Twin towers reunited for clash with Warriors

THE 310 minutes since they were last on the field together isprobably the longest Daniel and Jacob Saifiti have been separated in their lives.

Now Newcastle’s twin towers are set to reunitein Saturday’s clash with the Warriors at Hunter Stadium.

Jacob has overcome a wrist injury and is expected to be rushed straight into the starting side as replacement for injured back-rower Tariq Sims (groin strain).

BIG IMPACT: Daniel, left, and Jacob Saifiti

It will be his first appearance since he was replaced early in Newcastle’s round-10 hammering from Cronulla.In the three weekssince, Daniel has taken hisgame to a new level, averaging 171 metres a game against Wests Tigers, Parramatta and North Queensland.

Now Jacob is intent on reminding the rugby league world that the Saifiti showis no solo act.

“He’s put me under a bit of pressure to come back and play well,’’ Jacob said.

“But I’m proud of him. He’s putting our name on the map … when we’re on the field together, we always feed off each other’s energy, so if he’s playing good, normally we both are.’’

Jacob said he and Daniel had been compared to each other since they started out together inToukley Hawks under-8s.

“It’s pretty weird,’’ he said. “Daniel’s probably taken over, but coming through juniors he missed out on a few rep teams I did make, so he’s probably getting me back now, I guess.

“I was probably introduced to playing against men [inNSW Cup]before he was, but he’s not showing that now. He’s playing real good footy.’’

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