Teenage Best proves clutch in Knights win

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Newcastle coach Adam O'Brien has praised the work ethic of teenage NRL star Bradman Best after the young centre produced two clutch moments in the Knights' win on Friday.

The 19-year-old brushed off concerns of an ankle injury to produce two try-assists, a line-break and 113 running metres to terrorise Warriors centre Peta Hiku in the Knights' 20-16 win in Gosford.

A stunning flick pass and then an inside ball while falling handed Hymel Hunt a double, with Knights coach Adam O'Brien saying it is just a glimpse at Best's developing ability.

"I'd like to think at his age he's got a whole lot more improvement in him," O'Brien said.

"The thing that I will say, usually with young talented guys, you have to be constantly on top of them to get their preparation right and keeping their hunger.

"I don't have to do that with this kid.

"What you see out there in a game and how focused he looks, that's what he's like on Monday morning when he rolls into the joint.

"He's just determined young man and I'm really fortunate to be able to coach him."

Best's two moments were the difference for the Knights with Hunt's last try with four minutes on the clock stealing the win.

Warriors coach Nathan Brown handed Best his NRL debut with the Knights back in 2019 and couldn't help but marvel too.

"He's very dangerous Braddy, you saw what he can come up with and thankfully with the new rules of the game centres can get a lot of one-on-ones now and Braddy in those zones is quite dangerous," he said.

"We needed to be better, but some days the opposition are a bit better in the one-on-one situations and tonight Braddy came up with it."

The win has given the Knights a perfect start to the NRL season as they look towards hosting Wests Tigers on Sunday, which will mark Mitchell Pearce's 300th NRL game.

"It's a really special one, 300. It's unreal," O'Brien said.

"I'm really looking forward to the week, he deserves this, he deserves the guys to rally around him, which I know they will.

"We'll have him ready.

"It's not so much about Mitchell's performance at the end of that week, it'll be everyone else around him, including myself, to make sure we do our jobs and make this as memorable as we can for him."