Back-rower Beau Scott says the Knights needed a break after eight rounds to take stock of their poor start to the NRL season.
No club needed the representative break more than Newcastle.
After their stunning finals form last year, in which they upset Canterbury and Melbourne before falling to eventual premiers the Sydney Roosters, the Knights were expected to be a major NRL force in 2014.
But their early season form has been a letdown and the week’s break has given them the chance to take stock.
They struggled early on this year with injuries, however even with key players returning in recent weeks their form has fluctuated wildly.
A 30-0 thumping of Cronulla in round four was expected to kick start their season but they followed that up with a heavy 28-2 loss to North Queensland.
The Knights bounced back in round six with an impressive 26-12 away win over Canberra in playmaker Jarrod Mullen’s first game of the year after recovering from a hamstring injury only to succumb 32-6 to Brisbane at home the week after.
After eight rounds the Knights have collected the least amount of wins, two, alongside the Sharks.
Despite the Knights’ sluggish form, back-rower Beau Scott has been one of NRL’s form forwards and was rewarded with the Country captaincy.
The former NSW and Kangaroos representative says what the Knights have dished out so far in 2014 isn’t good enough.
“It’s not panic stations but it is not the ideal situation to put ourselves in this time of the year,” Scott said.
“There has been a bit of inconsistency, we have been playing really well one week and then not turning up the next.
“It is a good time to have a break, it is a two month block into the competition, everyone is starting to pick up a few knocks.
“It is a good chance to have a few days off as a club, freshen up and come back ready to go.
“It’s on us now, after the break we have to go back to training and get stuck in and kickstart things.
“We have Penrith at home next week which is a big game for us.”