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NRL: Knights coach demands response

Newcastle Knights coach Adam O’Brien says there can be no feeling sorry for themselves as they attempt to bounce against Melbourne Storm.

The Knights are priced at 5/1 to make the top eight but they were hammered by the Parramatta Eels in front of over 25,000 fans last Sunday.

Storm test

Now O’Brien’s men have to face a Melbourne Storm side who are flying high once again and put 70 points on the New Zealand Warriors on Anzac Day.

O’Brien says they are well aware what they will be up against and will not shy away from the challenge.

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“We know what sort of team is coming into town,” O’Brien told reporters ahead of the game. “If we sit there and think that the mountain’s not conquerable then it won’t be.

“Regardless of who we play, we need to rectify what happened on our home ground last week. We’ve just got to get us right.”

Poor run of form

Following an impressive start, Newcastle have now lost their last five games on the bounce but the try-less defeat against the Eels in front of a large home crowd stung.

“There’s still a fair bit of hurt in the room,” O’Brien added. “We can sit around feeling sorry for ourselves or we can get on with it. That’s what tough people do, they get on with it.

“It was only three or four weeks ago that we had a team that everybody was talking about,” he said. “This week’s about trying to get that back.”

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