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Crows set to get even stronger for North clash

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Riley Knight of the Crows in action during the 2017 AFL round 02 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 01, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Riley Knight is on track to return to face North Melbourne this Saturday
We've got a really hungry playing group at the moment
Sam Jacobs

PREMIERSHIP favourite Adelaide is hoping to regain midfielder Riley Knight for Saturday's clash with North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena.

Knight missed Sunday's 76-point thumping of Richmond at Adelaide Oval with a hamstring injury.

But Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs said Knight was on track to miss only one game after pulling up sore after the side's round five win over Gold Coast.

"As far as I know, he should be all right," Jacobs said.

"I'm not too sure about the extent of his injury, but Riley has spent a bit of time in rehab in the past and he's got a really good feel for his body.

"I think he made a smart decision against the Gold Coast to make sure he looked after it.

"Hopefully he's back in calculations because he's a guy who can hopefully get a bit of continuity going because he's been fantastic in the team and he brings us a lot."

If Knight is available, it's going to be a tough decision to see who drops out of a Crows team that is flying with six straight wins to start the season. 

The Crows are refusing to get ahead of themselves after experiencing the pain of several finals exits in the past few years.

"We've got a really hungry playing group at the moment," Jacobs said.

"We're really driven with where we want to get to.

"We are pretty mature in that sense in that we understand where the season is at.

"It's just another step to where we want to go and we're looking to improve every week."

While the high-octane forward line of the Crows has grabbed the majority of the headlines for their outstanding start to the season, Jacobs has played a crucial role in getting the midfield first use of the ball.

Not only did he dominate his personal duel with Tigers big man Toby Nankervis, finishing the game with 50 hit-outs, Jacobs did plenty of work around the ground.

He racked up a career-high 26 possessions, nine marks and eight inside 50s, and was the link player through the midfield.

"Over time, I've let the midfielders know they can trust me with the ball in my hands," Jacobs said.

"I guess it's a thing with ruckmen, generally you don't want them to kick, but it's an area I've worked really hard at.

"The guys across half-back really set us up with (Brodie) Smith, (Rory) Laird and (Luke) Brown and it was great to get my hands on the ball."