Woolford wants 80 minute performance from ISP

nib Newcastle Knights Reserve Grade coach Simon Woolford admits one point is better than none, following his side’s Round 1 draw against the Blacktown Workers on Friday.

Woolford said while he was happy with the first half which saw the Knights 12 points ahead, the second half was their downfall.

“We didn’t make life easy for ourselves in the second half,” said Woolford.

“We did well in the first half but things just didn’t go our way in the second half and we couldn’t get any real momentum so they just steamrolled through us.

“We just didn’t quite have the gas but credit to the boys for finding a try late and then to actually hit the lead again, that was the real positive of the second half.

“At the end of the day, it’s one point, it’s better than nothing.”

The ISP coach said a few niggling injuries hampered their efforts.

“Tom Hughes battled through the whole game with an ankle problem so just one of those days where we came up a little bit short,” he explained.

“Jack Cogger was great, Luke Yates was great and we put Sam Stone in the centres early when Nick Meaney came off.

“He did a fantastic job for us so there were some good performances there but just defensively we let ourselves down a little bit which was the disappointing.

“It is Round 1 and we’ve got plenty to work on.”

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