Newcastle must start the fight for the final now as the Knights look to scrap a crushing Round 18 loss to upset the Roosters at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.
They were taught a lesson against sizzling Melbourne last week in a 48-4 smash in which superstar full-back Kalyn Ponga and defender David Klemmer were sent off.
Klemmer was knocked out of Round 19 but Ponga returned to steer the ship in the absence of injured winger Mitchell Pearce.
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The Roosters have lost their own enforcer with Siosiua Taukeiaho ruled out because of a hamstring problem, but they welcome the return of winning State of Origin full-back James Tedesco.
The Chooks also expelled veteran center Josh Morris following last week’s 34-18 win over the Cowboys.
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