDonald Jones Stadium for six weeks.
“We definitely notice the fans in the crowd, it is always a positive when we have a big crowd there,” Lamb smiled.
“It builds momentum and gives us a little more heart so it is good to have fans and supporters come through for the games, it always does help.”