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The more time Lachlan Fitzgibbon spends playing in the NRL, the easier it gets for the Newcastle Knights’ second rower.   

Fitzgibbon made his third first game appearance on Saturday and says he’s becoming accustomed to the intensity and pace of top level football.

“The energy levels and gas lasts longer and after a few NRL games your body gets used to it so I’m getting better,” he told Knights TV.

While the Knights aimed to deliver a win at Hunter Stadium in Round 3, the spirit and determination shown against the Canberra Raiders has resonated positively within the team.

“There’s a bit more confidence after the performance on the weekend,” he said. 

“We’ve always had confidence we could do a job, it’s all about playing week in week out consistently. 

“In the first half we were unlucky a couple of times with two disallowed tries. 

“We knew we could do the job in the second half, it was just about completing and getting the plays right and eventually scoring some points.” 

The Knights look to replicate that effort against the New Zealand Warriors on Easter Monday. 

“Both teams need a win to start the season,” he said.

“They’ve had a few close games and were good against Melbourne Storm last week and against the Broncos the week before, so it should be a good one."

Fitzgibbon travels with the team to New Zealand and strives to get a call up again for the Round 5 match in Melbourne against the Storm. 

The team will fly direct to Melbourne from New Zealand to give the players ample recovery and preparation time in between the two rounds. 

“I think they’ve made the next two weeks easy on us, that’s why we’re going straight to Melbourne so we aren’t in and out of training and playing," he said. 

“It’s just about preparing right away from home. 

“They will put measures in place that will give us the best chance to.”