Knights need leaders says coach

15 May 2021 12:21:15 GMTPlus10

Newcastle coach Adam O'Brien has demanded his leaders start to step up to the plate after the Knights were beaten 36-18 by Wests Tigers.

The Knights win-loss record sits at 4-6 following the Magic Round loss at Suncorp Stadium and they are priced at 81.00 to go on and win the NRL grand final.

O'Brien was far from happy with the performance against a Tigers side that has had their own issues this season and it is clear his patience has finally run out.

The Knights coach felt his side were outmuscled throughout the defeat and it is time for them to stand up and be counted.

"The leaders need to lead; their No.1 job isn't to walk around the joint talking about the performance, it's to perform," O'Brien said after the game.

"I'm just really disappointed; in the physical parts of the game we were just beaten to the punch and beaten up in that first half with and without the ball, just manhandled.

"We've got to find a way in this club to learn how to win again and what it takes week in, week out and that sits with me."

Just to make matters worse the Knights will be without a number of players next week when they look to bounce back against North Queensland.

Hymel Hunt picked up a hamstring injury while Sauaso Sue is likely to be out with concussion after failing his HIA following a knock to the head.

Mitchell Barnett and Kurt Mann were also placed on report and could be looking at suspensions.

There is better news though as Blake Green (ribs), Kalyn Ponga (groin) and Brayden Musgrove (ribs) could all return.

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