Pick and stick.
That’s what nib Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown has done and now it’s up to his troops to repay the faith.
After suffering a 48-10 loss to the Roosters last week, coach Brown would’ve been within his rights to make mass changes but he’s stayed true.
Sitting eighth on 18 points, the Knights need a win this weekend to keep their place in the top eight.
According to international prop David Klemmer, it’s now over to the players to do their part on Friday.
“It’s back to the players, he’s shown the faith,” Klemmer said.
“We’ve got to turn up on Friday and make sure we’re in for a big game.”
Hosting the Wests Tigers on Friday night, both teams have plenty to play for.
Robbie Farah is poised to play his 300th first grade game this weekend and Shaun Kenny-Dowall knows his Tigers teammates will be up for the occasion.
“We’re going out there to spoil the party,” he said.
Klemmer added; “After last week, we need to come out and put out a better performance.
“For 55 minutes last week, we were in the fight and fell off. If we can play a full 80, we’ll be a good chance of winning the footy game.”
While the Tigers will be attempting to win for Farah, the Knights are playing for Old Boy and Club legend Mark Hughes.
At home, supporting Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, the Knights don’t need to look far for motivation.
No one rallies around their own better than the community of Newcastle.
“Mark Hughes is a huge part of this club. He’s such a positive role model for all of us at the knights,” Kenny-Dowall said.
“He’s doing a great job for brain cancer. We can take a lot of inspiration from him and motivation to put in a good performance for him and his cause.”