Tariq Sims returned to Knights HQ on Monday after a positive week in camp in Tamworth with the Country Origin Squad.
While the game itself played at Scully Park saw the Country side convincingly beaten by their City counterparts, the experience was a fulfilling one for the Knights' second rower.
"I'm feeling fresh as a daisy, I didn't play too many minutes...I got through with no injuries," he told Knights TV.
"It was a great week out at Tamworth and the people of Tamworth were so great and accepting of the Country boys being there.
"It was a bit of a patchy game and a bit of a clunky game but we're going to make sure that when we go back to Clubland that we perform to the highest ability."
Sims took part in a recovery session on Monday while the rest of the team was on the training paddock, but he'd already turned attention to Sunday's Round 10 game.
"It's good to be back in Newy and I'm looking forward to the week at training before we take on the Sharks," he said.
"The boys have had a week off and are nice and fresh. They have gone and visited their families...and some have gotten away and recharged the batteries.
"It's good to see them come back in.
"They were into a pretty physical session so it's good to see.
"I'm looking forward to tomorrow when I'm allowed to train again because it's a pretty short turn around to take on the Sharkies and they are running pretty red hot at the moment."
Sims was clear on where attention will fall in the team's preparation for the Sharks on Sunday.
"First of all it's our starts, we've got to make sure we go blow for blow, then the ends to our sets, we have to make sure we're putting the ball on a diamond and chasing through hard and on both sides of the ruck."
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