Consistency key against Tigers
The 2015 season has told a comparable story for both the Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers who have displayed flashes of promising form throughout the year that has been thwarted by inconsistency.
“They are pretty similar to us, they have been inconsistent. They have had good games and periods,” Gidley said on Friday as the two sides prepare to meet this Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium.
“Throughout their team they have plenty of talent. It’s whether they put it together on the day.
“We have plenty of talent scattered through our team, it’s about whoever is going to be the most consistent for the longer period of time tomorrow.
“It’s a pretty big game for both Clubs.”
The focus of training during the week for he Knights has honed in on the containing the Tigers' dangerous spine.
“Their fullback is a great player (James Tedesco) as are their halves when they are going well,” he added.
“He (Tedesco) has lightning speed, so you can’t give him room and space. It’s about working together in defence.
“A guy with that much speed, if there’s half a gap, he’ll take it…quality fullbacks with speed are hard to handle.”
“Then they have Robbie Farah at hooker.”
Gidley hopes for an 80 minute performance after showing glimpses of promise in parts of the previous two games.
“It’s about putting it all together for a longer period time for us,” he said.
“I thought we were pretty courageous in the way we fought back against a pretty quality team (Roosters) and probably the form team of the competition.
“There were a few positives we can take out of the second half, we just can’t let teams to get out to such a big lead in the first half.”
The Knights’ skipper aims to cherish special moments with the team as he counts down on his final games in the red and blue before departing the Club at season's end.
“I feel good, and because there’s only a few games left for me, I’m excited about every one that comes around,” he said,
“I’ve been enjoying it as much as I can, every training session with the boys, every away trip and there is this one against the Wests Tigers."
An unchanged team travelled down the highway on Friday ahead of Saturday’s match at Campbelltown Stadium.
“We need to concentrate as a team as it’s a big game for both clubs who are trying to sort out something for the rest of the year,” he said.
“We don’t want to be at the bottom of the table after the last round, so it’s a pretty significant game."
It’s even more reason the Knights are eager to take control of the match from the starting siren.
“We have spoken about getting an even amount of possession,” he said.
“It’s probably no secret to any team, it’s about completing your sets, trying to hold the ball and keeping it away from quality players.”