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The Sydney Roosters will look to make it five wins in a row when they travel to Newcastle this Sunday to take on a Knights side finding some form as the final third of the 2013 NRL season commences.

Trent Robinsons side are coming off the back of a record-breaking 40-0 win over the Sharks last Saturday at Allianz Stadium, with the boys from Bondi putting on a near-perfect performance in front of over 13,000 fans to record their fifth shut-out for the year.

The shut-out saw them equal the NRLs record of five set by the Roosters side of 1977.

The Knights however present a challenge at home and coming off the back of a solid showing against the Panthers last weekend, Wayne Bennetts side will be out to show themselves as Top 8 contenders against the leagues 2nd placed team.

Sonny Bill Williams returns to the Tricolours after missing the win over Cronulla due to a hamstring strain and will join last weeks Players Player Mitchell Pearce down the right edge for Robinson, with the Blues halfback undoubtedly happy to have the experience of Williams back.

Pearce shrugged off an Origin series loss last week to lead his side around the park in fine fashion against a side including former Rooster Todd Carney and Blues team mate Andrew Fifita, with the No.7 delivering three try assists from the seven scored.

With Williams returning to the starting side one of the try scorers from last Saturday, Mitchell Aubusson, will move back to the bench. Isaac Liu drops off the bench but has been named as 18th man.

Two former Chooks in Willie Mason and Joey Leilua will come against old team mates in the clash, with Williams also set to face former Bulldogs team mate Willie Mason for the first time since his return to rugby league.

Another on-field battle set to entertain is the battle of the fullbacks as Australian and QLD star Darius Boyd faces off with one of the best ever to have worn No.1 in Green and Gold and Origin, Anthony Minichiello.

The Roosters skipper is proving that age is no barrier in 2013, with the Golden Boot winner showing the same form did when regarded as one of the games best players, as he takes part in his 14th season of NRL.

Boyd and the man they call The Cat are capable of scoring from anywhere on the field, especially with the likes of Mason, Beau Scott and Jeremy Smith for the Knights and Boyd Cordner, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Luke ODonnell for the Roosters charging through the middle of the field.

The forward battle is a mouth-watering one within itself for this match and with both sides showing what theyre capable of on the back of quick ball last weekend, theres no reason this game shouldnt be highly entertaining.
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