Lowrie lauds Jersey Flegg unbeaten run

It’s all positive news coming from the Club's Jersey Flegg camp, with the Under 20s side recording their third straight win for the season.

It was a close encounter with the Parramatta Eels on the weekend, but they managed to grind out the win with a handy try coming from Pasami Saulo in the 69th minute to seal the victory.

Coach Todd Lowrie was thankful to have the talented forward back after spending the first two weeks of the new season in ISP.

“Pasami scored a good try for us and got us two tries clear which was good,” said Lowrie.

“The way that he carries the ball and what he can do, there’s probably not too many other people that could score a try like that, so it was certainly handy having him there.”

Lowrie was also impressed with number 11 Kurtis Dark, who continued to be handy with the boot.

“Darkey has been really good to start the year, he’s been outstanding,” commented Lowrie.

“We’ve obviously had a couple of big scores which he has contributed to with his goal kicking and on the weekend it made a big difference.

“Later in the game there was only one try in it so Darkey’s goal kicking has been really helpful to us, he’s been doing a lot of work on it and practice, and it shows during the games.”

While the Knights got an early look at the Eels in their trial match in Maitland last month, the Jersey Flegg coach admits there was a big difference in the side they played this weekend.

“They had about 27, 28 players in the trial so they rotated through a lot of the group and obviously this time they had their strongest team,” he added.

“They had a couple drop back from ISP because their Reserve Grade team was a really strong team so it was a really big effort from our guys.

“They played against a really good side in Parramatta who have some quality players, so to come away with the win on their home ground, was a really big effort.”

Following last week’s match, Lowrie made comment about his side’s lack of discipline and at times, lapses in defence.

On Sunday, Lowrie maintained he saw improvement but is still calling for some areas to be fine-tuned.

“After the game we had a brief review and I think whilst the boys were happy with the win, they all agreed that we can still play a lot better than we have,” said Lowrie.

“I don’t think we were overly good in our execution but the attitude that we had, the resilience that we showed, and the toughness in defence is certainly what won us the game.

“We were really under the pump at the back end of the game and we defended our goal line for ten minutes straight because they kept getting set after set.

“It was a really big effort and showed some character which is a really good quality.

“Hopefully we can keep improving week to week and reap the rewards from it.”