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Man of the Match: Gutsy efforts in Mining Round loss

It's an afternoon many Knights fans would rather forget.

Despite the loss, there was plenty to like from our boys.

Perhaps Adam O'Brien said it best post-match.

"I think the members, sponsors and fans can rightfully be disappointed with the scoreboard, but I don't think you can walk away disappointed with the character shown," he said.

With Mitchell Pearce, Kurt Mann and Tex Hoy all sidelined for the entire second half, there were a number of players who stuck their hand up for Man of the Match honours.

Jayden Brailey

Boy did we miss this guy in 2020.

Brailey has consistently been a quiet achiever on the field this year, and very nearly turned the result in our favour with the remaining members of the spine off the field.

The crafty No.9 made 47 tackles with zero misses and was a constant threat in attack, making five runs for 60 metres and notching a line break.

Throw in a tackle break and 131 valuable kicking metres for good measure.

It will be hard to go past Brails this week.

Connor Watson

It was a spirited effort from the lock forward, who was again asked to play big minutes (64) off the bench after the injury crisis hit.

Playing a combination of lock, five-eighth, halfback and fullback, Watson ran for a mammoth 149 run metres, made a line break, seven tackle breaks and made 14 tackles himself.

A monumental display considering the circumstances.

David Klemmer

It's not hard to run out of superlatives for this bloke.

'Klem' was inspirational in the middle, fighting on wounded with a painful knee injury in the second half with troops falling all around him.

The Enforcer ran for a mammoth 187 run metres, played 64 huge minutes, made 33 tackles and made one offload in a huge display up front.

Considering the ferocity of the contest, those were sensational numbers. But is it enough to take your vote for Man of the Match?