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Official team lists, updates and injury news for week three of the 2021 Telstra Premiership finals series.

Finals week three team lists

Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles, Friday 8.05pm at Suncorp Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Blake Taaffe
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason Saab
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan Harper
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 19 Moses Suli
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Jaxson Paulo
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran Foran
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Mark Nicholls
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan Croker
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Josh Schuster
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Benji Marshall
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Jacob Host
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan Walker
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Thomas Burgess
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl Lawton
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jai Arrow
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka

Reserves

  • Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 19 Patrick Mago
    Reserve for Sea Eagles is number 21 Tevita Funa

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

Last updated:

Rabbitohs: Wayne Bennett's team will start 1-17 with Patrick Mago the 18th man.

There are no injury concerns for the Bunnies with coach Wayne Bennett sticking with the same team that upset Penrith in week one of the finals.

Apart from suspended fullback Latrell Mitchell and winger Josh Mansour (knee), Souths are rested and at full strength for the preliminary final.

"The bodies are a bit fresher after not having to play [last week] and mentally we could switch off and just prepare for this week," captain Adam Reynolds said.

Braidon Burns and Jed Cartwright were omitted from the reserves list on Thursday night.

The Rabbitohs have won five of their past six games against the Sea Eagles.

Sea Eagles: In a positional change announced an hour before kick-off, Sean Keppie moves into the starting side at prop with Martin Taupau dropping back to the bench.

Despite being described as "ready to go" by coach Des Hasler on Thursday, Brad Parker is out with a hand injury with Moses Suli replacing him at centre.

Tevita Funa will be Manly's 18th man.

Parker and Curtis Sironen dropped out of the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off.

Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic requires one try to break Phil Blake’s club try-scoring record.

Storm v Panthers, Saturday 4pm at Suncorp Stadium

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Storm is number 1 Ryan Papenhuyzen
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Storm is number 2 George Jennings
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin Olam
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Matt Burton
  • Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Panthers is number 21 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron Munster
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome Hughes
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Storm is number 8 Jesse Bromwich
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon Smith
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Storm is number 10 Christian Welch
    Prop for Panthers is number 16 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Kurt Capewell
  • 2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Kenneath Bromwich
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 17 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale Finucane
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Storm is number 14 Harry Grant
    Interchange for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • Interchange for Storm is number 15 Tui Kamikamica
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
  • Interchange for Storm is number 16 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Scott Sorensen
  • Interchange for Storm is number 17 Nicho Hynes
    Interchange for Panthers is number 19 Spencer Leniu

Reserves

  • Reserve for Storm is number 19 Tom Eisenhuth
    Reserve for Panthers is number 5 Brent Naden

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

Last updated:

Storm: Star winger Josh Addo-Carr returns from a hamstring injury and said earlier this week he was running at "95 percent" and will be good to go for Saturday afternoon.

Bullocking hooker Brandon Smith was cleared of a facial fracture following a head clash with Manly's Josh Aloiai in week one and he is a confirmed starter.

Tom Eisenhuth is the 18th man with Isaac Lumelume dropping out of the playing squad an hour before kick-off. Aaron Pene and Chris Lewis were the first two players cut from the squad on Friday.

The Storm have won four of their past five preliminary finals.

Panthers: Brian To'o (ankle) is a late inclusion after being named in the 21-man squad among the reserves following his late withdrawal against the Eels. Viliame Kikau (ankle) is also cleared to play and will come off the bench with Tevita Pangai jnr joining the starting pack.

The Panthers lost prop Moses Leota to a minor calf complaint on Friday. His place in the starting side is taken by Liam Martin and Spencer Leniu comes onto the bench.

Tyrone May (knee) is set to make his return on the interchange, replacing Mitch Kenny (ankle). May injured his MCL last month but returned to training last week.

Brent Naden is the 18th man, while J'maine Hopgood was omitted from the squad on game day. Izack Tago and Leota were the two players to come out of the squad on Friday.

The Panthers have scored only two tries in two finals matches in 2021.