Knights primed for Bunnies encounter
After a wet captain's run at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday morning, the nib Newcastle Knights are ready for Saturday's match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
“Obviously with wet weather footy... it’s going to be a bash up through the middle,” explained captain Trent Hodkinson.
"We can still play a little bit of shape and play some footy, but the kicking game is going to be important.
"We prepared today it in and we should be right.
“I think it’s about adapting, both teams are in the same boat.
“Both boast big forward packs... so we’ll have to stick to our game but with the weather, we’ll have to change a couple of things.”
The Knights captain said the confidence is high on the back of last weeks’ win but they’ll have to continue to be smart out on the paddock.
"There is always room for improvement," added Hodkinson.
“One thing that let us down last week was fifth tackle tries, so it’s been something we’ve been working on,”
The Knights aren't taking into account the recent record against the Rabbitohs
“We’re going into it worrying about ourselves and how we can improve as a team," Hodkinson said.
“No doubt they’re a strong side and they bounced back well last week so they’ll be full of confidence.
"The record hasn't been too good, but we will be looking to change that tomorrow."
Hodkinson maintains the red and blue will rely on a home crowd to get them across the line again and they’ll do what they need, to get the job done.
“We won’t shy away from what we’ve been doing, we’ll adapt to the conditions and play a bit smarter but we won’t go into our shell and play the bash up footy they probably want us to play,” Hodkinson said.
“It’s going to be a tough game.”
Meanwhile, Jacob Gagan and Joe Wardle dropped off the extended bench for Round 3.
Don’t miss all the footy action, Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium, NYC kick off at 12.15pm before Reserve grade at 2.10pm and NRL at 4.30pm.