Crushed in his last recreation as St George Illawarra coach by a golden-position field aim, it was a circumstance of deja vu for Wayne Bennett as he endured a equivalent fate in the first match in cost of Newcastle versus his previous NRL club.
A Jamie Soward 1-pointer with much less than 25 seconds of the initial period of time of added-time remaining, sealed a 15-14 win for the Dragons and gave rookie mentor Steve Value a successful start in front of a crowd of practically 30,000 in Newcastle.
Even with the closeness of the scoreline, Bennett was much from impressed with his new side’s display, citing “work and health and fitness” as the most encouraging facet of their functionality.
The veteran mentor, who is seeking to become the initial man to win a premiership with 3 diverse clubs, mentioned the Knights were really much “a work in progress” and the overall performance had similarities to his initial sport at the Dragons in opposition to Melbourne in 2009.
“We acquired conquer by Melbourne in my very first sport at the Dragons and it had all the similarities to tonight,” he explained.
“It was 17-sixteen and a area goal in golden point that conquer us.
“I nevertheless bear in mind how we played that night time, lots of courage, we had a dig and it was the exact same with these blokes.
“We did not have the class that Melbourne had, but by the end of the yr we did and it was a operate in progress like it is the following.”
Timana Tahu, on his 2nd debut for the Knights, was placed on report for employing his knees towards Matt Prior midway by means of the second 50 percent, but Bennett said the decision was a harsh a single.
“I assume a penalty was sufficient, there was a bit of silliness out there all around the deal with and you see that all the time and generally just a penalty is granted,” he mentioned.
Price tag said he was happy of his team’s work as he chalked up a maiden win as a NRL mentor towards his former boss.
The 34-12 months-previous was Bennett’s No.two at the Dragons very last yr and paid tribute to his players’ character in seeing out the game in golden stage.
“We’re very joyful with the team efficiency, we played some fantastic footy in the first fifty percent in specific,” Price stated.
“Every solitary player was happy to put on the Red V and I am extremely happy of them all.”
Dragons skipper Ben Hornby saluted the kicking of Soward, who kicked a few goals in addition to his winning discipline objective.
“There were a few of anxious moments, but we set it up and gave Jamie the likelihood to kick the purpose,” Hornby said.
“His kicking was fantastic and he is often there. He kicked a single from the sideline and it truly is fantastic to have somebody like that in your team.”
Price said he was unconcerned that he facet had been published off, and stated he was content for people to ignore them as premiership challengers.
“The Steel is even now there, and we confirmed that tonight,” he said.
“We are a new-look group and it is going to consider time. There have been some genuinely excellent moments and we can only get better.”