In the midst of the Knights’ dominant showing in victory over Newcastle Thunder on Saturday evening, prop Ronan Dixon scored what, for him, was a pretty emotional try.
After missing out last time out against Workington, Dixon this week revealed that he lost a family member and dedicated his twentieth minute try to her.
“Sadly, my Nana passed away so I wasn’t able to make the game but all that has gone now and it’s happened, unfortunately.
“When I crossed on Saturday, it was a really special moment for me – that try was for her.”
Discussing how he felt the team performed throughout the 38-6 win at the LNER Community Stadium, Dixon backed up James Ford’s post-match assertion that it was perhaps the Knights’ best performance of 2022.
“I thought we were really strong across the board. We got off to a shaky start in our first set but, after that, we held them out for three consecutive sets on our line in the first five minutes.
“We then rolled them down the pitch and I thought that was brilliant. Our starting middles, especially Masi (Matongo) and Pauli (Pauli), were very good and guided us around the field really well.
“I don’t think anybody put a foot wrong and it was a good performance by the whole group.
Giving his thoughts on coming on to replace Pauli, Dixon admitted it makes his job a bit more straightforward.
“It makes it easy for me, really! I quite like that stint and I think it’s working well for us at the minute, us doing fifteen minutes apiece. You can see the damage that Pauli does against teams, he’s a real battering ram and softens up the opposition for when I come on.”
With six wins from eight at the start of this Betfred Championship season, Dixon is part of a group that is very much looking forward to the rest of the campaign.
“Confidence is high at the minute but we’re not going to get too ahead of ourselves because we’re always striving to be better.
“I think we’ve had a really strong start to the year and we’re in a good place with confidence growing week on week.
“Our performances are really showing that and we’re looking forward to taking it into the rest of the year.”
The Knights are back in action on Sunday and Dixon will be looking to line up as the team look for a fourth consecutive home win. Tickets are available now, priced at £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and FREE for under-16s and you can get yours online HERE.