Kalyn Ponga’s thoughts about playing Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
“Hope he doesn’t make a line break,” he laughed.
The two no. 1s will be a vital component in the Knights v Warriors match-up on Sunday.
Tuivasa-Sheck is set to make his return from a hamstring injury, shifting Peta Hiku back to the centres.
The New Zealand fullback has proven difficult for opposing teams.
A line specialist, he’s leading the NRL with eight to his name. Ponga a respectable four.
41 is also the number of tackle breaks the Warriors fullback has recorded. Equal second in the league.
Needless to say, he’ll be a target come this weekend.
“We’ll have to focus on his kick chase,” said Ponga.
“Their back three are huge for them.
“They get their sets going and off the back of that, they get a lot of momentum.
“For us, he will be a big focus and hopefully we can limit what he does.”
Ponga admits there’s added motivation to rise to the occasion when an opponent like Tuivasa-Sheck is in top form.
“100 per cent,” Ponga claimed.
“I grew up watching him, watching what he does.
“He’s a fullback now and he’s one of the best in the game.
“He’s in form at the moment so I want to go out there and try and get it over him.
“Hopefully he just doesn’t make a line break and I’ll be sweet.”