It's a challenge George Williams is relishing. But the hard-as-nails Canberra Raiders halfback refuses to make the mistake of giving David Fifita too much respect.
Williams has a job to do when the Raiders face the Titans on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, only part of which involved stopping the barnstorming second-rower.
Fifita's scored three tries in three games since switching from the Brisbane Broncos to the glitter strip.
The Raiders right edge of Williams, Hudson Young and Sebastian Kris will have the job of keeping Fifita's impact to a minimum.
"That's the challenge," Williams said on Tuesday.
"Like everyone knows he's a big name in the competition and as good as he is I'm not giving him too much respect.
"I've got to do my job and I've got to make my tackles for the team."
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Raiders coach Ricky Stuart named Young (knee) to return from injury, while he's also named Ryan James (concussion) and Kris (concussion) to give them every chance to pass their concussion protocols.
But Joe Tapine (ankle) and Curtis Scott (ribs) have both been ruled out, with Scott playing almost the entire game on the weekend with broken ribs.
Tapine's absence means Dunamis Lui returned to the NRL after one week in the NSW Cup, with Ryan Sutton shifting to lock.
Kris was named in the centres to cover Scott's absence.
If he's also ruled out then Stuart has Semi Valemei and Caleb Aekins in the 21.
Either of them could come onto the wing with Jordan Rapana shifting into the centres.
James has been named on the bench, with Young returning to the second row after missing the heartbreaking loss to the New Zealand Warriors.
Stuart named Emre Guler as cover for James, while Siliva Havili or Kris could shift into the second row to cover for Young.
Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson backed Kris to do the job.
"Seb's been playing some great footy for us so if he's available and ready to go I'm sure he'll get the chance," he said.
Hodgson said it wasn't just Fifita who had been a good addition for the Titans, but Tino Fa'asuamaleaui as well.
The England hooker said the Titans had a few tricks up their sleeves the Green Machine needed to be mindful of.
"They've got some players that can create something out of nothing and big Dave Fifita and Tino," Hodgson said.
"They've both been playing some really good footy.
"They're tough to handle and it seems like they've got some really good structure this year, and some trick plays they like throwing at you so it's going to be a tough test for us."
But the Raiders have a few strings to their bow as well.
One of them was having both Hodgson and back-up rake Tom Starling on the field at the same time.
They were forced into doing it against the Warriors, but Hodgson thought it worked well - and would be even more dangerous if they had a full complement of forwards to call on.
Hodgson not only looked sharp playing at dummy half, but he also provided a dangerous running option when he shifted to lock when Starling was on.
"I thought it was a good combination with me and Tommy on at the same time," the Raiders skipper said.
"A bit of a changeup ... I thought it worked pretty well. If we had a few more middles and a bit more energy.
"It's definitely a nice option to have if you want to play a little up-tempo footy. Bring Tommy on when we've got those tired legs in the middle - it's a good option to have."
Williams put some of the blame for the Warriors loss on his own shoulders - a little harshly - but he vowed he would learn from the experience and look to control the game better going forward.
Everyone's still getting used to the new rules and what will and won't work.
In the past he could've kicked the ball dead to eat up some time and give his weary team an opportunity to catch their breath.
But now it's a quick tap when balls go into touch rather than a scrum like in the past.
"We're still learning the new rules and what's good and what's not," Williams said.
"As a halfback I've got to be in control and I probably wasn't the best at that in the last 10 minutes of the game.
"I blame myself for a kick I did to [Warriors winger Ken] Maumalo and I just gave them momentum.
"I'll be better there and sort things out for the weekend to put some wrongs right."
NRL ROUND FOUR
Saturday: Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans at the Gold Coast, 7.35pm.
Raiders squad: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4. Sebastian Kris, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson (c), 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. Hudson Young, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Ryan Sutton. Interchange: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Siliva Havili, 16. Sia Soliola, 17. Ryan James. Reserves: 18. Sam Williams, 19. Semi Valemei, 20. Caleb Aekins, 21. Emre Guler.
Titans squad: 1. Alexander Brimson, 2. Anthony Don, 3. Phillip Sami, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Corey Thompson, 6. Tanah Boyd, 7. Jamal Fogarty, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. David Fifita, 13. Tyrone Peachey. Interchange: 14. Moeaki Fotuaika, 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Erin Clark. Reserves: 18. Beau Fermor, 19. Herman Ese'ese, 20. Sam McIntyre, 21. Brian Kelly.