On a small scale, the win was a valuable two points for the Newcastle Knights. On a large scale, it is a win that Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett believes is an important one for his side moving forward, as they recorded an 18-12 win over the Bulldogs in Mackay.
With the Knights form in 2013 largely inconsistent, it was their resolve and inner mongrel that impressed Bennett the most, as they recorded back-to-back wins after last week’s mauling of the Gold Coast Titans.
“It was probably our worst performance of the last month but we’ve toughed it out,” Bennett told reporters after the four-tries-to-three win.
“That was probably the most significant thing that’s happened to us since I’ve been at the club.
“We’ve been battling to win those games when it’s eight-all and we’re pretty flat, not at our best and making errors we shouldn’t be making.
“Good teams do that. Good Generic Levitra teams have days like we did today … I was really pleased with that.”
With the game evenly poised several times in the contest, it was only some sturdy defence from both sides that denied genuine try-scoring opportunities.
It was also a day to forget for goalkickers, with just 1 conversion going over all day – Tyrone Roberts the lone goal-kicker.
It was a different story for Bulldogs coach Des Hasler, who was left disappointed by his side’s performance as they slumped to their second straight loss.
“The start, coupled with a 68 per cent completion rate, it’s just not good enough,” Hasler said.
“That’s not going to win you a footy game.”
Mitch Brown and Frank Pritchard both left the field in the second half, though the Dogs are confident that the duo will be fit to take on the Storm next week.
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