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With both teams searching for a positive result following losses in Round 9, the assistants expect a big match at Hunter Stadium.

“What do you think the team needs to do do get a win against the Tigers?” Sandercock asked Buderus.

Buderus responded, “It's early in my coaching career and I feel under the blowtorch a little bit.

“You’ve been doing this for a long time and it's never a fun situation where you are losing consecutive games.

“I’ve been a player in this situation and there’s no substitute to just tearing and ripping in as an attitude thing and it will come.

“When it does come, hopefully it will be backed up by another good performance, then the next thing you know you will be two or three wins into the year.

“It’s a defensive attitude that you need to bring and just working on everything that you need to scrap and fight for us to win this game on Sunday.

“We need a big crowd there to be the 18th man for us and to get that chant going to break these five games, because it’s not fun.”

With a number of changes to the line-up, Sandercock asked how the team is shaping up for Sunday's match.

“Obviously there’s forced change with Jarrod’s (Mullen) toe injury,” Buderus said.
“I’ve had a toe injury myself and it’s never pleasant, it’s a painful injury.

“Kurt will go to five-eighth)and he’ll be better for the run and (Dane) Gags will go into fullback again and he will be better for the run after last week and so will Sione (Mata’utia).

“There are a magnitude of changes there, but they will be better for the experience that they have last week and I’m sure there will be a bit more potency.”

“The defensive side of things will be important for all three players and having Beau Scott back.

“This will be his second game back, so it all makes for a good game and an even contest going into Sunday.

“They will be looking to throwing the ball around and I’m sure we will too."
The assistants turned focus to analyse the Tigers line-up and who the Knights need to watch.(Martin) Taupau is someone that is highly dynamic at the moment and we saw what he did in that test,” Buderus said.

“(Kyle) Lovett, the right back rower, I think he’s someone that does a lot of work for them and evens that pack out.

“(James) Tedesco and his speed around the ruck and chasing those balls will be important for us.

“A quarter of their tries have been from kicks this year and that’s a phenomenal stat, so that’s a big challenge for us this week.”

It’s a triple-header at Hunter Stadium on Sunday with the day kicking off with the Knights NSW Cup side at 11.45am.

Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers

Gates open: 11.30am
NSW Cup: 11.45am
NYC: 1.45pm
NRL: 4pm
Venue: Hunter Stadium