Sluggish Knights humbled by keen Broncos side

The Knights have not quite gotten off to the start they would have hoped for, after they suffered a defeat at Hunter Stadium to the Brisbane Broncos, losing 24-10.

Although the Broncos won the game, it was the error-count that was the clear winner – with both sides producing a total of 25 errors, with the Broncos blowing several golden opportunities to score more points, as a result.

The Knights looked rather flat and failed to apply any real pressure to the Broncos line, but they gave themselves a chance when James McManus ran 99m to score – but it was one-way traffic from there.

In what was his first game back, Justin Hodges played well, getting himself on the scoresheet – and is now just 16 tries away from 100 career first-grade tries.

The loss was compounded by an injury to centre Wes Naiqama, who left the field after just 23 minutes – with coach Wayne Bennett disappointed in his side’s performance.

“I’m really disappointed for them tonight,” Bennett said.

“You don’t want to deal that up to them and I think that’s what hurts them most of all, you just feel you’ve let them down a little bit.

“They’ll just have to ride this path with us right now.”

Whilst results have not gone their way this year, Bennett is keen to ensure that the inconsistencies of previous seasons, is something that does not occur under his reign at the club.

“We’ve got a choice. We can be the team they’ve been the last couple of years or we can aspire to be better than that,” he said.

“That’s where we’re heading. We want to be better. That means change.”

With their workhorse lock Corey Parker not playing, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin was pleased with the way his side defended, and stepped up, particularly the forwards – in the absence of their lock.

“After last week, the thing we wanted to do tonight was no matter what the result, we wanted to come back and get some character back into our performance and into our defence,” Griffin said.

“That was our main goal tonight and we did that tonight.”

NRL News Dally M Points

Justin Hodges – 3

Ben Hannant – 2

Peter Wallace – 1

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