The free-flowing Warriors football seemed to be back last week with four tries against the Titans, including the first from winger David Fusitu'a who led the regular competition in 2018 with 22.

In contrast, something isn't good in the Redfern neighbourhood. The Rabbitohs missed 37 tackles in the loss to Manly at Lottoland, which was only marginally better than the 38 they missed against the Titans the week before.

Wayne Bennett and his coaching staff will be feasting on defence in training sessions this week, particularly if you want to contain players like Fusitu'a, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Solomone Kata and Ken Maumalo.

Rookie Warriors five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tevita might need some research too. The 20-year-old made a line break and five tackle-busts on debut last weekend, and kicked five goals from six attempts. 

Match: Rabbitohs v Warriors

Round 5 -

Full Time
Rabbitohs

Home Team

Rabbitohs

Scored 28 points
Warriors

Away Team

Warriors

Scored 24 points

Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

The Rundown

Team news

Rabbitohs: One late change for the Bunnies, with Junior Tatola elevated to the starting lineup and George Burgess moving to the bench. Connor Tracey and Bailey Sironen were the last players cut before kick-off. Jacob Gagan was monitored throughout the week for concussion and cut from the squad on Friday with Rhys Kennedy. Souths have won seven of their past eight games against the Warriors.

Warriors: Good news for Warriors fans with Issac Luke cleared to return after missing last week's game with a hamstring injury. Jazz Tevaga successfully beat his dangerous contact charge and will come off the bench to allow Luke to start. Gerard Beale was omitted an hour before kick-off, while Adam Keighran and Liligiifo Sao were cut on Friday afternoon.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Alex Johnston
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Corey Allan
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Kyle Turner
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Solomone Kata
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Campbell Graham
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Warriors is number 20 Gerard Beale

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 14 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Warriors is number 22 Issac Luke
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 John Sutton
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Adam Blair
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Sam Burgess
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 8 George Burgess
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Ethan Lowe
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Liam Knight
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Isaiah Papali'i

Key match-up

In the Queensland early autumn warmth positional kicking will be key to try to keep the bigger men fresh, which brings two of the best into play in Blake Green and Adam Reynolds. Get in early for ringside seats to watch Adam Blair try to monster Cameron Murray up the middle, while Damien Cook battles two tricky No.9s in Karl Lawton and Jazz Tevaga. 

For the Rabbitohs to win

Firstly, they need Adam Reynolds to find his radar. He missed three goals against the Sea Eagles - two from easy range - plus two field goals, although one hit the left upright. Secondly, a clean-up of the handling errors would help. There's no stat to measure attitude, but if they up the ante on that one the Rabbitohs will go a long way to stopping back-to-back losses.

For the Warriors to win

Rough up the South Sydney forwards a little in the opening 20 minutes and then run them ragged by letting the Warriors back-five taunt them. But the Rabbitohs can match the Warriors in flamboyance so the Auckland team need to be disciplined in defence as No.6 Cody Walker is roaming all over the field to link up with his outside backs.

Brett Kimmorley says

South Sydney are probably playing the most physical style of football at the moment. I don’t think Wayne Bennett will allow his team to drop two games in a row, they made a lot of errors last week. The Warriors can look really good when they are winning, I just don’t know if they can grind out victories. Rabbitohs by 8

Rabbitohs Stat Attack

Reynolds has been off target with the boot but he still has more goals (16) than anyone else in the NRL. He's also tops in try assists (6) and all kicks (60).

Warriors Stat Attack

Jazz Tevaga is equal-first in handling errors (7), while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is equal-fourth in line breaks (4) and equal-third in tackle breaks (23).

And another thing ...

Sam Burgess has four tries from four games. He needs to get his fellow forwards interested in the white chalk as neither Cook, John Sutton, Tom Burgess or Junior Tatola have scored yet, although Murray at lock is holding his own with two.