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The Roosters have a top-four spot secured, but enter Friday's match knowing a win will book them a meeting with the Storm in week one of the post-season.

They rested a host of stars yet were still able to take care of the finals-bound Sharks last weekend.

There is plenty of work to be done, but their plan of three straight titles remains on the cards.

The Rabbitohs are also certain of finals action but will be playing sudden-death football from week one of the play-offs.

The rundown

Team news

Rabbitohs: Tevita Tatola will start in jersey No.18 with Jed Cartwright dropping back to the interchange. Patrick Mago and Troy Dargan were the last two players dropped from the squad.

Dane Gagai has returned from suspension in place of Steven Marsters at centre. Jack Johns and Cory Denniss were omitted from the 19-man squad on Thursday night. The Rabbitohs have conceded 72 points in their past three games.

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Roosters: Fullback James Tedesco, hooker Jake Friend, back-rower Boyd Cordner and prop Siosiua Taukeiaho all return. Friend said on Wednesday that he and Cordner are fit and ready after the week off.

Matthew Ikuvalu replaces Brett Morris on the wing, while Freddy Lussick was the other player to drop out of the playing squad 24 hours before kick-off. Daniel Fifita and Ryan Hall were the two players omitted an hour before kick-off.

Joey Manu, Lindsay Collins and Isaac Liu will get a rest, Angus Crichton has switched to lock and Lachlan Lam is set to return from an ankle injury in place of Drew Hutchison on the bench. The Roosters have won seven of their past 10 games against the Rabbitohs.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Corey Allan
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Roosters is number 18 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Liam Knight
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Bayley Sironen
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 18 Tevita Tatola
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Angus Crichton

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jed Cartwright
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Lachlan Lam
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Keaon Koloamatangi
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Sonny Bill Williams

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Chris Butler
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key match-up

Damien Cook v Jake Friend. Different styles of players, but both extremely important to their side. Cook has improved as 2020 has continued, while Friend remains a crucial part of the Roosters machine. If Cook can find open space around the ruck, the Rabbitohs may be able to post a winning score.

Stat attack

The Roosters are averaging a tick under 30 points a game in 2020. If they can maintain that level of attacking prowess during the finals, it is hard to see anyone beating them.

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