Rd 14 team update: Injury rules out metre-eater

A foot injury has ruled Daniel Saifiti out of Saturday's clash against the Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium.

It's a cruel blow for the powerhouse forward following his try-scoring, 200-metre performance against Parramatta last week.

With Saifiti sidelined, 18th man Jacob Lillyman returns to the team to partner Herman Ese'ese in the starting pack.

While missing Saifiti, the nib Newcastle Knights do have Ese'ese back from suspension.

Brock Lamb has also dropped out of the 21-man squad and will play ISP NSW this weekend.

TEAM

1. Kalyn Ponga
2. Ken Sio
3. Sione Mata'utia
4. Cory Denniss
5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6. Connor Watson
7. Jack Cogger
8. Herman Ese'ese
9. Slade Griffin
18. Jacob Lillyman
11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
12. Mitch Barnett
13. Aidan Guerra ©

14. Danny Levi
15. Chris Heighington
16. Jamie Buhrer ©
17. Josh King

19. Luke Yates
20. Nick Meaney

Saturday June 9 - Round 14
Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters
Kick-off: 5.30pm
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium