IT seems Tim Lafai will need to see off some unlikely challengers to secure goal-kicking duties against Cronulla this week.
With Gareth Widdop and Josh Dugan both out with injury, Lafai is the man most likely to assume kicking duties. Lafai’s last NRL goal came against the Knights in round 25, 2015. He struck the ball well at training on Tuesday but he only had his tongue slightly in his cheek when he named the other contenders.
“I think Leeson [Ah Mau] and Russ [Russell Packer], so there’s some tough contenders there,” Lafai joked.
“There’s about three of us going in for that kick-off so I guess whoever kicks best at the captain’s run will get the duty. It’s one of the most important roles in the game. Winning a game by two points goes a long way so it’s something we’ll need to get right this week.”
Ah Mau, of course, has a 100 per cent strike rate in his career having knocked over his only career attempt in his 100th game for the club against the Tigers in round five.