Sims ready to rumble

PUMPED: Second-rower Tariq Sims returns from suspension for the Knights against the Wests-Tigers at Hunter Stadium on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan CarrollLOOKout – Tariq Simsis back, and out to make up for lost time.
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The longest pre-season in Sims’ career ends on Sunday when theKnights tackle Wests Tigers at Hunter Stadium.

The barnstorming second-rower and co-captain missedthe opening five rounds on suspension for a shoulder charge on Penrith hookerJames Segeyaro in the in the final round last season.

“Put me out there and leave me,” Sims said half joking.

“I had an extended pre-season which only finished on Monday. It has been frustrating but I have gone through a lot harder and a lot worse stuff than this. I’m just very excited topull the jersey back on. I’m itching to get back out there and rumble it up with the boys.”

It is the second consecutiveseason the 25-year-old Origin hopeful has missed the opening month.He was outed for five weeks for a shot on Justin Hodges when playing for the Cowboysin the 2014 elimination semi-final.Another shoulder charge will result in a 100 per cent loading and doubleany base penalty.

“It’s no secret I’m on a tightrope for the rest of the year,” Sims said.

“If Ilook at a referee wrong I will get in trouble.I have to make sure that I am a squeaky clean …if I’m sitting on the sideline I’m not only letting the club down but my teammates down.”

Sims, who is expected to come into the starting side for teenager Jacob Saifiti, spent the summer working onhis tackling technique and decision making.

“After a big conditioning session that is when I do the most defensive work,” he said. “That is when I am at my most fatigued. During fatigue is when I make silly decisions. As long as I can stay on top of that, I can move forward.”

Monsteredin the opening two losses, the Knights have since competed hard despite being yet to record a win.

“I am going to try and bring as much controlled aggression as I can,” Sims said. “Try and lead the boys attitude-wiseand compete for the full 80 minutes. As long as the boys are all keen and ready to rip in, I’ll do as much as Iphysically can.”

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