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After staging their version of The Great Escape at Lottoland last Saturday, the Wests Tigers face another tough test against the Rabbitohs.

Following a week of tumult, the win over Manly kept the slim finals hopes of Michael Maguire's side alive. 

Anything less than three wins to end the season will end those dreams.

South Sydney, on the other hand, are now most likely playing to secure a home final in the first week of the play-offs with the top four looking a step too far in the wake of last weekend's loss to Melbourne.

The rundown

Team news

Wests Tigers: Moses Mbye (knee) and Joey Leilua (ankle) have both been ruled out of Thursday night's game with injuries. Adam Doueihi will revert back to fullback, with Tommy Talau and Chris Lawrence filling both centre positions. 

Russell Packer and Josh Reynolds were the first to be left out of the squad when it was reduced from 21 to 19 by Michael Maguire on Wednesday. Wests Tigers have conceded 30 points or more in four of their past five games. 

Rabbitohs: The Rabbitohs are 1-17. Dane Gagai is set to return from a hamstring strain on the wing after being named in place of Jaxson Paulo. Tevita Tatola is out with Liam Knight starting at prop and Jed Cartwright on the bench.

Back-rower Keaon Koloamatangi has been included on the bench but must pass final HIA protocols. Centre Campbell Graham has scored six tries in his past four games.

Troy Dargan and Cory Denniss were omitted from the squad 24 hours out from kick-off.

Paulo and Ky Rodwell were cut an hour before game time.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey Allan
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 18 Chris Lawrence
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Steven Marsters
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Dane Gagai
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Liam Knight
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Bayley Sironen
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Jed Cartwright
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Keaon Koloamatangi

Key match-up

Benji Marshall v Cody Walker. With the Wests Tigers moving on from Marshall in 2021, the future Hall of Famer needs to prove himself worthy of a contract at another club if he intends to play on. Getting the better of the talented Walker would make a strong statement.

Stat attack

Wests Tigers' win over Manly came with just 42 per cent of possession across the 80 minutes. They'll need to get better in that department to beat the Rabbitohs. Impressively, the Tigers missed just 16 tackles at Lottoland.