While he's only managed a handful of games since returning to the Knights, Clint Newton places great importance on his role in guiding the club's young stars.
Both teams are in the top eight, but they need to win to stay there, making the clash at Belmore potentially the game of the round.
The Roosters are comfortably in the top four and are looking every bit like premiership heavyweights after losing only once in their last nine matches.
The league leaders after a dozen rounds of the season haven't won a game since. But there's every reason the Red V can still squeeze into the finals.
The make more line breaks - and commit more errors - than any other team in the NRL, and the Warriors will be aiming for some consistency ahead of the finals.
South Sydney are looking to consolidate their place in the top four, Newcastle to avoid the wooden spoon, both teams need to win this clash at ANZ Stadium.
Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona is under no illusion regarding the size of the challenge that awaits him in the shape of rejuvenated centre Blake Ferguson.
With a favourable run home Canberra have a genuine chance of sneaking into the top eight by finals time, but a key injury could derail their chances.
They may be without the services of Billy Slater for the rest of the season, but with a favourable run home the Storm are every chance of a top-four finish.
They have fixed their poor away record in stunning fashion and know how to win the close ones... can this be the year of the Cowboy at last?