Saifiti proves he belongs in Origin arena

Daniel Saifiti was given a task and he delivered.

With David Klemmer sidelined through injury, NSW coach Brad Fittler needed someone to carry the Blues forward.

He had his man in Saifiti.

The young Knight was rock solid in his State of Origin debut.

He belonged there.

Taking the first carry with the series in the balance, the big unit made the most of his 33 minutes.

Saifiti had eight carries and ran for 100 metres.

He picked up 25 metres post-contact, one tackle break and made 15 tackles.

He was given a job and he executed it.

Now, he’s an Origin player.

With Klemmer potentially available for the Origin III decider in just a few weeks’ time, Saifiti’s future in the sky blue is uncertain in the short-term.

Still, the 23-year-old is eager to suit up for NSW in the third game.

"I'm so grateful for the opportunity, but at the same time I'm not satisfied," Saifiti told NRL.com after the game.

"I definitely want to be in this squad for game three. I know Klem is coming back – he is the best front rower in the game. But hopefully I am in the squad somewhere.

"Klem's tough – one of the toughest I've ever played with. I dare say he will be back for game three. Look, whatever happens, happens. I'm just so grateful to be part of this experience."