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Broncos forward David Fifita.

Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett concedes it will hard to contain David Fifita for 80 minutes on Friday night but believes his team can limit the tearaway Bronco's impact.

Bennett, who handed Fifita his NRL debut at Brisbane in 2018 and is reportedly keen on luring him to Redfern, said a strategy has been devised to defend the explosive 20-year-old second-rower.

Fifita scored a stunning long-range try and made 150 metres against North Queensland in a round one win to underline why clubs are ready to pay top dollar for his services.

"He's a handful and everybody knows that," Bennett said on Thursday.

"There's always been great players in the game – whether it was [Johnathan] Thurston or [Gorden] Tallis or those type of guys, they're always hard to tackle. Johnathan was hard to read because of his great skill level and decision-making.

"Once you find a way to do it, you get a bit of a plan. Everyone's working to a bit of a plan, how they can defend it.

Broncos v Rabbitohs - Round 2

"But do you stop them on every run? No, you probably don’t, but you'll stop them more times than not when you've got a bit of a plan."

Fifita is a key cog in the exciting young Brisbane pack, with Payne Haas, Thomas Flegler and Pat Carrigan posing threats in the middle.

Second-rower Tevita Pangai jnr is sidelined through suspension.

Bennett's big men including Junior Tatola and Liam Knight stood up in their opening victory against the Sharks, making for a great battle at Suncorp Stadium.

"Brisbane have got a lot of wonderful players there, so I'm expecting a pretty tough game of football. I think everyone's prepared for that," Bennett said.

The seven-time premiership-winning mentor was particularly impressed with Tatola's performance last week where he recorded 198 metres, 15 hit-ups and 31 tackles.

"He set something. I'm not sure if it was a benchmark or what, but he certainly showed us what he can do and what I've seen in him since I've been here," Bennett said.

"His challenge now is to do it for 24 weeks in a row."

Why Bennett wants games to go on

South Sydney will catch a charter flight to Brisbane on game-day as per the NRL's measures to protect against coronavirus.

No fans will fill the usually heaving Suncorp Stadium grandstands, but Bennett doesn't think the lack of buzz will hurt his team.

"From our point of view, at least the players won't be getting heckled and the crowd [won't be] going off if the Broncos score," he said.

Bennett said he is considering sitting on the sideline or even behind the posts, which he considers the "best place to coach from".

For the most part, Bennett is trying to avoid the hysteria of the COVID-19 crisis and said the Rabbitohs have poked fun at the demand for toilet paper in supermarkets as people panic-buy.

"Because I've reached the 70 mark, the boys want me to go over early in the morning and get some toilet paper for them," Bennett quipped.

"That was Adam Reynolds's idea, which could only come from him of course. He was pretty excited when he came into training two days ago and realised I could go over there and use my seniors pass."

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