The nib Newcastle Knights winning streak came to an end against the Melbourne Storm on Saturday.
Forward Josh King spoke to Knights TV in the sheds after the match and said the ladder leaders were just too good on the day.
“They were very good,” said King.
“The scoreline was a little disappointing and you could see that in the sheds after the game with all the boys.
“Although, I thought in that first 20 minutes, we really matched it with them and had the same energy as them and took it to them but we just couldn’t go the 80 minutes.
“We talked about them being the benchmark of the competition and that’s where we want to get to so it’s a great learning curve for us.”
King admits the Storm’s game management was second to none.
“Especially with players like (Cameron) Smith around the ruck and Billy (Slater) at the back, their go forward is really good and their wrestle is really good,” explained King.
“Across the park they’re a solid squad and there is a reason they are coming first and miles above the rest of the competition so it was tough.”
The Knights now have two more difficult games to close out the season.
“Coming off the loss, we’ll be looking to go back this week and prepare really well against the Canberra Raiders and looking to bounce back after having those three wins,” King said.
The Knights travel to Canberra on Thursday to take on the Raiders Friday night at GIO Stadium.