Rugby League: Daniel Saifiti accustomed to life in the middle for Newcastle Knights | video

HARD YARDS: Jacob Saifiti is tackled by Sam Stone at Knights training on Tuesday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

HARD YARDS: Jacob Saifiti is tackled by Sam Stone at Knights training on Tuesday. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

JACOB Saifiti has found a permanent home in the middle for the Knights.

After a break-out season playing on the edge in 2016, the 21-year-old has been moved closer to the action at prop and produced his best game of the campaign in the 18-14 loss to Manly.

Playing off the bench, he charged a team-high 146 metres and made 18 tackles in 41 minutes. 

“Daniel (twin brother) told me my stats afterwards and I was surprised,” Saifiti said. “I thought they might have got Daniel’s stats mixed up with mine. I didn’t feel like I made that many metres.”

One thing Saifiti is certain about is his playing position.

“Browny has made it pretty clear where my future is,” he said. “I played edge last year but I have been in the middle my whole life. I was a bit light last year. I am heavier now and feel more comfortable in the middle and can match it with the big boys.”

* Knights hooker Danny Levi admits his tackling technique needs work after suffering a series of minor head knocks. The fearless dummy half was taken off the field for a Head Injury Assessment in the loss to Manly.

“Maybe just being a bit smarter where I put my head in a tackle,” Levi said. “In saying that, it’s all good.”

Levi was heading off for the HIA when he had the ball thrown into his head in a copybook “Falcon”.

“I got up a bit groggy,” he said. “I saw the ball coming but I just couldn’t be bothered to lift my arms to stop it, so I used my head.”

* The atrocious conditions at Brookvale on Friday caught a few of the Knights by surprise.

“It was like playing under-12s back in Wellington – wet, cold and miserable,” Levi said. “I thought I would have been all right but I have adapted to the weather out here. I was freezing.”

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