The Warriors’ roller coaster ride continued on Sunday when they failed to defeat a 12-man Sharks team while the Rabbitohs were passed for the second time this season by the Broncos.
Both teams are 4-5 after nine rounds and are desperate for consistency, especially the Rabbitohs, who have already lost more games than they did in the entire 2021 season when they surrendered. until the grand finale.
Life without premiership-winning halfback Adam Reynolds was never going to be easy and the adjustment was made even more difficult by Latrell Mitchell’s injury.
The Warriors had their own injury dramas and were forced to churn their spines repeatedly as they searched for the right mix to get them back to the Finals for the first time in four years.
Sports betting preview: Warriors v Rabbitohs
Warriors: A huge one for the Warriors with skipper Tohu Harris set to make his long-awaited return after knee reconstruction. Harris hasn’t played since rupturing his ACL in Round 18 last year, but his inclusion is offset by the cost of Euan Aitken, who is out with a concussion, and Wayde Egan.
The duo’s late takedown sees Jack Murchie start in the back row, Aaron Pene move to lock and Jazz Tevaga move to hooker. Eliesa Katoa joins new signing Freddy Lussick as new faces on the bench.
Rabbits : Cody Walker will captain the team in the absence of Cameron Murray, who was sent in Tuesday for scans for neck and shoulder injuries. Jacob Host returns from a shoulder injury in the second row and Jai Arrow returns to lock in to cover Murray.
Prop Thomas Burgess returns after pulling out late from the Broncos game with a back injury, so Davvy Moale goes to the bench. Jaxson Paulo was promoted to starting center after coming off the bench last week. Isaiah Tas is absent.
New signing Kodi Nikorima steps straight into 17 on the bench and will line up against the club he parted ways with this week.
There were no further changes when the squad was reduced to 19 on Friday.
Wayde Egan vs. Damien Cook: Two men who are guaranteed to power through defensive work and probe openings around the ruck all night long. Fierce competitors always ready to fight, the two No.9s are able to give a try with a speed boost out of the dummy half or support in the middle to complete a move.
The Warriors are ranked 13th in the NRL in line breaks with 29 in nine games while the Rabbitohs rank fifth with 42 line breaks. Alex Johnston leads the way for the Bunnies with eight line breaks to go with 30 tackle jumps and six attempts.