The Rabbitohs have found the going tough in 2022 as injuries to stars Latrell Mitchell and Cameron Murray have hit hard and their new-look spine has struggled for cohesion.
Souths have already lost more games than they did all season in 2021 and their devastating left-side attack seems to have deserted them.
In contrast the Tigers have gradually found their feet and the inclusion of Brent Naden gives them another strike weapon out wide.
When the sides met in round seven it was the Tigers coming away with an upset 23-22 victory on the back of a late Luke Brooks field goal so Michael Maguire's men will have plenty of belief heading into Saturday's rematch.
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Latest team news
Rabbitohs: Mark Nicholls has been promoted to the starting side in his first game back from an ankle injury. Tevita Tatola is out after failing to recover from a head knock. Captain Cameron Murray will start at lock in his return from a shoulder injury with Hame Sele shifting to the bench. Kodi Nikorima is a surprise start at fullback with Blake Taaffe dropping back to the interchange list. Shaquai Mitchell has been added to the bench for his second career game with Liam Knight out.
Wests Tigers: Good news for Michael Maguire's side with Daine Laurie (knee), Luke Brooks (hamstring) and Jackson Hastings (foot) set to play their first game together since defeating the Rabbitohs in round seven. Alex Twal has been ruled out, however, with Alex Seyfarth taking his place on the bench. Tyrone Peachey is 18th man.
Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 17 Kodi NikorimaFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex JohnstonWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Asu Kepaoa
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Jaxson PauloCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Starford To'a
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell GrahamCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Brent Naden
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Taane MilneWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody WalkerFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Lachlan IliasHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson Hastings
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas BurgessProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien CookHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark NichollsProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jai Arrow2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Rabbitohs is number 24 Cameron MurrayLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 1 Blake TaaffeInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Kelma Tuilagi
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 13 Hame SeleInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Fa'amanu Brown
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Siliva HaviliInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Stefano Utoikamanu
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 21 Shaquai MitchellInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Alex Seyfarth
Replacement for Rabbitohs is number 18 Josh MansourReplacement for Wests Tigers is number 21 Tyrone Peachey
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
- Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
- Senior Review Official: Adam Gee
Cody Walker v Luke Brooks: The Bunnies' spiritual leader looked out of sorts in Dubbo but he's sure to be primed for something special in Indigenous Round. If the Rabbitohs are to turn their fortunes around it starts with Walker playing up-tempo and bringing his trademark energy to the table. Brooks' return from a hamstring injury is a massive boost for the Tigers and he'll resume his combination with Jackson Hastings which was proving so effective. Since moving to No.6 in round six, Brooks has racked up four try assists, two line breaks and 12 tackle breaks, revelling in the extra freedom of playing wider and letting Hastings control the game.
The Rabbitohs have scored 42 tries in 11 rounds this season compared to 45 tries at the same stage last season but they have won just five games compared to eight at the corresponding stage in 2021. The Tigers have 29 tries after 11 rounds compared to 38 at the same time last year.