In the sheds: Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Knights TV spoke to an elated Lachlan Fitzgibbon in the sheds after the thrilling one-point win over the Manly Sea Eagles in extra time on Friday.
The forward admits it was a tough game.
“Manly have got a good side and we’ve been together for a while now and although we probably should have finished them off a bit earlier, it went down to the wire and Junior (Mitchell Pearce) managed to seal the game, so it’s an unreal feeling,” Fitzgibbon explained.
In the 60th minute, Fitzgibbon turned on his signature move to roll around a Sea Eagles defender and score a try.
“I don’t go out there to score tries,” he laughed.
“I just try to do my job and off the back of Barney’s (Mitch Barnett) work and Connor (Watson) got out and fed me the ball, I went one-on-one on the line.
“It was off the back of some good footy and I reaped the rewards.”
In the back end of the game and into extra time, the Knights forward maintained they had to get back to basics to ensure they could come off with the win.
“There was a bit of a period where we were a bit flat, and we had a few opportunities down the line but we knew it was going to swing in the end and we just had to stay in the grind,” he said.
“We managed to do that and stay in front and credit to the boys, we dug deep and hung in there and that’s Round 1 footy, it can’t be perfect, so onwards and upwards.”
Fitzgibbon agreed it was a massive confidence booster heading into their Round 2 clash with the Canberra Raiders in the nation’s capital.
“It’s obviously good for the confidence getting a win first round,” Fitzgibbon said.
“We come up against Canberra next week, who have got a really good side, and they’re always hard to beat at home and I can’t wait.”