NRL Preview Manly Sea Eagles v South Sydney Rabbitohs Thursday, March 31, 8pm (AEST), Brookvale Oval, Sydney
Both Manly and South Sydney have been ravaged by early-season injuries and will need to dig deep on Thursday to collect a much-needed two points. Both sides are very much at the crossroads as Round 5 kicks off.
Selection NotesManly have suffered the ultimate blow with Daly Cherry-Evans to miss an extended period while Jamie Buhrer is also out with injury. Steve Matai and Tom Symonds are also long odds to return according to coach Trent Barrett though Matai has been named. Martin Taupau and Brenton Lawrence return from suspension while Api Koroisau comes into the side at halfback. Souths are hoping Sam Burgess is right to go after his neck scare but he has been named to return along with brother Tom. Paul Carter has been dropped. Kirisome Auva’a replaces Michael Oldfield on the wing with Alex Johnston still out. The Rabbitohs are without halfback Adam Reynolds.