Knights coach floored after knockout call

KNIGHTS coach Wayne Bennett believed referees Brett Suttor and Ashley Klein failed in their duty of care for Kyle O’Donnell by allowing play to continue after the rookie forward was knocked senseless in Newcastle’s 34-14 loss to South Sydney at ANZ Stadium yesterday.

O’Donnell, who played just nine minutes, was knocked out in a head clash when Rabbitohs prop Sam Burgess drilled the 21-year-old debutant with a shoulder charge.

Bennett did not suggest there was anything sinister in Burgess’s tackle, but said ‘‘if that’s not a reason to stop the game, then we’ll never have a reason’’.

Souths again exposed Newcastle’s physical frailty against the NRL’s heavy hitters as the Knights fell well short of a third straight win after victories over the last-placed Eels and out-of-sorts Tigers.

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