Korbin sends older brothers packing
It is any younger brother's dream to get a win over your older siblings in any way possible and when it comes to rugby league very few siblings have battled it out at the top level like the Sims brothers.
Promising Knights prop Korbin Sims claimed bragging rights in the Sims household come Christmas time following the Knights' victory over the Cowboys and Korbin's older brothers Ashton and Tariq on Monday night.
Having been on the wrong end of an annihilation at the hands of the Cowboys in Round 5, Korbin emerged out of the sheds on Monday night a happy man after getting one over his brothers. At one point Korbin managed to blatantly steal the ball from Ashton, positioning Newcastle in good territory to set up Dane Gagai's second try of the game.
"It was a pretty bad loss [the last time we played] but it was good to come up against them tonight," Korbin told NRL.com. "When we play each other we always play hard and that's the way it's always been. We play hard, our family, so it was good to get a win over them especially in Newcastle as well.
"There's always a bit of niggle there too but nothing over the top. They're not stupid football players so they know if they do too much in the ruck they'll give away a penalty and I'm the same, but it was good to get a couple of contacts with them."
With the youngest Sims given the opportunity to start for only the third time this season after David Fa'alogo was ruled out of the game with back spasms, Wayne Bennett showed an immense amount of faith in the 22-year-old and he didn't let his Knights mentor down after producing 127 metres and 22 tackles in just over a half of football.
"I was really happy with the first 20-minute stint and it's awesome to start the game alongside Willie Mason – he's just a hard dude and I love playing with him and he just gives off so much energy and I just feed off him," Sims said.
"It's a different mentality to start a game. When you start a game you have to muscle up and really get over the top of the other team and get the ball rolling with some nice hard runs and just setting up plays so we can get on the back of that."
While the Gerringong junior has been playing his best season in the NRL to date with 10 appearances to his name this season, his initial call-up to the team earlier in the year came at a cost.
"I have a lot to work on. No-one is ever cemented in this side and I'm definitely not one of them. I'm just trying to play some good footy and I'm really happy that Wayne has showed me some faith and kept me in the team," Sims said.
"Unfortunately I was called up after Alex McKinnon went down in Melbourne so he's been a great help to me. I was chatting to him last night and it was good that we could finally celebrate a win for him. Although he's not here we'll be celebrating a win for him."
With the likes of Fa'alogo and Kade Snowden set to return for the Knights against Parramatta Eels next weekend, Sims' role in the starting side may be short-lived. But with a win over his brothers under his belt the only way is up this season for Sims and the Knights.