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NRL: Injuries stack up for Knights

Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien is sweating on the fitness of some key players but did not use that as an excuse for the way his side played in the defeat to Manly.

The Knights are out to finish in the top eight of the NRL this season but suffered a setback when losing to the Sea Eagles at a wet and windy McDonald Jones Stadium on Thursday night.

Injury issues

The Knights went down 30-6 but it was a much closer contest than the scoreline would suggest. They were also not helped by a number of injuries throughout the game.

Halfback Adam Clune picked up a deep cork to his left knee, winger Dominic Young needs a scan for a right knee strain, and prop Jirah Momisea also dislocated his elbow during the game.

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Star fullback Kalyn Ponga also had a spell off the field with concussion before returning and it all contributed to a disjointed performance by the Knights.

Trailing 10-0 at halftime they hit back with the first try of the second half and looked to be on top before Manly ran away with it and O’Brien was in no mood for excuses.

O’Brien disappointed

Although he will have concerns over some of his injured stars.

"We fought hard to get back into the game in the second period but then undid everything with some ill-discipline," O'Brien. Told reporters after the game.

"So I won't and the guys won't be giving the excuse of personnel and injuries. There's some stuff we clearly need to get better and Manly gave us some lessons on how to manufacture tries in the wet."

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