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Powerful Penrith centre Jamal Idris has rediscovered his spark in recent weeks and the Knights must keep him quiet.  

That's the opinion of hard working forward Robbie Rochow in the lead-up to Sunday's crucial clash against the Panthers at Hunter Stadium. 

Rochow got a close up look of Idris at his barnstorming best in Country camp last weekend and he insists the Knights need to be on guard to contain him.   

"Whatever edge Jamal plays on, we’ll do a bit of video on him and we’ll have to prepare for him because he is a handful," Rochow stresses.

"But Penrith have got a good forward pack and a strong backline, so we are going to have a big one this week."

Rochow says he loved his maiden taste of representative football with Country. 

He believes he has benefited big time from the week in Dubbo and hopes to use that knowledge and confidence at the Knights in the coming weeks.   

“I really enjoyed the whole week," he says.

“The game was intense, but it’s kind of got that relaxed atmosphere as well.

“And playing with a different set of players was a really good experience.

“It was just a good change up to realise that we are doing everything right here.

“We played well for Country, the team played really well and there is no different principals to what we play each week.

“I believe just getting that bit of experience around a different environment was really good for me."

Rochow, meanwhile, has backed the Country-City concept as a vital part of the rugby league calendar.  

"I really valued the game for my own experience and obviously the country towns," he says.

"I believe Dubbo got a lot out of it. We visited a lot of schools, we got a good crowd and their facilities were great.

"I think everything about it was a good experience, so it has definitely got a place in our game."

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