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Roosters after respect, says Ryles

By David Beniuk 03/08/2011 06:34:54 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters prop Jason Ryles says his side will be desperately seeking some respect when they take on NRL heavyweights Manly and St George Illawarra over the next two weeks.

Out of the running for a finals spot, the 2010 grand finalists have turned their attention to building for next year and wreaking as much havoc as possible on 2011's contenders.

"You've always got something to play for as a footy player," Ryles told reporters on Wednesday.

"Just because it's highly unlikely we're going to make the semis it doesn't mean you put the cue in the rack and stop playing.

"There's a lot of pride and respect in this jersey, we're trying to get that back in this last five games.

"We've got two of the main title contenders in the next two weeks at their home ground in Manly and St George and it's a massive test for us.

"We're just looking to get some respect back and build as much as we can towards the end of the season leading into 2012."

Ryles said respect was something the Roosters' players had talked about long and hard.

"We've been very disappointed in the way things have panned out this season," he said.

"A lot of it we're to blame ourselves as players.

"Unfortunately we can't get that back now but we can certainly put in five good performances before the end of the season and that's something we're definitely looking to do."

Meanwhile, the Roosters backline will have a fresh look next year with St George Illawarra winger Peni Tagive signing a two-year contract with the club.

The 22-year-old will join the Roosters in 2012 after he was released from the final year of his contract at the Dragons.

The news comes as the Roosters farewell Kane Linnett at the end of the season, with the centre to join North Queensland.

Roosters recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan said Tagive would prove a valuable asset for the club.

"Peni is one of the fastest ball runners in the NRL and will add some great depthto our outside backs," he said in a statement.

"We are looking forward to watching him develop as part of our team over the coming seasons."

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