It’s a do or die mindset.
Jesse Ramien believes that’s how the nib Newcastle Knights need to treat the back-end of the season.
The Knights sit fifth on the NRL ladder following a form surge which saw the team win six games straight, the 22-year-old knows his team is capable of producing red-hot football.
That run was stopped by Melbourne in Round 14 but after the representative break, the Knights are back home and will host Brisbane on Saturday.
According to Ramien, this is a must-win match.
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In fact, that’s the mentality the side will take into the remaining games this season.
“I think a few teams will be coming for us with the bit of a streak we went on,” Ramien said.
“It’s the same for us. We’re treating this as it’s a do or die for us. We want to be like that for every game from here until the end of the season.”
Having rested the body up over the bye round, Ramien is ready to rip back into action.
Pleased with his performances without the ball in hand, the centre is still tweaking his attack.
He believes his best is still to come and hopes that he can light that fuse in the remaining 11 club games.
“My defence has been pretty good,” he said.
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“My attack, I don’t think it’s up to my best. Hopefully that will come with more ball…
“…As the season goes on, I’m getting closer to the level I want to play at.
“I think it’ll improve on the back-half of the season.”
Perhaps an explosive end to the season?
“That would be good,” he said.