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Presser Points: AOB reacts to Brisbane victory

nib Newcastle Knights Head Coach Adam O'Brien fronted the media following the side's crucial 28-20 win over Brisbane.

The win is the third time this season the Knights have posted back-to-back victories with the team hitting form at the right time of the year.

The Coach talked about the performance, the influence of Mitchell Pearce, why he gave the captaincy to Ponga and addressed the run home.


"That was four points in four days," O'Brien said.

"That is a big effort, especially in the modern game.

"I was really proud of the boys.

"They found a way to get themselves physically right after the last couple of days but also mentally to go and compete."

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"We had a lot of ball on their line early and I felt we were frustrated," O'Brien said.

"Junior was the one that calmed them down and steered the ship.

"We finished the first half well thanks to him and I thought the second half, we were a lot more direct.

"It was really important to have him out there with his experience."


"There was four-man leadership group I named in the pre-season and he's one of them," O'Brien said.

"I just felt we needed an injection of energy this week of the back of a four day (turnaround).

"He knew exactly what we wanted to achieve with out having a whole lot training sessions and he could articulate the message to the playing group.

KP was the right man for this week."


"I think the way we finished the game against Canberra four days ago, we weren't overly happy with our defence and I thought tonight we started to track that way as well," O'Brien said.

"There is some stuff we will need to address on Sunday in the review.

"We still haven't played with our full spine.

"We've got a longer turnaround now thankfully, we will get rest first and then get our spine together and get some training (together).

"I would like to think our best footy is still in front of us."