Newcastle has one foot in the finals, but they’ll only be making up the numbers in September if they don’t find a way to fix their issues in attack.
The Knights scrapped their way to an ugly 22-16 win over the Bulldogs to move four points clear of the seventh-placed Sharks, but the top teams won’t fear them after one of the most uninspiring matches of the year.
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“I don’t know if we need breathing space,” Adam O’Brien said of his side’s ladder position.
“We need to get better and we need to add layers to our game, and in particular our attack.
“We’ve got some work to do, no doubt. But we’ve got the guys in the room that I believe in.”
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