Rochow embraces finals challenge
Thursday 12 September 2013 2:32 PM
Newcastle Knights forward Robbie Rochow is looking forward to the challenge of playing in Sunday's elimination final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
Playing finals adds to his already stellar season. After returning to the Knights in season 2012, the second-rower hasn't missed a game in 2013.
“It is really exciting, obviously I am one of the few forwards in this team that hasn’t experienced finals,” he said.
“I am happy with the year so far but you have to play in the big games to really test yourself and that is what I am looking forward to.”
The Knights will take an experienced team in to Sunday’s final at ANZ Stadium, with Darius Boyd, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith and Neville Costigan having all starred in premiership winning teams.
“I think we have a lot of experience, a lot of players who know how to win big games and there is a lot on the line for us,” the 22-year-old said.
“I really think we will rise to the occasion and hopefully we can execute a lot better than we have week in, week out through the year.
“And I think we can take a bit of confidence in to the game.”
After Sunday’s Round 26 win over the Parramatta Eels, coach Wayne Bennett revealed that a meeting mid-way through the season was the catalyst for the side’s strong run home. In the final eleven weeks, the Knights went on to win seven, draw one and lose three to finish the season in seventh place.
“I think that meeting really set in stone what we wanted to do each week and how we needed to perform to get to this point to play finals football,” the Maitland junior said.
“We did consistently play better in the last eight weeks of the competition and that is what you want going in to the finals so I guess that meeting helped."
The Knights finalise their preparations for Sunday’s final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Sydney, with the team holding their final (open) training session at St Joey’s College in Hunter’s Hill.
Meanwhile, utility Craig Gower got clearance from the surgeon to resume training. He wasted no time and trained on Thursday afternoon.