The Reserve Grade Newcastle Knights are building momentum at the back end of the season, recording their third win on the trot on Sunday.
ISP coach Simon Woolford says their dominant 20-point victory over the then fourth-placed Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs shows things are starting to fall into place.
“We turned a corner a month ago when we played the (New Zealand) Warriors and we have built on our defensive game,” commented Woolford.
“We only let the one try in, so that was pleasing.”
Despite a handy lead, Woolford has praised his side for their commitment right up until the final siren.
“Late in the game, when the game was well gone, we still wanted to defend our line like our life depended on it and that’s the most pleasing thing,” he said.
“The guys have started to buy in and the results are showing.”
The Club's ISP coach was impressed with young forward Pasami Saulo, who was promoted from the NYC team.
“Pasami was awesome,” reported Woolford.
“He carried the ball really well, defensively he was really good.
“For his first performance as a young 19-year-old, he should be really proud of the way he played.”
Meanwhile forward Pauli Pauli will have scans on Monday after sustaining a lower leg injury.
“Pauli looks like he’s got a leg injury so that’s the only sour note from the game... but hopefully it won’t be too long on the sideline for Pauli,” stated Woolford.
This week the Knights again come up against the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Last time they met, the Workers recorded an eight-point win over the Knights.
“They were beaten on Saturday, so it is important we worry about ourselves this weekend and get our preparation right,” said Woolford.
“We will review this game and make sure we can look at where we can improve and get saddled up again for next week.”