The Tigers and Rabbitohs meet in a round one repeat – this time with the caveat that they sit 14th and 13th. Ideally looking to get out of the cellar, a win on Friday could do a lot for both sides.

LAST TIME OUT

The Rabbitohs were ruined by the Sea Eagles 46-8 and could do with a resuscitation after a very poor showing. Word is that Cody Walker could shift to fullback as Michael Maguire tries to bring spark to his team but the club hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumour, Walker himself saying either option is fine.

The Tigers were valiant against Cronulla but still went down 22-16, unable to get through a polished Cronulla defensive front. The era of Cleary has trended more up than down, especially given the turmoil surrounding the day to day dealings coming through Concord, but it’s getting to the part where winning games is more important than winning the hearts of disenchanted fans.

KEY BATTLES

The forwards of both sides have been criticised for playing soft when they should muscle on and staunch up – but they can’t both disappoint on Friday, especially when a loss could sentence them to mediocrity for the rest of the season in a tightly contested competition – but on the other hand the Sam Burgess factor is always in play for South Sydney. Be sure that it will go off either way.

Robbie Farah now returns to the home of the Tigers (though when they played round one it was also at ANZ, but it was a home game for South Sydney), and will also more than likely be looking to impress Laurie Daley and give a last minute bid for Origin selection. His battle with the former club will be interesting again.

PREDICTION

Friday night could very well be Sam Burgess, Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker vs Wests, as have many South Sydney games in the recent memory. The Tigers also have a foundation to build from in comparison to South Sydney’s horrible game just before rep round, and as said have been trending up. The Tigers by 8

SQUADS

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Michael Chee Kam, 4. Moses Suli, 5. Kevin Naiaqma, 6. Mitchell Moses, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Sauaso Sue, 9. Matt McIlwrick, 10. Ava Seumanufagai, 11. Joel Edwards, 12. Chris Lawrence, 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Tim Grant, 15. Josh Aloiai, 16. Jacob Liddle, 17. JJ Felise, 18. Kyle Lovett, 19. Justin Hunt, 20. Jack Littlejohn, 21. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Braidon Burns 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Hymel Hunt 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Kyle Turner 11. John Sutton 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess 14. Robbie Farah 15. Jason Clark 16. Zane Musgrove 17. Cameron Murray 18. Anthony Cherrington 19. Robbie Rochow 20. Tyrell Fuimaono 22. Aaron Gray