With a number of the opposition out due to Origin duties, Newcastle Knights prop Kade Snowden says the Brisbane Broncos will have a point to prove at Hunter Stadium this Monday night.
“They are up the top of the ladder, and with Wayne (Bennett) as a coach we have to be on our game no matter who he has in the team,” Snowden told the media on Wednesday.
“They will be coming here to win."
With the Broncos holding a tradition of maintaining form while missing representative players, the Knights are determined to assert themselves at Hunter Stadium.
“Wayne will have them revved up, so if we think we are going out for an easy game, they are going to put points on us and we are going to be embarrassed,” he added.
“We are just concentrating on our game and how we are going to beat them.”
Snowden believed an improvement at training was the defining factor in securing a win against the Wests Tigers on Sunday.
“With training, we really put in all last week and the start of this week and it showed in the game,” he said.
“It was good to get a win after five weeks losing. I’m very happy and just have to keep it going."
The 28-year-old's strong form at the start of the season, which earned him Players’ Player in consecutive rounds, saw him set sights on Origin selection.
Despite not being named in the initial Origin squad for game one, he is determined to remain in the fold by continuing to offer his best on the field in the coming weeks.
“It was in the back of my head, but I think I left it too late. It was one of my goals this year,” he said about Origin selection.