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Knights lift after slow start to Storm clash

The Newcastle Knights have admitted they’ve learned from their 26-12 loss to the Melbourne Storm on Saturday.

Edrick Lee, who crashed over with the side’s second try of the match, told the Newcastle Weekly the squad needs to up the pace in the opening half if they want to be in contention for a win against Brisbane on Thursday night.

It follows criticism of a slow start against Melbourne.

“We were zapped of energy or something, we will rectify it now and if it happens again I’m sure we will respond better than we did,” Lee said.

“It just started off very fast and we took a while to get into the game.

“We took out of it to start fast, hold the ball and make sure our completion rate is up.”

Forward Herman Ese’ese also told the Newcastle Weekly Newcastle’s performance in the first half was sub-par.

“I think we just started off pretty slow and, coming into the Broncos, we are focusing on starting fast and strong,” he said.

Despite having such a short rest period this week, the squad feels it will be well prepared for Thursday night’s clash.

“We have a tight turnaround and we have been doing a lot of recovery so we are feeling great,” Ese’ese said.

Coming off the back of a tough season, the prop said his goal of being in the starting squad every week is one he’s sticking to.

“Even coming off the bench, whatever is best for the team, Adam [O’Brien] knows me well and I trust him to make the right choice,” he said.

“I’m just trying to take one game at a time and Adam and the coaching staff have been helpful and I want to keep my head down and keep working hard.

“ I’m really happy at the moment and I’m happy to be playing good footy.”

The Knights kick off round six against Brisbane at 7.50pm on Thursday.

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