Testing conditions for NYC Knights

It wasn’t the result NYC coach Todd Lowrie was hoping for before the Bye Round.

“We just didn’t give ourselves a chance,” explained Lowrie.

“In greasy conditions, we made a lot of errors on play one and two and didn’t complete our sets so unfortunately didn’t really give ourselves a chance to win.”

The Newcastle Knights Under 20s suffered a 32-12 loss to the Manly Sea Eagles last week to end their four-game winning streak and give away fourth place on the ladder.

“The effort was there from our guys but for most of the game you can’t stop the ball as often as we did, give away the ball in the wet and expect to come away with anything other than what we got,” Lowrie stated.

“To the boys' credit we’ve been really good for about six weeks and we’ve had four wins in a row.

“We have had a couple of byes in those weeks, couple of weekends off and it’s been pretty stop start so they’ve done really well for quite a number of weeks.”

The NYC coach says they’ll now enjoy the week off before coming back stronger next week.

“It is certainly better going into a bye having a good win, that’s what we’ve managed to do the last two weekends off,” said Lowrie.

“We are going to have a bit of time away, have the week off training before I think this is the last break for the year.

“We will give the boys a bit of time away from footy to go and enjoy their families and their social life a little bit and not have to worry too much about footy for the week.

“Once we come back after that, we have no more breaks until the end of the year so I think it is important they go and freshen up now and then focus on finishing the year.”