We've infiltrated enemy territory this week to bring you the latest out of Sydney Roosters camp ahead of their Round 14 clash against the nib Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.

The Roosters are missing four men due to State of Origin duties.

James Tedesco, Boyd Cordner and Latrell Mitchell are representing New South Wales, while Dylan Napa starts in the front row for Queensland, but the Tri colours expect their troops to back up three days later to face the Knights.

The Knights only have Kalyn Ponga in Origin camp, although the fullback won't take the field on Wednesday night.

Still, Roosters assistant coach Jason Taylor told the Roosters website Ponga will take a wealth of confidence out of the experience and back to club land this weekend.


It's due to creative players like Ponga that the Roosters are bracing for a tight encounter.

"Winning those games are really important and we let a few of those slip earlier in the year so to get that one was really good for the confidence," Taylor said.

"That's what we expect this week – a tight game.

"They'll be fired up. Kalyn Ponga being added to the Queensland squad is interesting for them. That'll have him (feeling) really confident."

An impressive 30-4 win over Parramatta last week has filled the Novocastrians with confidence following a gut wrenching 38-point loss to Cronulla the previous week.

Despite producing mixed results this season, Taylor admires the passion the Knights have played with.

"They've had a really good season so far," Taylor said.

"I know there's been a few dips there but they've had so many great wins and so many upset wins and they're playing with some great passion.


"There's nothing like going to Newcastle and playing them on their home ground. They'll have good support so we'll be ready for that."

After edging the Wests Tigers 16-14 last Sunday, the Chooks sit sixth on the ladder with the Knights sniffing around the eight in 11th.

Taylor believe a gusty win over the Tigers has set the tone for the back-half of their season which will be built on defence.

"We just got things going in a really powerful fashion last week and that's what we want to keep going from an attacking perspective," Taylor said.

"Defensively, we won (against the Tigers last week) on our defence. We've done that a few times this year and that's a great sign."