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Warriors centre David Fusitu'a celebrates a first-half hat-trick against the Knights in Round 1.

These days David Fusitu'a's eyes must light up simply at the thought of playing the Newcastle Knights.

In his last three NRL Telstra Premiership games against the Knights, the powerful utility back possesses an amazing strike rate of nine tries, most recently grabbing a hat-trick in the first half of their clash back in Round 1 this year.

His record also includes a four-try effort the last time he played at McDonald Jones Stadium and a double when he played Newcastle in his rookie year back in 2014.   

"Just the luck of the draw I guess, I have been lucky enough to get over the stripe a few more times against them than any other team," Fusitu'a told

"I guess I have got good recent memories against them, but they have grown since then.

"I am hoping things will click this weekend."

‌After scoring eight tries in his first 10 games this season, Fusitu'a hasn't scored in his last nine matches but in recent weeks has impressed with his work carrying the ball out of the back field for his struggling side.

Last week in a 26-22 loss to the Cronulla Sharks the 22-year-old carted the Steeden 12 times for 130 metres from the wing, earning praise from coach Stephen Kearney.

"That's certainly been an improvement area for him. We are all well aware of what David can provide the team when we see him scoring tries and jumping for balls and what have you," Kearney said.

"But I think last week the game required him to carry the ball really tough out of the back field and he did that pretty well.

"I think he has made some real progress over the last couple of weeks to be fair and that's a constant, we keep on David to keep doing that so he becomes a consistent NRL player."

One of only two players to appear in every game this season for the Warriors, 2017 has been Fusitu'a's best season in a four-year NRL career which has been disrupted by niggling injuries.

"I feel bit more like an NRL player this year, but I feel there's still a long way to go," Fusitu'a said.

"It was a bit difficult at the start of the year swapping between wing and centre, but wherever the coach wants to put me now it's just a quick switch of thinking.

"I have had to focus on different things week in, week out, so it's good to have a couple of games back under my belt on the wing."


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