Josh Papalii is expecting a fired up Knights outfit when they prepare to take on the Newcastle side at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

"Newcastle are going to be really enthusiastic, they had three straight wins before they lost to the Storm and they're going to be really keen to get the win in Canberra, hopefully we can get the fans out to rally us home," Papalii said.

The young prop still holds a slim hope that the Raiders can scrape into the top eight but concedes that it's out of the Raiders control.

"I'm still hopeful, it's not a situation we want to be in where it's not in our control but it is what it is, hopefully we can win the last two and sneak in."

"All we can do is win our last two games and we'll see what happens with the other teams."

Papalii admits that the Raiders will not be taking the Knights lighty after their defeat to the Novocastrians earlier in the year.

"Most teams go into playing Newcastle taking them a bit lightly and we've been guilty of that so we won't be making that mistake again on Friday night.

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