CRONULLA SHARKS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS at Remondis Stadium, Monday 7pm
Gould: NSW's Origin chances
With the Blues playing the best in the business, what are their chances of bringing home the series? Phil Gould discusses with Andrew Webster.
Last meeting: Round 11 2013 - Sharks 14 bt Rabbitohs 12 at Remondis Stadium
Head-to-head: Sharks 42 Rabbitohs 36 Drawn 3
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
Ladbrokes: Sharks $3.25 Rabbitohs $1.36
Betfair: $3.60 Rabbitohs $1.31
Michael Chammas writes: Adam Reynolds and John Sutton will be keen to put in a strong showing after they were snubbed for Origin selection. The Sharks are without Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita, and while Souths are missing three players, they have the depth to cover.
Tip: Rabbitohs by 12
AAP writes: State of Origin has hit both teams with Nathan Merritt making a return to first grade for the Rabbitohs in place of Greg Inglis, while Ben Lowe returns to the side for Ben Te'o. Bryson Goodwin has been moved to the bench after his disastrous display last weekend against Melbourne with Joel Reddy to start on the wing. Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen are on NSW duty so Chris Heighington and Tinirau Arona are named in their place for the Sharks. Beau Ryan, Todd Carney and Anthony Tupou are all out injured leaving the Sharks light on talent for hooker John Morris's 300th NRL appearance.
Key: Souths' halves John Sutton and Adam Reynolds will be pumped to shine after being overlooked by NSW coach Laurie Daley. The pair have a combined 12 try assists and 12 line break assists this season.
SHARKS: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Blake Ayshford, Ricky Leutele, Jonathan Wright, Daniel Holdsworth, Jeff Robson, Siosaia Vave, John Morris, Bryce Gibbs, Tinirau Arona, Wade Graham (capt), Chris Heighington. Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Sam Tagataese, Tupou Sopoaga, David Fifita, Michael Lichaa (one to be omitted).
RABBITOHS: Nathan Merritt, Alex Johnston, Dylan Walker, Kirisome Auva'a, Joel Reddy, John Sutton (capt), Adam Reynolds, George Burgess, Apisai Koroisau, David Tyrrell, Kyle Turner, Ben Lowe, Sam Burgess. Interchange: Cameron McInnes, Bryson Goodwin, Jason Clark, Luke Burgess.
Referees: Matt Cecchin, Grant Atkins.