Knights ‘need more’ out of veteran halfback: JT

NRL nice Johnathan Thurston believes the Newcastle Knights “want extra” out of veteran halfback Blake Inexperienced whereas Mitchell Pearce stays sidelined with harm.

The Knights caught with the Panthers for the higher a part of 60-mintues at BlueBet Stadium, till they finally gave approach in a 24-6 run-over.

With weeks nonetheless forward of Pearce till he returns from a pectoral tear, Kurt Mann has shouldered a lot of the duty within the halves.

The No.6 completed with an help and was consistently asking questions of Penrith’s defence.

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However in keeping with Thurston, the identical could not be mentioned for Inexperienced who didn’t “get up” within the large moments when he was wanted.

“He was in all probability one among Newcastle’s greatest,” Thurston mentioned of Mann.

“I favored the way in which he was taking the road on from two passes large. He by no means stopped making an attempt. He actually wants to face up with Blake Inexperienced over these subsequent few weeks when Mitchell Pearce is on the sidelines.

“We all know that Kalyn Ponga is at all times going to do his greatest and maintain his staff within the match, however the 7 and 6 really want to face up.

“I believe they in all probability want a bit bit extra from Blake Inexperienced. There was a very poor kick within the again finish of that recreation after which Nathan Cleary comes again down and places a kick in and that is once they rating off the again of that scrum.

“That is the distinction between the 2 halves. He is obtained some work to do.”

Cleary was amongst Penrith’s greatest tonight, accumulating a attempt help and a linebreak help, kicking with perfection and controlling the rhythm of the sport.

However the recreation arguably belonged to winger Brian To’o who racked up 337 metres alongside a surprising attempt, together with 123 post-contact and frequently proved a colossal process for tacklers.

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