Ballina's Grant Knight (No. 10) tries to side-step the Lismore defence in the Seahorses' 23-13 win at Quays Reserve.
Ballina's Grant Knight (No. 10) tries to side-step the Lismore defence in the Seahorses' 23-13 win at Quays Reserve. Marc Stapelberg

Knight impresses on field

GRANT Knight may only be 19 but he didn't look out of place in a Ballina Seahorses first-grade rugby union jumper at the weekend.

One of seven debutants in Ballina's 23-13 win over Lismore on Saturday, Knight was not overawed by the experience and will only get better and wiser, according to coach Craig Beare.

"He has guys outside him and inside him who will keep him level-headed and keep him focused on what he has to do," Beare said.

"Grant is still eligible for the under-19s and up and until a few weeks ago (he) was going to be playing 19s.

"But I was pretty adamant that he was going to play first grade.

"He's good enough as we saw - he runs the ball and has strength.

"Once he gets that balance between distribution and running the ball, he's got a great kicking game, a good head on him, and let teams target him - he has the answers."

Knight plays at five-eighth but could also be considered a No 8, said Beare.

The teenager's physical build ensures that while the burly forwards may make him a target, as one did on Saturday, he has the ability to mix it in the engine room.

"You could almost think he's an eight (No.8) the way he takes the ball into contact," Beare said.

"And as the season progresses, he will get more experience playing in first grade and more belief.

"Although he's a very confident guy at the moment - and that's not over-confidence - he just believes in what he can do, so he's going to be good for us."

Knight had a rush of blood at the quarter-hour mark and was sent to the sin bin for running into a melee but on his return to the field he set up the Seahorses' first try.

The forwards were close to a pushover try but at the breakdown the ball came out for Knight who delivered a long pass to fullback Rick Randall who in turn sent winger Luke Walting over in the corner.

"I was real nervous at the start but then got the feel of the ball and got used to it," Knight told The Northern Star.

"I kinda got down on myself when I got sent off and came back on, and that (the try) happens ... I wanted to make it up (to the boys) and it (the pass) landed perfect so it's all good."



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