News | Rugby League
26 Apr 2018 0:47
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Brown sees purple patch ahead for Knights

    Newcastle coach Nathan Brown anticipates his developing team will again benefit from the bye period after Sunday's 34-20 NRL win over Canberra.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has identified the upcoming six-week period as a key time in the NRL club's growth after their shock 34-20 win over Canberra.

    The Knights pulled off their biggest win since August 2015, and just their third victory in Brown's one-and-a-half season tenure by defeating the Raiders on Sunday.

    The result came off the back of the representative weekend, and they have their two byes in the next four rounds, a period which Brown sees as potentially being a great benefit for his team.

    "It was so important because our young guys were able to recover, they had time to train and work hard on their games," Brown said.

    "We got our biggest growth period in this period last year."

    The Knights averaged a 22-point deficit in each of their 22 losses last season, while they also had one win and one draw.

    But in the three games around their two byes, that margin shrunk to an average of seven against the likes of top-four finishers Melbourne and Canberra.

    And given their improvement since that point, Brown expects a more fruitful run in terms of wins this season.

    "During the Origin period is where we stopped getting flogged and started to compete a lot better," he said.

    "If we get the same growth this year we should see some more wins tick over."

    Brown's young brigade, who have endured a difficult development period, were among his best in Sunday's win at McDonald Jones Stadium.

    Sione Mata'utia scored two tries, while fellow 20-year-old Brock Lamb set up two four-pointers and crossed for one himself.

    Daniel Saifiti ran for 191 metres, after watching his brother Jacob be taken from the field after fears of a nerve injury in his neck.

    Jacob was later cleared of any serious problems and discharged from John Hunter Hospital, but Brown said he expected nothing less of Daniel on Sunday.

    "I'm probably a bit hard on him because he's only a young kid who has played 20-odd games," Brown said.

    "But my expectation on him is quite high.

    "He come off the back of a great year last year and had some indifferent performances.

    "But in the past three weeks he has got better, better and better."


    NZN




    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Rugby League News
     25 Apr: Melbourne show Warriors who's NRL boss
     25 Apr: Sims to take hard-hitting ways to Origin
     25 Apr: Hunt masterclass in Dragons' Anzac NRL win
     25 Apr: NRL round-eight preview panel
     25 Apr: Holmes still covets Cronulla fullback spot
     25 Apr: Cogger ready to step up for Knights
     24 Apr: NRL round-eight preview panel
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Squire unlikely for French Tests More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    NZ shares mixed ahead of Anzac Day holiday More...



     Today's News

    Rugby League:
    Melbourne show Warriors who's NRL boss 23:06

    Rugby League:
    Sims to take hard-hitting ways to Origin 22:26

    Rugby League:
    Hunt masterclass in Dragons' Anzac NRL win 22:06

    Entertainment:
    Avicii’s family have thanked his fans for their “loving words” after his death last week 21:53

    Entertainment:
    Paris Jackson has hit out at claims she is heading for a "serious meltdown” 21:23

    Entertainment:
    Thandie Newton claims she “wasn’t hot enough” to be involved in the Time’s Up movement 20:53

    International:
    Korea talks: What does China have to gain or lose from a potentially reunified Korean Peninsula? 20:26

    Entertainment:
    Dwayne Johnson has welcomed his third child into the world 20:23

    Entertainment:
    Kim Kardashian West sometimes feels “overwhelmed” by her fame 19:53

    Netball:
    Netball NZ refuses to let the Sunshine Girls take the Taini Jamison Trophy back to Jamaica 19:46


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd