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Roosters forward Sio Siua Taukeiaho has been promoted to the starting pack this week.

With most matches in 2016 going down to the wire, goal-kickers have never been a more important commodity in the NRL. 

The Roosters had the luxury of relying on the boot of James Maloney in 2015, with the former NSW five-eighth landing 106 goals at nearly 82 per cent last year. 

But four games into the new season and the Bondi club has already used three; the latest being powerhouse forward Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

The Tricolours enforcer replaced Latrell Mitchell, who had managed just 3 from 8 with the boot in the first three rounds.

And while he mightn't look like a natural sharp-shooter, Taukeiaho told that kicking was something he was more than familiar with.

Taukeiaho shared kicking duties with fellow NYC graduates Mason Lino and Carlos Tuimavave while at the Warriors, and also knocked them over while playing for Newtown in the NSW Cup. 

"I actually goal kicked when I was younger playing rugby union and then carried on when I was at the Warriors playing 20s. Then I came to Australia and I managed to goal-kick for the Newtown Jets," the Roosters forward said. 

"I never thought I'd kick in the NRL, but having lost James Maloney, one of us players had to step up. I kind of put my hand up to do it after Jacko [Jackson Hastings] had a couple of niggles.

"I have to step up and try to slot some at training. I missed two tonight so I've got to keep practicing for these sorts of games."



Taukeiaho managed 1 from 3 attempts on Saturday night, with both his misses coming from out near the right touchline, before being replaced by Hastings.

The Roosters halfback assumed the kicking duties in the World Club Series, and was expected to continue when the NRL season kicked off before injuries got in the way. 

"We've got some pretty good kickers. We haven't kicked too well the last couple of weeks, but it's a work in progress," Hastings told 

"A lot of the guys who are kicking are young and haven't had the pressure of the crowd and the occasion. We're all working really hard to that common goal and I'm sure it'll come good soon."

While it's still unclear who will get the gig in the coming weeks, Taukeiaho is simply looking forward to coming up against the Warriors on Sunday afternoon.

The Roosters will head into the game on the back of four straight losses, but Taukeiaho knows it could have been a different story had he been awarded a try against Manly midway through the first-half. 

"I don't know. Obviously they said it was a knock on so can't really say much about it now the game is over," Taukeiaho told following the two point loss. 

"It was a close game. It has been tough for us, but I guess we've just got to keep staying tight and training hard to get right for the Warriors.

"I'm really excited to go up against my former team and all the players I used to play with. Roger [Tuivasa-Sheck] will be there as well, so I'm really looking forward to it."

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