Strong possession gave NYC biggest win

It was the NYC Newcastle Knights’ biggest win ever against the New Zealand Warriors on the weekend, the victory also putting the red and blues in the top five for biggest winning margins in the competition’s history.

The 70-4 score line was helped by some precision kicking from five-eighth Jack Johns who slotted six from six conversions and got two try-assists.

“Luckily, they were all around the post so I didn’t have to do too many big kicks,” Johns smiled.

“About three or four of them were under the posts so I was given a few gifts there.”

Johns admits the visitors came out strong, but solid possession played to their advantage.

“The first 20 minutes they really started ripping in but we just had too much ball,” explained Johns.

“We stuck to our game plan and I think we completed 100 per cent for that first 25 minutes so it was a real credit to the whole team, everyone did their part.

“Holding onto the ball was probably the most crucial part of the game and I think we did that extremely well.”

Now moving to sixth place on the ladder, Johns admits the Knights will need to continue their winning ways for their last four games of the season.

“The coach (Todd Lowrie) said it to us at the start of the week and again before the game, how important the next three or four is going to be,” added Johns.

“We want to have a really good grind, try to get to that grand final and have a win and there is only one way to do it and that’s to get our wins up and perform each week.”

The Under 20s take on the Parramatta Eels at ANZ stadium on Friday.