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Robbie Rochow line-break vs Sharks

Robbie Rochow knows the Knights haven't lived up to expectations thus far in 2014, but the hard working back-rower remains confident the team has what it takes to turnaround their season.

Speaking after training on Thursday, Rochow admitted he has been surprised by the Club's sluggish start to the year with only one win in the opening five weeks.

The Maitland-born forward concedes the Knights let themselves down with a poor display against North Queensland on Monday night, but has faith his side can hit back against the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday afternoon.

"It has been a tough start and I didn’t see it coming," Rochow says.

"But we’ve definitely got a side that can turn it around and I’m, not too worried about it.  

"We had our review this morning, so it wasn’t the prettiest of reviews.

"We know we didn’t perform the way that we should, so we had time to reflect on that this morning.

"You can’t play that good one week and then like that on Monday night and have too many serious problems.

"We know what we’ve got to do, but we just went away from it up in Townsville.

"You can look at a million reasons for why that happened, but we’ve got a job to do this week and we know we can perform.

"It’s not too much that we need to fix."

In the aftermath of Monday's loss against the Cowboys, Rochow says coach Wayne Bennett has made his expectations clear to the playing group.    

"I've seen Wayne angrier, but he was pretty disappointed," he says.

"He didn’t have too much to say to us and I guess there isn’t much.

"We looked at it today and we know what we have to do better and he has made sure we are all well aware of our positions and that we all need to individually play better. 

"You always have to compete for positions. That’s what makes good teams.

"He knows that some individuals are not performing as well as others and he’ll make sure they are aware of that and they have to better themselves."

When it comes to performing, Rochow believes he hasn't reached his potential in the opening rounds. 

It's why he is determined as ever to put in a strong showing against Canberra at GIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

"I don’t feel like I’ve played my best footy, no," he says frankly.

"Defensively I didn’t play that well on Monday night and I know I’m a lot better than what I played.

"I don’t think there is too much that I need to change, it’s more about attitude and intent from me.

"Now I’ve got to do more at training to make sure I’m consistently playing better and making sure my contact is better."

Asked if the Knights can take anything out of their close 26-20 loss against the Raiders in Round 2, Rochow said the team needed to just focus on their own performance.  

"I don’t think we need to look back at too many games at the moment," he says.

"I think if we improve ourselves and worry about our own performance this week, I don’t think the Raiders are our challenge this week.

"I think we have to make sure we are right, prepared well for this week and play the best footy we can."