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Roosters prop and goal-kicker Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

He is the largest goal kicker in the NRL and the Sydney Roosters are sure glad they've got him.

Front-rower Siosiua Taukeiaho has a 76% success rate for the Roosters over the years, although he hasn't need to kick too much in 2018 due to the left boot of Latrell Mitchell.

But with the young Origin centre banned from next Saturday's preliminary final, the 108kg forward is a wonderful insurance policy even though he has been nursing an ankle injury. He says he will be right to play next week.

Tonga used him throughout last year's World Cup and he kicked five from eight attempts for the Mate Ma'a in the 38-22 win over Samoa in the Pacific Test series in June.

The Auckland-born 26-ear-old has always loved kicking goals.

"Back in under-20s I was goal-kicking at the Warriors," he told

"But even through my junior footy years back in New Zealand [with the Otara Scorpions] I was a goal kicker. I've had that skill in me since I was a kid.

"But I never saw myself kicking at NRL level."

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He had the perfect tutors in teammates and former first-grade sharpshooters when he joined the Roosters in 2014.

"When James Maloney was here at the Roosters I took some tips off him… then Daryl Halligan and now I've got JT [Jason Taylor] helping me out and doing a few training sessions with Latrell."

Taukeiaho is ready if coach Trent Robinson calls on him to replace Mitchell as kicker for the preliminary final, where the Roosters will face the winner of Saturday's Rabbitohs-Dragons semi-final at ANZ Stadium.

"I think kickers have become very important this year, especially coming into finals footy," he said.

"Teams start to pick up their game, results are close.

"Kicking two points over the black dot can be a really big thing – the difference between a win or not.

"We actually have three kickers in the team – Latrell, myself and Blake Ferguson. We all compete; we all challenge each other; we all train hard and push each other for that spot.

"But if Trent wants me, I'm ready."

Having kicked for Tonga with the passionate Pacific nation supporters in his ears, Taukeiaho says he's prepared for a finals atmosphere even if he's kicking from the sideline.

"I always hear the crowd, but it's a good lesson to keep your concentration, keep your control, getting your technique right," he said.

"We do a lot of focusing on the technique no matter what's going on around you. We started that in the pre-season and we also do it after training and even on days off.

"When it comes down to close matches, that's when all that will pay off."

The Roosters have won three games in 2018 by two points (against Manly in round nine, Wests Tigers in round 13, Knights in round 14), and lost two by a goal (against the Tigers in round one and Raiders in round 23).

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