North Queensland coach Paul Green minimize a relieved determine on Saturday evening after snapping a three-game NRL shedding streak which had heaped strain on his place.
Every week after the Cowboys had been embarrassed by a 34-Zero first-half breakdown in opposition to the Wests Tigers, they piled on an unanswered 26 factors in the opening 40 minutes in opposition to the extremely fancied Newcastle in Townsville.
“Whenever people question your care for the club and the jersey, that’s what hurts the most, so the good thing about it was everyone owns last week’s performance,” Green stated after the 32-20 win over the Knights.
“The only way we were going to answer the criticism was on the paddock.”
Coming into the match, the Cowboys had not overwhelmed a top-eight facet, however had their eye on the Knights who had misplaced only one sport to Melbourne throughout the primary six rounds.
By distinction, North Queensland had been combating simply two wins, calling into query not solely Green’s place, however whether or not gamers had misplaced their passion for the membership.
Green stated the workers and taking part in group had collectively claimed duty for his or her performances and merely aimed to play for one another in opposition to the Knights.
“I’m extremely proud because a lot of people had a lot of questions over us and rightly so. Our performance was not acceptable last week but, if you really care, then where you show it is out on the paddock,” he stated.
“As I stated all week, it wasn’t about profitable or shedding. Newcastle is an efficient facet. We may play effectively and get overwhelmed by Newcastle.
“It wasn’t about ‘we have to win this week to indicate we care’ – it was about how we performed.
“I thought we showed desperation, urgency, willingness to pay a price for your teammate and that’s what we saw for most of the game.”
Halfback Jake Clifford had his finest sport in the Cowboys’ jersey, taking management of the kicking duties to arrange Kyle Feldt for a strive off a bomb and scoring one himself in the win.
And though star Jason Taumalolo dominated up entrance, Reece Robson, Tom Opacic and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow had been harmful across the ruck – the latter scoring his first NRL strive.