An NRL debut and his first try – Tex Hoy is experiencing some of the best moments football has to offer.
Hoy opened the scoring for Newcastle during the clash with the Cowboys on Saturday, signalling the side’s comeback attempt in the second half of what had begun as a nightmarish game for the squad.
“It was obviously a pretty special one, I’m going to remember that for a while, but disappointing we didn’t get the win after it,” Hoy told the Newcastle Weekly.
The Knights eventually went down 32-20, despite a flurry of tries in the second half.
Newcastle has been accused of starting slowly in many of its games this season.
The round seven clash was no different, with Hoy blaming a lack of drive for the side’s poor form in the first half.
“It’s just about having a slow start, we didn’t get off the kick off too well, but that’s just footy I guess, can’t do much about it just have to get back into the rhythm,” he said.
Hoy, who made his debut against the Penrith Panthers back in round three after being plucked from the NSW rugby league competition, is determined to maintain his impressive form.
“Obviously it’s a big step up compared to [the Canterbury Cup],” the 20-year-old said.
“It hasn’t been too bad, I’ve played off the bench a few times now so I’d like to get my minutes up to get that fitness and experience in there, but it’s been pretty good so far.”
Just last week, Knights coach Adam O’Brien told his team it wasn’t going as well as it thought.
Saturday’s clash proved that, with the Cowboys annihilating Newcastle in the first half, running in four unanswered tries.
But Hoy says there’s still a positive attitude among the camp as the Knights prepare for this weekend’s showdown with Manly.
“The feeling amongst the players is very good, we’ve obviously got a long way to go defensively and attacking wise as a team-building kind of thing,” he said.
“The boys are pretty tight but obviously footy-wise we have a fair way to go.
“We’ll just keep doing that.”
The Knights tackle Manly this Sunday 5 July at Central Coast Stadium from 4.05pm.