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Pauli delighted with travelling support


In the midst of an enthralling Betfred Championship encounter at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium – one that saw the Knights triumph 4-10 over Batley Bulldogs – a moment of class towards the end of the match proved a gamebreaker.


With 71 minutes on the clock, Matty Marsh worked the ball to the left and found back-rower Pauli Pauli who promptly drew in our opponents’ centre and winger before flicking a superb offload out to winger Will Oakes to clinch the vital victory in West Yorkshire.


Discussing the thought process behind the moment, Pauli revealed: “I just try to communicate with my half and look at the numbers. If the numbers are right, I try to take those opportunities to set up tries for my teammates.”


The conditions, challenging for both teams, were replicated up and down the country on Sunday and the former NRL man admitted it was a challenge before pointing to how big the win was for the Knights.


“I’ve never played in anything like that before and it was my first time playing up hill, as well! It was difficult but, at the same time, I felt like I had more energy than I usually do.


“It was great, to be fair. We are trying to move up the ladder and it’s good to see the boys learning every week. It’s a step forward for us.”


Pauli also heralded the travelling Knights support that has taken the forward to their hearts in the early months of his time with the Knights.


“For them to come watch the game in those conditions, it really helps the players and gives us some more energy. We really appreciate the support every week!”


The Knights return to the LNER Community Stadium on Sunday, playing host to Leigh Centurions who, like James Ford’s team, have two Betfred Championship wins to their name after the first three rounds. Tickets are available now for the big match, priced at £20 for adults, £15 for concessions and FREE for under-16s.


Head to yorkcityknights.com/tickets to get yours or contact the York Stadium Management Company Ticket Office on 01904 942232.


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