Kenny-Dowall: 'Team needs to rediscover winning formula'

A drop in confidence has seen the nib Newcastle Knights go from finding a way to win, as demonstrated in their gutsy performances at the beginning of the season, to coming off second best in game-defining moments.

According to winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall, a common trend over the past few rounds arising from a lack of intensity has resulted in the Knights fall out of the eight.

"We want to get back into the winner's circle and to performing the way that we know we are capable of," stated a regretful Kenny-Dowall.

"We did everything we could to lose that game (against the Titans).

"We didn't build any pressure and when we got in front, we found ways to lose that game.

"That has been a common trend for us over the past few weeks, and it'is something we are going to have to fix as soon as possible."

The players have spent long hours in gruelling training and video sessions the past few weeks to address these issues, and are looking to rediscover that winning formula they had earlier in the year

"There are a few things we have spoken about," said Kenny-Dowall.


"Compounding errors is something we can't afford to do. We need to tighten the reins and have more discipline in and around training and reduce those errors in the game.

"We have a good run at home, so it's a good opportunity to get back in the winner's circle and get our season back on track.

Meanwhile, the Knights will be celebrating Beanie for Brain Cancer Round in style this Sunday with the team donning the limited edition Mark Hughes Foundation Beanie for Brain Cancer jersey.

"Mark Hughes is an integral part of this club.

"He is one of only five players to play in both grand finals, and what he has done for brain cancer awareness and setting up the Mark Hughes Foundation... it's a big occasion and we are really looking forward to representing him on our jersey."