Press conference: Lachlan Fitzgibbon on Round 9
All eyes will be on the forwards coming into the Round 9 clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with Lachlan Fitzgibbon looking to do a job on the Burgess brothers.
The 24-year-old second rower had a strong start to the season, shaping up against the big men of the Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and the St George Illawarra Dragons.
While his performance last week was below par by his standards, Fitzgibbon is looking to make a statement against the Burgess twins.
"They are going really strong at the moment," Fitzgibbon said.
"They have some high class players in their side. The two Burgess twins are firing at the moment... and if we do a good job in controlling them it will put us in good stead.
"They have always had a big pack. I think any side that stands up to them gives them a bit of a shock and it goes a long way towards winning the match."
A return to home soil will be much appreciated by the Knights, who have suffered a tough run away from home so far this season.
"We have been on the road for three consecutive weeks and have only played two games at home this year. I can't wait to be back at home and get a good win this weekend."
Kurt's Call: Round 9
Fitzgibbon recalled his team's effort in past seasons and just how far the team has come in the space of an off-season. He praised the team's ability to find a way to win in those tight games, which statistically would have been lost in the past.
"It was an ugly win, but we have to learn to be able to win ugly. The past few years we haven't been able to do that and probably would have lost that game but it is a credit to us boys that we have been able to get the job done, and hopefully we can keep the ball rolling.
"It has been a tough few years for the Club... and when you finally start winning games and performing well it becomes a lot more enjoyable."