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Rookie Report: Cup side ready to put a tough loss behind them

The nib Newcastle Knights Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup side will look to bounce back from a demoralising loss this Sunday against the St George Illawarra Dragons.

The side were handed a 50-6 loss by the Western Suburbs Magpies but the side has done its review of the performance and aims to put in a greater performance this weekend at home.

Coach Andrew Ryan reflected on the performance.

"It was a tough loss to take on the weekend," Ryan said.

"They were really disappointed as we all were.

"Hopefully we can pick up the pieces and march on this weekend."

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In the loss, a few youngsters stood out for the red and blue.

Jaron Purcell was a handful off the bench and McKenzie Baker scored a long range try showcasing his speed and skill.

"He comes off the bench for us and he's doing a good job and trying hard," Ryan said on Purcell.

"Unfortunately there are some injuries in the full-time squad so some of the guys like Dom Young got an opportunity from our team to play NRL, which is great."

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The side has recovered well from the game injury-wise and will look to improve against the Dragons.

St George have won one game so far this season and have had the bye to sit in third on the NSW Cup ladder while the Knights will have a chance to rise off the bottom if they can achieve victory.

"Not too many serious injuries, just a bit of pride was dented," Ryan said.

"We did review yesterday so we put it to bed and look forward to this week.

"We need to build some resilience and be in the arm wrestle for much longer."