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Milestone man! JSaf was always better than me

Jacob Saifiti could be better than his brother Daniel.

At least, that’s what the New South Wales State of Origin prop believes.

While Daniel has flourished this season, having a breakout year, it’s been a slow burn for Jacob who is now hoping to reach his potential.

According to Daniel, it hasn’t always been that way.

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“Growing up, he was always better than me,” Daniel said.

“When we first came to grade, I was an out and out front rower.

“He was a bit skinnier than me, so he could play backrow.

“He didn’t know his identity. He knows he’s a front rower now. He knows he’s a middle player. I think he’ll be better if he just sticks his mind to it. He’s a great player.

“The thing about Jacob is his mindset and his determination.”

The twins debuted together in the opening round of 2016 with Jacob playing nine games in the starting line-up and Daniel four.

On Saturday, Jacob will notch 50 NRL games when he takes the field against Parramatta.

It’s been a long road to reach this point with Jacob facing several bumps in his first-grade journey.

A fractured shoulder and broken ankle over the past 12 months stalled any momentum the big man could make.

That was until he made his return to the top grade in Round 16 against the Warriors.

“He was stuck on 48 for a while,” Daniel said.

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“It’s a big achievement for him. I’m very happy for him. He’s overcome a lot of things. Some people might not have even come back from the things he’s come through with injuries and off-field stuff, so it’s a credit to him.

“He inspires me.”

What will make the milestone match all the more special is that the twins get to experience it together.

After 441 days, the duo played together in the loss against Manly last week.

While the result was disappointing, the fact they were on the field together was a magic moment for them and their families.

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Now, Daniel hopes they can make it all the more meaningful with a win over the Eels this weekend.

“When we were playing on the field together, the game was pretty much unwinnable which was disappointing but it was pretty surreal standing in the line,” he said.

“it was a cool moment for us and our family. Hopefully it’s a better occasion this week.”