Jack’s stock is on the rise

Posted May 20th, 2019 by admin and filed in 南京夜网
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THERE were probably more spectacular tries in round one of the NRL season, but I doubt anyone gained more satisfaction from getting the ball over the stripe than Jack Stockwell.
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TRY TIME: Newcastle’s Jack Stockwell crashes over to score against the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

Front-rowers aren’t renowned for scoring many “meat pies” and in Jack’s case this was only the third of his 54-game career.

He certainly picked the ideal time to put his stamp on ourgame against the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium last Sunday.

Trailing 20-8 early in the second half, we desperately needed a special effort from someone, and the big fella kicked off our fightback, bursting onto a quick tap, finding a slight opening with some clever footwork, powering through two defenders and reaching out one-handed to touch down.

I reckon any prop in the NRL would have been proud to call that try his own.

For Jack, it was a reward for hard work, positive attitude willingness to learn and dedication to the club. These are the people you want to be playing with.

It has been well-documented that last season was a tough one for him, and the easy option might have been to try his luck at another club.

But he kept believing in himself, busted his backside during pre-season training and his performance against the Warriors was a bit of a statement.

He’s got some confidence under his belt now and hopefully he continues to build on that.

At 25, I’ve got no doubt his best football is still ahead of him and he can become one of the best big men in the competition.

His try gave us a massive lift on Sunday and suddenly we had all the momentum. I was lucky enough to add a couple of tries, which put us 22-20 in the lead after 66 minutes. From there we should have pushed on and won the game.

A couple of handling errors, a big kick-return from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, and before we knew it Ryan Hoffman had scored and the Warriors were back in front.

A lot of fans are telling us it was a brave effort, but much as their support is appreciated, we don’t deserve any pats on the back.

Last year we might have accepted that result. That’s not what we’re about this year. We want to start winning games, and not just every now and again, but consistently.

It needs to start on Saturday when we host Gold Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Our fans are the most loyal in the competition, and they have backed us for the past two seasons, no matter how tough things got.

They part with their hard-earned at the turnstiles, and our job is to repay that with 100 per cent desperate effort.

It will take 80 minutes of working together as a team for the victory, but we believe in ourselves, and getting to represent this great town is motivation enough. So be loud this weekend. Can’t wait to see you there.

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