Watson: Roosters will still be burning from Round 11 loss

Connor Watson knows the Roosters will be ready on Saturday afternoon.

The nib Newcastle Knights produced an inspired 38-12 victory over the boys from Bondi in Round 11 and Watson is adamant his former teammates haven’t forgotten.

Asked if they store that away and use it as motivation, Watson said; “They definitely do. They’re one of those teams that takes things like that personally.

“This is a good challenge for us. We haven’t been where we should be lately.

“These are the games that we have to win if were serious about playing finals footy and making a dent in the comp.”

The 23-year-old started his NRL career with the Tricolours in 2016 before joining the Knights last season.

With the Roosters expected to roll out a full-strength squad on Saturday, there’s no better game for the Knights to get their season back on track.

The Club has lost their past two games and sit seventh on the ladder.

A win over the Roosters this weekend will push them towards the Top Four.

In a boost for the Club, the Knights welcome back a handful of troops for the game with Kalyn Ponga set to return from injury and reclaim his role as fullback.

But that means Watson is unsure on where he will feature in the 17.

Having played fullback, hooker and five-eighth, the versatile player had found a home for himself in the No.9 while Danny Levi was out injured.

But with Levi back, coach Nathan Brown has plenty to consider before naming his side.

“I’ve got no idea where I’ll be playing. I’m not sure,” Watson laughed.

“I trained a bit at nine today, bit of six and bit of centre.

“Who knows where I’ll be? Moving around and filling holes where I need.”

Being a jack of all trades could make it hard to prepare with frequent positional changes making it hard to develop consistency, but Watson looks at his role through a different colour of shades.

“It used to frustrate me a bit. Now I look at it as a challenge,” he said.

“Now it’s refreshing. You don’t get content and helps me get better as a player learning all these different roles.

“… if someone goes down and I need to fill in a certain spot. I’m more than happy to do that. I want to help where I can to win games.”