MATCH REPORT

Knights co-captain Daniel Saifiti brought back memories of his days in Terrigal almost 20 years ago and celebrated his 100th NRL game with a series of tries as his team beat Canterbury 32:16 on Friday night

The 24-year-old NSW frontrower stormed in the ninth and 48th Minute to scoring and achieved a dominant performance running 19 times 174 yards and completing 27 tackles to help the Knights end a six-game game, losing to the Bulldogs at home

“Maybe under 8 at Terrigal Sharks, I’m not sure I honestly can’t tell you,” Saifiti said when asked if he remembered the last time he met twice / p>

Before a sold out lot of 19With 555 spectators under COVID-19 seat restrictions of 75 percent in a game that started in heavy rain, the Knights celebrated their first win over the Bulldogs in Newcastle since 2013

Conference location:
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Knights coach Adam O’Brien was delighted with the performance of Saifiti and Newcastle’s other co-captain Jayden Brailey, who also stood out in his first game in almost a year

“I’ve never done this, never been a team captain, and it’s special for ‘Adzy’ [O’Brien] to pick me from all the guys and something I don’t take lightly is it also”still pretty crazy thinking about it The win was just cherry on top, pretty much”

O’Brien said Saifiti and Brailey had led by example at key stages in a game where the Knights twice recovered from early deficits

“We had a highlight video yesterday and it had too many tries for my liking, but he went out and got two tonight

“He’s so present when he walks into the room the guys are usually pretty quiet trying to judge what mood he’s in, but he just has everyone’s respect and that’s what you get with the guy want who goes out first “

Brailey played his first game since an ACL rift against West’s Tigers almost 12 months ago He played every 80 minutes and made 50 tackles without mistakes

The former Sharks whore provided the final pass for Saifiti’s second attempt, using Daniel’s twin Jacob as a decoy, and combined Saifiti’s first with Mitchell Pearce

“I was really happy to see him [Brailey] play footy again after the process,” said O’Brien

“Then, in the early stages of the second half, both teams were there in a kind of ding-dong, and the big boys found some momentum with fast-paced ball play and Jayden was straight

“He just got out and decided to run – I thought he was much more decisive in the second half with his running game – but for 80 minutes, right in the middle, he did a really good job”

A knee injury to Kurt Mann, who was sidelined for a month on a suspected medial ligament injury, and a sprained ankle to center Bradman Best made the win shine a bit

O’Brien expects he will be without a husband for at least the next few weeks, but said he replaced Best as a precaution and did not believe the injury to the block-breaking young center was too severe

Watson, returning from a torn Achilles who had suffered against the Bulldogs last July, suffered a shock when he slowly got to his feet early in the second half, but he proved his fitness by showing speed and desperation showed to launch an attempt-saving attack on Sione Katoa in the 79 Minute

O’Brien was pleased with Newcastle’s determination in defense, especially after they collapsed in their final games last year, culminating in a 46:20 loss to Souths in the first week of the finals

“It was a tough accomplishment and we knew it had to be Then losing Kurt early would make things even more difficult, so we showed a lot of grit

“Without going back too much to last year, we didn’t end the way we wanted – not just the last game, the last three – but I thought we showed a lot of defensive determination there tonight , and that’s what it takes”We value the most”

Newcastle Knights

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Source: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/03/12/saifiti-marks-milestone-with-five-star-performance/