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When you've lost seven straight matches it would be easy to assume confidence is down, but centre Dane Gagai insists the team's self belief remains high heading into Monday night's crucial clash against North Queensland.

While the Knights have struggled to build momentum this season for a number of reasons, Gagai says spirits within the camp remain high.

"No it’s not confidence," Gagai told reporters after training on Friday.  

"The boys are going out there and giving it there all. Like the Roosters game we went out there and stuck it to them.

"We were in it in the first half and then it just came down to execution, but we are not lacking any confidence.

"All the boys were our there enjoying the session today, so it’s just execution." 

Helping the Knights' chances of victory over the Cowboys will be the return of Origin duo Beau Scott and Darius Boyd.

Gagai says both players bring plenty of class and composure to the side, especially under pressure when the match is there to be won.  

"They are definitely two key players in our team," he says. 

"Beau has been outstanding for us throughout the whole year and also in the Origin matches, so it’s going to be good to have such an impact forward back in our group.

"Then to have Darbs out the back given the way he has been playing will also be good for us outside backs to hopefully score a few tries."  

Cowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston is expected to back-up after Wednesday's Origin, but Gagai insists the Knights can't focus all their attention on the Test star.  

"Everyone knows how good Thurston is and we are obviously going to have to do a job out there to contain him," he says.

"But we can’t just focus on one person, because it’s the whole team that wins a game."