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Presser Points: Coach Adam O'Brien reacts to our Rd 3 loss to the Tigers

nib Newcastle Knights Head Coach Adam O'Brien fronted the media after his side's 24-20 Round 3 loss to the Wests Tigers.

In Mitchell Pearce's 300th game, a late David Nofoaluma try handed the Knights their first loss of the season.

A debut for 19-year-old Englishman Dom Young was a main highlight while Adam O'Brien said the team have plenty to work win ahead of next week.

AOB: Young pride, errors to woe and #Pearce300

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After two opening wins, the feeling of a loss was a first for the Knights this season.

In Mitchell Pearce's 300th game, the Tigers spoiled the party to come away with the two points.

Coach O'Brien was frustrated with the result and accounted it to the side's error count.

"It was an important occasion for us. We desperately wanted to make it a memorable day for Mitchell, I'm sure it still (was) for him but obviously you want to get the win at the end of it," O'Brien said.

"I think it was up around 17 errors, in the first two weeks we didn't have any of that and unfortunately we had some individuals that had some concentration errors.

"They are young men, they're learning their craft. We got six guys missing, they have been so good our young players but I think if you take six out of any team in this competition, it's going to hurt and it's going to have an affect."

Pearce takes to the field for game 300


Mitchell Pearce ran out in front of family and friends for his 300th game on Sunday.

The side couldn't get the win although Mitchell managed to score a try in front of the home faithful.

Pearce said he was disappointed in the end result but was extremely thankful for the week he had.

"I'm grateful and thankful for everything," Pearce said.

"I came out in the players room and (saw) a heap of my local mates and close family and friends. That is the best thing about footy, everyone gets behind each other.

"I'm grateful for the NRL for supporting me and the Club. The Club has been really supprotive from the boys to the staff, it's been a nice week."


Dom Young became Newcastle Knight number #323 after making his debut in the Round 3 loss to the Tigers.

The towering centre earned his spot after impressing in trials since his arrival from England in the summer.

Still at a tender age of 19, coach Adam O'Brien was extremely proud of Young and is excited for his future at the Club.

"On a whole, I told him I was really proud of him," O'Brien said.

"He's moved out of home for the first time but not down the street. He's moved to a new country. First two weeks he was here, he was straight into a hotel room on his own.

"He was our best player in the trials (at Cessnock and Albury), I felt he earned his jersey and he will only get better for that experience. He's going to be a good player for us, he already is."