Greater Northern’s under-18 side were outmuscled by a bigger Newcastle side in a round two Laurie Daley Cup clash in Newcastle but were not disgraced, Tigers coach Peter Stevens has said.
Stevens said the 40-6 scoreline at Lakeside Sporting Complex was misleading, in that the Knights scored three late tries.
He praised his players – especially the forwards – for their grit in the face of a marauding larger side.
“It took them 20 minutes to score,” he said. “I was just really happy with the effort.
“We won the week before but I thought we played poor that day.
“We took a step forward [against Newcastle) even though we lost.”
Stevens praised Tigers prop Henry Hall of Scone, saying he “sensationally” handled the move from second-rower to front-row.
Stevens was “really happy” with his forwards overall, particularly their first-half performance. He said the Knights led 12-0 at halftime.
“I don’t know if they were much better than us skill wise,” he said.
In the earlier under-16 Andrew Johns Cup game at Lakeside Sporting Complex on Saturday, the Knights defeated the Tigers 20-16.