Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire will have a strong complement of players to choose from as his side face the in-form South Sydney Rabbitohs this Saturday at ANZ Stadium.
With a longer turnaround following their last-minute defeat to the Melbourne Storm last Thursday, Maguire will again have a strong squad to choose his Round 11 side from with only Chris Lawrence (jaw/face) and Josh Reynolds (knee) unavailable.
All players pulled through the Round 10 loss to Melbourne in good condition, meaning Maguire could again list the same squad for this week's clash against the Rabbitohs or opt to include some of the faces that featured in Canterbury Cup.
With Jacob Liddle dropping back to reserve grade after sitting on the interchange bench on Thursday, Wests Tigers had as many as 10 first-grade players run out for the Western Suburbs Magpies last week (as well as two Development Players) and could again be set to field a similarly strong reserve-grade side this weekend.
For South Sydney, Coach Wayne Bennett has his side humming along on top of the competition ladder and they'll head in to this week's game looking to extend their winning streak to seven wins in a row. The cardinal and myrtle will be without a couple of key outside backs, however, with Alex Johnston (knee) and Kyle Turner (toe) both ruled out while Braidon Burns (hamstring/foot) has not yet returned.
With Turner going down late in the week, Bennett opted to use Ethan Lowe in the centres against Canberra and he may again look to use the veteran forward out wide again this week, although Jacob Gagan does appear the more likely option having featured in the centres for South Sydney back in Round 4.
Both sides will name their 21-man squads for Saturday night's game at 4:00pm AEST on Tuesday before providing an updated 19-man squad at 7:35pm on Friday.
Final team lists will then be confirmed one hour before kickoff (6:35pm, Saturday).
Match: Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers
Round 11 -
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
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