Fitzgibbon, Lamb combo years in the making

nib Newcastle Knights forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon admits he’s played some pretty good footy with five-eighth Brock Lamb over the years.

“Over the past few years, back in the 20s we were on the left edge and in NRL we've both moved back over to the right,” said Fitzgibbon.

“Our combination is starting to work well and hopefully we can string a few more games together.”

Lamb has set up Fitzgibbon for two tries in the last two weeks, and the back rowers says his teammate has been in top form of late.

“Lamby is absolutely playing out of his skin at the moment off the back of a couple of games he wouldn’t have been too happy with... but he’s killing it at the moment,” explained Fitzgibbon.

“He is older and a bit more confident and is playing really well for a 20-year-old who is playing NRL and the hardest comp in the world.

“Along with Hokko, (Trent Hodkinson) they work well together and experience-wise, he’s only 20 games or so in but he’s playing more like a 50 gamer, playing well beyond his years.”

And the 23-year-old is not doing too badly himself with two tries in the last two games and a Players’ Player award.

“I have had a few tries, the strike rate is not too bad but that is credit to our halves putting me through the holes,” smiled Fitzgibbon.

“I don’t think it’s anything special, it’s the boys around me setting them up for me.”

Fitzgibbon knows nothing but the best will be needed for their clash with the Melbourne Storm on Saturday.

“They are a great side and that’s why they have been top of the ladder for almost 10 years now,” Fitzgibbon stated.

“Every year they’ve got new players, someone leaves and there is someone to fill the void and again this year they’ve been blowing sides away."

The Knights forward said the Storm are a well-structured unit, bursting with experience.

“The likes of Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk, they are legends of the game and they play off the back of those fellas so it will be a real challenge for us,” Fitzgibbon stated.

“When you go up against Melbourne, I think it’s one of the biggest games you get of the season.”

The Knights take on the Storm back home at McDonald Jones Stadium, kick-off is 3pm.