When the name Craig Gower comes to mind, you probably immediately think of his time at the Penrith Panthers but in 2013, you associate his name with the Newcastle Knights and it was the veteran who provided some solid spark at a crucial time to guide the Knights to a win against his former club.
With a clash against the high-flying Roosters awaiting them next week, Gower believes that the Knights – a side full of immense talent – can be finals contenders.
“Definitely. I can’t say what happened before but the feeling I get, there’s a lot of strike power in this team,” said Gower.
“It’s about 17 blokes playing to their potential week in, week out and I think we’re starting to get the gist of that now.”
Gower’s try was all about desperation and commitment, an effort that had Knights coach Wayne Bennett pleased.
“Only Craig Gower scores that try,” Bennett said.
“He wanted it bad enough and threw himself at the ball on Cialis Online the line there.
“I thought it was typical of his desperation.”
With a potential top four spot an option, Bennett said the key is just finishing the season somewhere in the top eight.
“Our major priority here right now is to be in the top eight and be playing well at the end of the football season,” said Bennett.
“After that it doesn’t matter where you finish.”
It was all downhill for the Panthers just before the break, as the club found themselves heading into half-time behind on the scoreboard when they perhaps should have been in front.
“It was a disappointing try before half-time, I thought,” said Cleary.
“We had every right to go into the break leading. The second half they just dominated possession and didn’t make any errors.”
“They were just coming up with the 50/50 calls – plays you know – they just tended to win them and that’s how the game went.
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