Preparation bodes well for Storm
Newcastle Knights forward Korbin Sims is confident in the side’s quality build-up to Sunday’s match against the Melbourne Storm.
“We are just trying to work on our own preparation and keep on with what we have been trying in the last couple of weeks,” he said on Thursday.
“We are starting to build towards something good as a Club.
“We want to build momentum and take that into this week’s game and beyond.”
A strong performance of the Knights’ forwards will be vital against the top four team with Sims stressing the importance of each player fulfilling their role in the pack.
“Now (Robbie Rochow) is in the middle he does brings a lot more consistency to our middle and structure to our defence,” he said.
“With Robbie playing in the middle with myself and some good young players coming off the bench as well (we should perform well).
“Sammy (Mataora) is coming off the bench, he showed how good he can be coming off the bench when we were in Canberra, so leading into this weekend we’re confident.
“We came on to some pretty good form there in Canberra and have been working hard this week and even harder in the next couple of days to get our preparation right for the Melbourne game.”
The Round 19 match signals the return of five-eighth Jarrod Mullen from injury, who has already shown a seamless return to the team during training this week.
“He’s slipped straight into position… when he started running around with us, he was so confident and buzzing around training,” he said.
“He will be stinging to come back because he’s had a long time on the sideline.
“He brings consistency…and has been there and done that so is good to have him back in around the team training.”
Meanwhile he commented on the result of game three of State of Origin featuring his teammate Dane Gagai in the Queensland team.
“It was a bit of shame. NSW ended up winning in the last few minutes, which was disappointing, but they (Queensland) hung in there really well,” Sims said.
“I thought Queensland were going to win it, but that’s how it just goes.”
Sims applauded Gagai for his impressive form during the Queensland won series.
“It just goes to show the type of player Dane is. He’s come from a side that isn’t doing too well and he stands out in a side that has always done well in the past,” he said.
“It’s a credit to how much commitment Dane has to not only himself but to honour his family as well.”
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