Korbin shoulders leadership role

Instead of feeling daunted by the task of coming up against one of the biggest forward packs in the NRL, Korbin Sims takes it as a personal challenge.

It’s the type of attitude the 23-year-old attests to helping with his development.

With the Newcastle Knights bracing for a challenging clash against the Sydney Roosters at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, Sims is intent on drawing on past experiences when he’s embraced leadership responsibilities. 

“That’s where I always reflect back to the Broncos (Round 11 game) where we had Doof (Dave Fa’alogo), Snowy (Kade Snowden) and Jez (Jeremy Smith) out and I was the senior member of that pack,” he said. 

“If you look at it from a front rowers point of view, I took that on my shoulders and tried my hardest that day and will try to do it again this weekend. 

“You have to try to muscle up against the Roosters because they will be coming out to be big and physical. 

“We are facing a class side. They are a really good side this year."

According to the Fijian international, the Knights will need to maintain composure without paying too much attention to the opposition’s running success.

“Us as a forward pack, you can’t really focus on what they’ve done in the past, you just have to focus on them coming to Newcastle and trying to take our two points off us,” he said.

“If we can just move on from last week’s disappointment then we will go all right.

“That’s why it’s so important to get a win this weekend. We have to get back in the grind of winning games and performing well for our fans.”