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If Rory Kostjasyn's ISP NSW side was a racing car, Brock Lamb would be the driver.

With the halfback back from injury, the keys are his.

He can steer it any way he wants.

He's hopeful he can guide himself back into the NRL side but to do that, he must perform in the Intrust Super Premiership against Wyong this Saturday.

"Any halves back in reserve grade with NRL experience, whether it's back through injury or selection, it's their team," Kostjasyn said.

"They have experience and need to take ownership and direct the boys around as part of their development."


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Having recovered from a fractured cheekbone, Lamb replaces Ryan Stig in the halves and his coach is looking at him to run the show.

"I want to see him kick the ball well," Kostjasyn continued.

"That's a strength he has. I want to see him take ownership of our team, defend well and then when we get in good ball just back himself and play footy.

"I don't want to handcuff him too much. I want to see him do the simple areas well. Defend, kick and organize. The rest will be fine."

At just 21, Lamb is one of the most experienced players in the Newcastle side.

Unavailable for last week's thrashing at the hands of Mounties, the responsibility to run the show is on Lamb but the platform starts with the big men.

Kostjasyn has specifically challenged his edges to lead by example.

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Like Lamb, Sam Stone has NRL experience and makes his first appearance in several weeks after being sidelined with a shoulder injury.

He's one of three men challenged to set the tone against the Roos in front of a home crowd.

"Our backrow in Jonesy, Stoney – who is back from injury – and Yatesy," he said.

"I look to those guys to lead our defensive efforts.

"I expect all our guys who are fulltime to run hard and tackle hard."

Saturday June 9 – Round 14 ISP

Newcastle Knights v Wyong Roos
ISP kick-off: 3.15pm
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium


1. Nick Meaney, 2. Tom Hughes, 3. Matt Allwood, 4. Brent Naden, 5. Toa Mata'afa, 6. Hayden Loughrey, 7. Brock Lamb, 8. Tyrone Amey, 9. Chris Randall, 10. Pasami Saulo, 11. Sam Stone, 12. Brodie Jones, 13. Luke Yates. Interchange: 14. Beau Fermor, 15. Bobby Treacy, 16. Pat Mata'utia, 17. Zac Hosking, 18. Faitotoa Faitotoa, 19. Tori Freeman-Quay, 20. Ryan Stig.