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Griffin: 'Effort will take care of scoreboard'

Press conference: Slade Griffin on Round 12

While mistakes in crucial periods have been the downfall of the nib Newcastle Knights lately, Slade Griffin believes there are factors that have contributed to game day errors.

"There's always the key mistakes that hurt, but I think there's other things that lead up to that as well," Griffin commented on Tuesday.

"We can't name names or point fingers, something earlier might have put someone in a tough position where they had to make a bad play, and that's the whole team putting them in that position.

"We've all got to cop it and try and play better and all put our best foot forward.

"Usually the effort will take care of the score board, so we just need to keep putting in."

Griffin is predicting a big crowd at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium on Sunday, and believes they can once again bounce off the support to get the result.

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"We've had some good games at home and we're actually really filthy on the games we didn't turn up for and particularly for the fans who have supported the boys through thick and thin," he said.

"The last couple of years they have come out in numbers every weekend and we really want to repay their faith."

An eight-day turnaround will be in the Knights' favour when they take on an in-form Cronulla Sharks for Beanie for Brain Cancer Round.

"It always helps," Griffin smiled.

"We came in and had a big session today and we'll have another one in two days, so it will get the boys set up for the weekend.

"The Sharks have won five in a row, they are always a great football side.

"They have shown that over the last couple of years, with a really tough forward pack and a lot of X factor in their backs, and they're always there for a game.

"Although we have a few injuries, whoever sets up for the game this weekend will have to be ready for a tough game."

The Knights will play in their commemorative MHF Beanie for Brain Cancer jersey, with jerseys also available exclusively at the Knights Club Shop.

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