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Mullen spurs Knights to crucial win=2

It is a concept which two months ago seemed completely farcical given Newcastle's standing on the ladder, but Wayne Bennett's remarkable streak of making the finals every year since 1992 could remain intact
Mullen spurs Knights to crucial win=2
by NRL

It is a concept which two months ago seemed completely farcical given Newcastle's standing on the ladder, but Wayne Bennett's remarkable streak of making the finals every year since 1992 could remain intact.

The master coach himself refused to be drawn on the likelihood of stealing seventh or eighth spot.

"You just want to be playing well at this end of the season and we're doing that," he said.

"The rest of it gives us the best chance we've got.

"I've been in that many situations at this time of year, I can tell you about every experience.

"But the experience I enjoy most is (having) your teams playing well at the right end of the season ... and right now we're playing good football.

"Whether it's good enough to get us there, I'm not sure.

"But I'm pleased to be in the position we're in."

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and captain Paul Gallen said Mullen's kicking game was the difference in the match, while Bennett and Knights' skipper Danny Buderus praised his running and passing game - highlighting the No.6's dominant all-round performance.

As for whether the Sharks can make the finals Flanagan said: "If we win another game we'll be in there.

"If we win a couple more, we'll be near that top four."


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