Rooster eyeing Test recall

21 April 2017 11:30:59 UK

Sio Siua Taukeiaho aims to secure a Test spot for New Zealand after making a playing return for Sydney Roosters.

The powerful middle forward was back in action in the Tricolours' 24-6 win over the Knights on Good Friday, playing his first game since tearing his ACL last season.

He'd been outstanding for the Roosters last season before being injured in the Round 25 defeat to eventual premiers Cronulla.

The 25-year-old says after nearly eight months out, his comeback off the bench against Newcastle was a big milestone.

He finished the game with 138 metres from just 30 minutes of action.

Taukeiaho said: "It felt great to be back out there with the boys, especially because we got the win. The lungs were starting to play up a bit earlier than usual but it was great to be back out on the field playing in front of friends and family."

He opted to undergo surgery straight away after suffering his injury, so that he would be able to walk in time for his wedding last October.

It's been a gruelling rehab for the former Warriors player, but he was helped during his recovery by teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves who had suffered a similar injury the previous year.

Taukeiaho missed out on a chance to play for the Kiwis in last year's Four Nations when he suffered his injury, so he's keen to get back in top form quickly to give himself the chance of being named in the team to take on Australia in the mid-season Test.

"I've got to focus on myself first and make sure my body is ready before I can start thinking about playing for the Kiwis," said the Auckland-born player, whose only cap so far came in 2015.

"I've got a job to do for the Roosters but if I perform well each week then hopefully my performances will be enough to get back into that Kiwis team."

Sydney Roosters are 13/20 to win their next game against the Dragons, who are 13/10.

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