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Presser Points: Coach Adam O'Brien and Brailey front the media

After a memorable victory, Head Coach Adam O'Brien and co-captain Jayden Brailey fronted the media following the Knights 26-22 over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

A late Kalyn Ponga try got the Knights home in front of 17,039 fans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Cronulla hit the lead with 14 minutes to play but the Knights fought hard to earn the victory and snap a three game losing run.

Here is what the coach and co-captain had to say.

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The Newcastle Knights No.1 was the difference between the two sides, scoring two and setting up two more in a man-of-the-match display.

It was the first game for Ponga back in front of his home faithful after missing the first four games recovering from shoulder surgery.

It was an incredible performance from the Origin representative in difficult circumstances as the fullback battled illness before and during the game.

Coach Adam O'Brien was extremely complimentary towards his fullback.

"He played really tough," O'Brien said.

"The both of them (Kalyn and Connor) had suffered from a virus.

"I'm proud of both them and the one he (Kalyn) set up was an exceptional piece of skill.

"They were giving him medication (at half-time) and he was quite crook but adamant to get back out there.

"To do what he did was amazing."

Ponga turns provider for Barnett


The victory was a breakthrough for the team having endured three defeats on the trot prior to the Sharks victory.

The result is the third win of the season for the red and blue and gives the side plenty of confidence heading into a tough run of fixtures.

Coach O'Brien was jubilant with the turnaround.

"I needed to see a response," O'Brien said.

"The things we were looking at was our start to the game and we needed to have a whole lot more intent.

"I felt we made some step forwards in that area, and there is certainly some areas we need to be better at. The good parts of it, that's an expectation.

"In six days time, it needs to be the same."

Cometh the hour, cometh Kalyn Ponga


It was a special night for the Brailey clan with Jayden and Blayke going toe-to-toe for the first time in the NRL.

The brothers and opposing No.9's had family members in the crowd and it was Jayden who came away with the result.

The co-cpatin spoke to the media after the game and revealed a cheeky text his brother sent him ten minutes before kick-off.

"I was listening to music on my headphones and got this message (from Blayke) saying 'tik, tok, tik, tok' and it really got under my skin," Brailey said.

"I guess it's 1-0 at the moment.

"It was a very special occasion for us and the whole family. I had 15 family members here tonight in the stands. It's nice to get a much needed win, it didn't matter who was the opposition, we just needed the two points.

Knights strike from the halfway line through Mann


After an early injury to winger Hymel Hunt, Brodie Jones entered the arena in an unfamiliar position.

Jones was immense pulling off two try-savers and scoring a try of his own, his first in the NRL.

Coach Adam O'Brien heaped praise of the makeshift centre after his spectacular showing.

"He is the type of kid where he says, I don't have to overthink this, I just got to get out there and give my best effort," O'Brien said.

"He gave us that and so much more tonight, he came up with some clutch plays defensively and then to put himself in the frame to receive the ball from Kalyn.

"He was in eight pieces of play I stood up and applauded."

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