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Rookie Report: NSW Cup side notch three wins on the bounce

The nib Newcastle Knights Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup side have made it three wins on the trot with a commanding 42-22 victory over the Newtown Jets last Saturday at Henson Park.

The seven tries to five victory backs up previous victories against St George Illawarra Dragons and Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles and puts the team into seventh on the table on six points.

There were seven different tryscorers in the result and Coach Andrew Ryan was pleased with his side's important win on Saturday.

"We didn't start all that well, we were a couple of tries down," Ryan said.

"We pulled it together and managed to put some points on early in the second half.

"It was really good."

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The side have rose to the occasion in the past three weeks in the aftermath of a huge defeat at the hands of the Western Suburbs Magpies in Round 3.

The side have turned it around and posted consecutive wins with a combined 112 points in those games.

Coach Ryan reflected on that loss and how the side have bounced back.

"It's hard to know exactly what happened that day but we definitely learned a lot from it," Ryan said.

"For our young guys, we came up against some experienced NRL players so it gave them an indication on what it takes to play at the highest level.

"It certainly kicked us into gear but more importantly the confidence we got out of the Dragons game was instrumental and they've improved every week."

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The team continue to deliver thorough team performances backed by some stellar individual showings as seen in the win over Newtown.

Simi Sasagi was again a standout scoring a try, running for 153 metres and making two line breaks.

Centre, Dylan Lucas, showed his motor running for 193 metres.

Luke Huth picked up the man of the match awards and was a key figure making 33 tackles and made two line-break assists.

"Simi Sasagi was exceptional, his touches with the footy were outstanding," Ryan said.

"McKenzie Baker and Dylan Lucas were again impressive, they have been two quality performers consistently.

"Luke Huth got the player's player and coaches award from the weekend."

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The side will face their toughest test of the season this Thursday night when they travel to play the top-of-the-table Penrith Panthers.

The Panthers have mirrored their first grade team and remained unbeaten in their opening five games in the NSW Cup.

"They've (Penrith) been super impressive nearly every week," Ryan said.

"We will need to be good especially down there at Penrith.

"We're looking forward to the challenge."