It wasn’t a perfect performance… but it was effective!
It was a solid defensive effort from the Newcastle Knights in their defeat of the Sharks last week.
The new look squad forced a variety of uncharacteristic ball handling errors from their opponents which proved crucial to the win.
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Forward Tim Glasby, who scored the Knights first try for the season, admits it was a gritty performance from the red and blue.
“It wasn’t polished at times but in the end, it was a tough win for us to boost the confidence a bit,” Glasby said.
It was a far cry from the Knights trial match against the Sharks two weeks prior.
This time it was Cronulla who were rattled.
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“The Sharks have a really good forward pack and I felt that we stood up to them,” maintained Glasby.
“We got on top of that battle for a lot of the game.
“It was a gritty win and sometimes those are the most pleasing.”
On numerous occasions the Knights had the Sharks pinned down their end.
That worked to Newcastle’s favour.
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“That was just because of a great kicking game and great defence game,” Glasby said.
“Couldn’t fault anyone’s performance and everyone had a good game.
“We all have things we need to work on, but the effort was outstanding.”
The focus now…. Maintaining those positives.
“Winning field position, creating opportunities and the execution is really the icing on the cake,” he explained.