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It didn’t take long for Newcastle to cross the line on Saturday – just three minutes in fact – but that’s all it took for the Rabbitohs to be jolted into action at ANZ Stadium on their way to a 52-6 demolition of the Knights according to Chris McQueen.

According to the Queenslander, ‘refocusing’ on the immediate job at hand following Newcastle’s opening points was the theme at the red and green huddle.

“I guess we just talked about re-focussing and worrying about our next job which was the kick-off and just getting back into the grind,” said McQueen.

“I think we hit back pretty quick and after that we got a bit of a roll on I think.”

McQueen was in fine form playing at lock on Saturday night – the versatile player breaking four tackles during the match as his side systematically de-constructed the Knights. For McQueen, his side’s strong defence was the key.

“It’s obviously good to get a big score,” admitted McQueen.

“But I think keeping them to six points – they scored early but from that second minute they didn’t score another try which I guess is the most pleasing thing for us.”

Now with a near full complement of players at their disposal, McQueen is excited to be heading into Round 21 against the Panthers and building on the Club’s recent run of form.

“Obviously we’ve got all of our players back on the field now,” enthused McQueen.

“We’ve had plenty of injuries, we’ve had boys in and out with Origin, so to have our full team back and I guess have an opportunity to build towards the end of the year is always pleasing.”


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