HIS inexperience proved costly in Newcastle’s loss to Canterbury last weekend, but Knights five-eighth Brock Lamb showed maturity beyond his years on Wednesday by fronting the media and vowing to make amends.
The 20-year-old said he harboured no lingering doubts after Sunday’s shattering 20-18 defeat and would be ready to go against Brisbane at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
A fifth-tackle kick by Lamb in the 78th minute of the Bulldogs match allowed Moses Mbye to score the game-breaking try, but the Maitland-born playmaker said he’s learned from the crucial mistake and hopes to prove it was a one-off.
“Obviously it hurts,” Lamb said. “I want to see the fans happy and I want to see the boys celebrating a win.
Obviously it hurts ... but in saying that I’ve got another chance this weekend to turn it around.BROCK LAMB
“I had a million things going through my mind. I guess I’ve just got to back the first one. I probably should have just kicked into touch straight across in front of me.
“It did play a part in our loss that kick of mine, but in saying that I’ve got another chance this weekend to turn it around.”
Lamb had a chance to make up for the error when he took a penalty kick after full-time, which could have forced golden-point extra time, but shanked the shot well wide of the posts.
“That’s the sort of kick you want,” Lamb said.
“Unfortunately I just kicked a bit of the ground there and didn’t get the right kick away. I’ll learn from that and everyone has them in their careers, so I’m glad to get it over and done with and hopefully I can move forward.”
Lamb has been a mainstay in the Newcastle starting side this season, making 15 appearances in the halves.
He was dropped for the Wests Tigers match in round 17 and sent back to the Intrust Super Premiership, but viewed the game as his reserve-grade “debut” and was reinstated for the Bulldogs clash.
Knights players have rallied around the West Maitland junior this week and coach Nathan Brown put his faith in the 20-year-old on Tuesday, naming an unchanged line-up except for the inclusion of Queensland centre Dane Gagai.
Brisbane will be without regular backliners Corey Oates and Darius Boyd, who will miss the game through injury.
In their absence, Jamayne Isaako will debut on one wing and six-game rookie Jonus Pearson will play on the opposite flank.
The inexperienced edges will likely be targeted by the Knights.
“I just need to try and get my long kicking game on-point and test them out in the air a fair bit,” Lamb said.
“They’re all pretty strong ball carriers and they’re really good on their feet, so they’re going to be hard to handle.”