Anthony Tupou sees familiar signs in Newcastle Knights rebuild

Anthony Tupou sees familiar signs in Newcastle Knights rebuild

VETERAN: Anthony TupouKNIGHTS forward Anthony Tupou said he doesn’t need to tell his young teammates what they should do to helprebuilda club.

He can already see them doing it.

Tupou, 34, comes up against the Roosters, a team he played 111 games for, on Friday night. He also played 125 matches for the Sharks and said “I experienced the highs and the lows” at both clubs.

“I have experience, especially at the Sharks, trying to rebuild and I’ve seen them slowly grow from being at the bottom of the table and getting better and better eachyear until the ended up winning it,” Tupou said. “I can see similarities here with these young blokes and their great attitudes and they are willing to put in. They’ve got all that. They’ve just got to stick with it, we all do.”

*NEWCASTLE’S under-16s will enter the Harold Matthews play-offs as the team to beat after finishing as runaway minor premiers.

Undefeated in eight games, the young Knights racked up 364 points and conceded only 106.

They play Illawarra Steelers in the qualifying final at Hammondville Oval at 12pm on Saturday.

Newcastle’s under-18s missed the SG Ball finals after winning only three of their qualifying rounds.

*KNIGHTS under-20s coach Todd Lowrie will promote “about five or six”players from SG Ball into his squad.

Lowrie’s troops won their third game of the year, 22-12 against the Bulldogs, last weekend.They are eighth on the ladder and play the Roosters, who are seventh, on Friday.

*AFTER three successive wins, Newcastle’s NSW Cup side have climbed into the top six and will be looking to build on that when they play struggling Blacktown Workers on Saturday.