Scoring 4 tries in one game is no easy feat but it is a feat that Newcastle Knights winger James McManus has accomplished, as he and several other senior Knights players stepped up when it mattered to dispose of the Gold Coast Titans 46-16.
The Knights started out strong and had the game wrapped up after just one half, something that surprised coach Wayne Bennett who was taken aback by just how well his side started the game.
We didn’t know what to expect with the conditions the way they were. It kind of blew me away a little bit to think they could score that many points,” Bennett said.
On the back of great halves leadership by Jarrod Mullen in all facets, it will be James McManus as the talking point, with his four tries scored in one game equalling a club record.
Their defence was also solid, as the tackling and aggression of his side also pleased Bennett.
“In the end, they just supplements testosterone human growth hormone hgh couldn’t breathe, the Titans. The pressure just kept building on them,” he said.
To compound the loss, in-form centre Jamal Idris suffered a broken fibula and a dislocation, an injury that is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.
“It was a big blow (losing Idris), but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I thought we looked a little bit loose right from the start and losing Jamal probably just added to it,” Cartwright said
With his 4-try performance sure to bring about Origin talk and speculation, Wayne Bennett remained coy on what he would do.
“I keep reading about what makes an Origin player. It (that discussion) started in NSW and it’s still here. They can’t work it out,” Bennett said of McManus.
“I’ve said all I’m going to say on it. Work it out for yourself,” Bennett added when asked if he’d pick McManus for game three.
3. James McManus
2. Tyrone Roberts
1. Jarrod Mullen