Danny Levi is bracing for a confident Canterbury-Bankstown outfit on Friday night.
The nib Newcastle Knights hooker believes the Bulldogs will be thriving following a win over Cronulla in Round 15 and a weeks break to recharge the batteries.
“It’s going to be a tough one,” Levi said.
“They’re starting to build a little bit of confidence there. They beat the Sharks last week. You can’t take them lightly. It’ll be a good challenge for us.”
Having suffered a narrow loss to the Warriors last week, the Knights are in need of a win this week.
Back at McDonald Jones Stadium, the home ground advantage will help but Levi knows his teammates have their work cut out for them.
Having recruited Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to the club a month ago, the Kiwi international has added a fresh dynamic to the Club.
Levi knows what a talent Watene-Zelezniak is but believes the opposition pose threats across the board.
“I know Dallin,” Levi said.
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“He’s a really talented player. He runs hard and tackles hard.
“You can’t take any of them lightly. They’re all decent players. It’s going to be a good challenge.”
With four players missing due to Origin lll on Wednesday, it’s unclear whether the team will have these key players back for the clash which is set to be played only 48 hours post-Origin.
Second rower Aidan Guerra was unknowing of what the side would look like for Round 17.
“If the coach puts them in, I’m sure they’ll play and play well. Whoever fills their spot will play well as well,” Guerra said.
“You probably treat every week like a must win. It’s a little bit like that in this competition. You can’t go up against any side thinking that it’s a sure thing. You got to go in with the right mentality otherwise you get found out, and our mentality every week is this is a must win for us.
"If you don’t win you take a lesson out of it, you know that’s probably a little bit of a silver lining.
“At the end of the day two points on the ladder is what you’re after and anything else is probably not good enough.”