Newcastle captain Aidan Guerra believes a change in the quality of football his troops are producing has the Club on track for a surge towards the top eight.

This Sunday, they'll get the chance to flex their new defensive muscles when they face-off against Melbourne.

While last week's loss against the Roosters was narrow, the team has proved they are more than capable for mixing it with the top sides but they need two-points.

With the race towards the finals slowly ramping up, the time for talk is over.

"You don't really talk about those things, your actions are what comes to the forefront," Guerra said of playing finals football.

"We've played top eight football the past two weeks. Before that, we probably weren't.

"We got one out of two results and obviously we want to be in the top eight and the only way to do that is through results."

When they last met in Round 6, the Knights were blown away by the Storm.

A 40-14 loss was the result of a the red and blue being starved of the ball.

For Guerra, who started his professional career with Melbourne although he never played a game of first grade, the mission is simple.

The Knights must minimise their mistakes.

"The game earlier on against them, we gave them the ball," he said.


"They had 17 of the first 20 sets with the ball.

"If you do that to a quality side, they're going to put you to the sword.

"They control the ball, when we played them they didn't have many errors and that's because they were on the front foot the whole time.

"It's about what can we do to stop them? What can we do to assert dominance? That formula is pretty simple."

After an impressive win over Parramatta, followed by a two-point loss to the Roosters last week, the Knights have added a new steely edge to their defence.

Now they need the results with nine games left in the regular season.


"When you put in an effort and you don't come away with the result, you can come away with other things," Guerra explained.

"You come away with lessons (and) you come away with a bit of belief as we did last week.

"At the end of the day, we're a results driven sport.

"For us now, we've got that belief from last week. I feel like we know the formula and what we need to do to win football games and now it's about going out there and making the fans proud.

"That stands pretty high on everyone's list but we want to win for them as well."