"It was a gritty performance"

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.

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.

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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.”

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On numerous occasions the Knights had the Sharks pinned down their end.

That worked to Newcastle’s favour.

“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.”

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The focus now…. Maintaining those positives.

“Winning field position, creating opportunities and the execution is really the icing on the cake,” he explained.