“I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t expect it”

Nathan Brown is at a loss to explain Saturday’s 26-18 fall to Manly.

The coach conceded the lack or urgency and intensity in the opening 15 minutes cost the nib Newcastle Knights.

“Our lack of intensity to start the contest, we were really poor there, and not at the level we’ve certainly been at for the first four weeks," the coach said.

“The fact that we had two real tough, tight losses, to think we could just mosey on through against a good side in that early part … was very, very disappointing.

“I can’t make any excuse for anything. I can’t offer anything.

“I didn’t see it coming, I didn’t expect it … We certainly saw plenty of it in the second half when we had them in some uncomfortable positions, but why we didn’t start like that, I wish I could tell you.”

The loss to the Sea Eagles was the Club’s fourth straight following narrow defeats at the hands of the Dragons, Raiders and Panthers.

“The game was lost in the first 15 minutes. To leak what we leaked, and go down 18, that’s where the game was won and lost.”