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Andrew Voss says the Kiwis will be hard to beat in the 2016 mid-year Test against Australia.

Andrew Voss gives his opinion on tripping, the Trans-Tasman Test, the Warriors' new halves combination and the Panthers' close games this season.

What should we do with trippers?

Send them to the sin bin.

Last week I called for the five-minute sin bin to be reintroduced to our game, and now I'd like the referees to have the option of binning players who attempt to trip opponents.

Last week we had another two players charged with the offence: Manly's Dylan Walker and the Dragons Gareth Widdop.

The previous week the Bulldogs' Tony Williams copped a charge.

Back in the day, tripping was a send-off offence. Now while I'm not calling for that to happen in 2016, I believe a stint off the field during the game shouldn't be out of the question.

How good are the Kiwis looking for the Test next month?

If ever an Australia v New Zealand Test deserved to be given the same build-up as a State of Origin game, it has to be the battle we've got coming up on May 6 in Newcastle.

Sadly, the way the draw is structured, the two sides will have no more than a couple of training sessions to prepare.

New Zealand have so many in-form players to pick from with the likes of Jason Taumalolo, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Peta Hiku, Jesse Bromwich, Kieran Foran and Marty Taupau among them.

If the match isn't a sell-out well in advance, someone isn't doing their job. Stop all the Origin selection talk. The Test should have centre stage right now.

Bring it on!

How big is Friday night for the Rabbitohs?


You're not going to win or lose the competition in Round 7, but if the Cowboys play well we will learn a lot about where to rank the Rabbitohs as contenders in 2016.

North Queensland were outstanding against Penrith. They made only three handling errors in a high quality contest, and came back from 10 points down to win.

Jake Granville had his best impact for the season so far, and that could spell bad news for Souths.

The last two matches in Townsville have seen the home side rack up a combined scoreline of 76 points to nil.

The Rabbitohs need more than just the return of Adam Reynolds to step up for this one.

Should the Panthers be worried at sitting 12th?

Not yet.

The fact is they could be top of the table on 12 points rather than in 12th place.

I rate the Panthers as easily the best performed side of the current bottom eight.

Their run of close matches to start the year is almost a premiership record. After losing by eight points to the Raiders in Round 1, the margin in Panthers games since has been two points in defeat versus the Bulldogs, a one-point win over the Broncos, a two-point loss to the Dragons, a late two-point victory versus Eels and now a five-point defeat at the hands of the Cowboys.

In four of their six games this year, the lead has changed in the final three minutes.

It's great entertainment for all bar their coach and fans.

But they don't want to be talking about "what could have been" for too much longer.

Monday night against the Roosters is a must-win game for the Panthers in my opinion. It'll make for a terrific clash on Fox Sports because I am sure the Roosters will have the same attitude.

Will the switch of Tuimoala Lolohea to the halves change things for the Warriors?

Yes… but don't expect miracles.

Saturday's game at the 'Cake Tin' in Wellington will be one of the feature clashes of Round 7.

Lolohea could have easily won the Dally M Rookie of the Year last season after covering just about every backline position for the Warriors.

I am convinced Andrew McFadden's side will be better served the more Lolohea gets his hands on the ball.

But don't let the focus on the Warriors' playmakers hide the fact this team is still conceding way too many points. Try 27 points a game on average.

Only the bottom two sides have conceded more, and they're the only two teams the Warriors have beaten over the first six weeks.

What has been the biggest form turnaround this season?

Wakefield in the Super League.

Last weekend marked a year since they were humbled 80-0 by Warrington. They would go on to finish last of 12 in 2015, winning just three games, but survive the relegation drop.

Twelve months on they recorded an amazing 62-0 win over Wigan.

After winning just one of their first six games this year, the Wildcats have now recorded consecutive wins over Huddersfield, Leeds, Salford and the Warriors.

And a mention to finish for Willie Mason who nabbed a try for Catalans against Hull KR in the most Super League recent round.

Big Willie will feature again in the clash with St Helens on Friday morning - a game you can watch live on Fox Sports.

I'm off to Brookvale on Thursday night to call the Sea Eagles v Eels for Fox Sports, and then I'm heading up to Brisbane on Saturday for the match between the Broncos and the Knights.

Giddy Up!

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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