Rugby league: Knights score three late tries in 40-6 win over Greater Northern Tigers

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.