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Rookie Report: Youngsters impress in breakthrough win

Plenty of youngsters showed their quality in the nib Newcastle Knights Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup side's huge 40-6 victory against the St George Illawarra Dragons last Sunday.

The team bounced back from a horror defeat the week before to score an eight tries to one victory and post their first two points of the season.

Newcastle Knights NSW Cup Coach Andrew Ryan heaped plenty of praise onto his side for their breakthrough performance.

"It was an unreal turnaround," Ryan said.

"The week before was pretty tough, and the Dragons side had been going along  well too, but for us it was a massive effort.

"The bounce-back factor was super positive, but we also lost three guys at half-time and we had no players on the bench in the second so it was a huge effort.

The backs-to-the-wall team performance was backed up by some stellar individual efforts.

Pasami Saulo was immense in his 57-minute spell running for 126 metres off nine runs and also had one line-break and one try assist.

Before he was forced from the field at half-time, Dom Young was at his devastating best scoring two barn-storming tries and setting up another.

Centre Dylan Lucas also had a superb game, scoring a double and running for a team-high 194 running metres.

"Dom Young's first 40 was super impressive," Ryan said.

"Dylan Lucas is one of our part-time guys and had a great game.

"Pasami Saulo played big minutes and impressed as well."

The side will now look forward to its Round 5 away game against the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles this Sunday at H.E Laybutt Field.

The Sea Eagles have also had the one win from three games and are coming off back-to-back defeats including a 44-18 loss to the Dragons and a 32-6 result against the Panthers last round.

After the Sea Eagles, the Knights will be on the road again for tests against the Newtown Jets and Penrith Panthers before returning home in Rd.8 to play the North Sydney Bears.

"I think (the win) will give the team a lot of confidence," Ryan said.

"I think we laid our foundations with our defence and that is certainly where we would like to base our game."

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