Brown backs Brock to regain form in reserves
Newcastle coach Nathan Brown is confident dropping Brock Lamb to the Intrust Super Premiership will help him get back to his best, physically and mentally.
The Knights mentor believes Lamb, who has started as five-eighth over the past two weeks while Connor Watson recovers from a shoulder injury, is down on confidence, but dropping to the reserves will allow him to improve his all-round game.
"He will probably play a bit of a different role back in the reserves," Brown said.
"He will probably play more a halfback on the ball role, as to playing a bit more right side in first grade, as Mitchell plays more right side on the ball. The [first grade] team needs to be picked more on form based."
Brown also rejects this decision spells the end of Lamb's future at the club.
Watson trained lightly with the team on Wednesday and is hopeful of a return in a fortnight's time, but in the meantime, it has opened the door for Jack Cogger to step into the No.6 jersey against the Wests Tigers on Saturday.
"Brock Lamb is a bit down on confidence at the moment and Jack has had a sensational pre-season," Brown said.
"Canterbury has obviously signed him, but we made sure that Jack knew that his form warranted him to get picked. So now he has got his chance and I am sure he will do well."
It will be the third five-eighth the Knights have used this season, and Shaun Kenny-Dowall believes Cogger will be up to the task in partnering Mitchell Pearce.
"He’s a very tough competitor and he fights pretty hard," the veteran winger said.
The match, which is a Tigers home game, will be played at Tamworth, and while the Knights will have local country-based support, they know it will not be easy against one of the Telstra Premiership's in-form sides.
Kenny-Dowall will also come up against former New Zealand teammate Benji Marshall, who has had a career revival this season since rejoining the Wests Tigers.
"It’s great to see him come into a bit of form," he said.
"He’s playing with a lot of confidence and playing with a very calm head and he is leading the boys around pretty well.”