"We're not getting flogged, we're in the game!"

Frustrating.

That’s the thoughts of Newcastle Knights enforcer David Klemmer after the sides slow start to the season.

The new recruit, who has been smashing the stats, believes it’s just easy fixes.

Completing, Building pressure. The simple stuff.

“That’s just something we’ve got to keep learning,” Klemmer said.

“Round one I thought was pretty good, everyone thought it was going to keep happening for us, but you’ve got to play like that every week.

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“We’re not getting flogged, we’re in the game. We’ve just got to be a bit smarter in game management.”

Indeed, the Knights will have to pull out all the stops this Sunday.

In a battle to bring home the Alex McKinnon cup, the Knights are preparing for a blockbuster matchup against the Dragons.

“It’s going to be a tough game, they played really well last week against Brisbane,” maintained Klemmer.

“We know what they’re capable of.

“We’ve got to try and make this our fortress.

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“We’re playing for a lot more, we’re playing for macca and the cup and something to get up for.”

The Dragons will be missing one key element. Gareth Widdop.

It’s a good advantage to have when your opponent is missing their skipper.

But Klemmer won’t be taking a backwards step.

“They’re still a class side, they’ve got Ben Hunt, he’s a good player,” the Knights forward added.

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“They played well against the Broncos so we know we’re going to be in for a tough game.

“Their forward pack across the park is good, they’ve got Tariq Sims and his brother.

“We can’t worry about too many individuals, there’s a whole squad.”