Wests Tigers utility Dene Halatau says a recent dip in form doesn't make the Sydney Roosters any less tougher to play this Friday night at Allianz Stadium.

Despite losing their last four matches coming into Friday's Round 9 match, Halatau says he expected the home side to come out firing after the representative break, and indicated that those results weren't a true indication of how tough Trent Robinson's side really is.

"I think they're [still] one of the competition heavyweights," said Halatau.

"It's a close competition, and within two weeks, it could all turn upside down.

"We're very wary of that and of the threats they possess, so there's no doubt that this week presents a big challenge for us to deal with.

"Most of them had the week off... [so] having those losses and a bit of time off to think about it, I’m sure they’ll be keen to get out there this Friday and get their season back on track.

"We definitely want to get the two points against them, and we’ve got one of their former Assistant Coaches with us now, so there’s a bit of insight into how they want about beating us in the past and how we can rectify that ourselves.

See what Halatau had to say in full about this week's match in the video above.

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