After a brilliant comeback win against Canberra, the Newcastle Knights suffered a horrendous 36-18 loss to Wests Tigers to kick off Magic Round in Brisbane.
Saturday night saw 22,172 fans packed out at Marathon. The Knights ran on the field ready to take on the Sydney Roosters.
The Roosters ran to a 20-0 lead in just as many minutes and went on to thump the Knights comfortably 38-4. Before I go on, I just want to congratulate Brett Morris on his exceptional career and it’s a shame he had to finish his career that way with a ruptured ACL.
That to me was the most horrible experience I have ever had at that stadium watching the Knights play. It was a nightmare I won’t be forgetting any time soon. I prefer my usual nightmares with Freddie Krueger.
As for Adam O’Brien, he said it in the press conference that we are not the same team we were last year and I have to agree. We may not have Mitchell Pearce as he’s out injured but we still got a team with well experienced players who know how to win.
I firmly believe AOB is the right man for the job. We can’t keep changing coaches and think like this, since 2012 the Wests Tigers have had seven coaches and let’s count all times they made the finals from 2012-2020…..okay we’re done.
Adam O’Brien is trying to bring the winning culture back to the Newcastle Knights and that takes time. He spent a decade being Craig Bellamy’s understudy so he does know how to do it.
Now if we take a look from 2016-2021, we have to take look between Nathan Brown and AOB. Nathan Brown’s goal was to rebuild the Newcastle Knights and that’s what he did. As for AOB, his goal is to transition them into having a winning culture.
In our glory days, that what he had a winning culture in which it saw us winning two premierships, consistently making the finals and making Marathon a fortress. Remember the days when it was a feared stadium to travel to? The opposition knew that they were in for a war and that’s what we game them.
The Knights and the town of Newcastle have the same DNA. You couldn’t mention Newcastle without mentioning the Knights.
Us fans do want success now and I know that winning the grand final means everything. However, we have got a long way to go. I know I said we’re a top four team and on paper we are but on the field, we need to prove it. However, as tough as it is to say, I think we’re going to make 5-8.
The idea to build a winning culture after so many years of rebuilding will take its time. We can’t just expect it to happen overnight.